Patrick Dragga and Kevin Hessler attended the Maryland, DC. and Virginia Chapters’ May Meeting at Lansdown Resort in Northern Virginia for comradery and continuing legal education. The retreat, which has become an annual event gives Fellows for the Tri-state area a chance to recreate and hear specialists in various subject areas opine about current issues in Family law.
This year’s topic was a serious matter with a humorous name: the 10 dumbest things people do to hide money. From hiding cash in the drop ceiling to overpaying income taxes, our speaker, noted attorney, CPA, business valuator and fraud examiner, Fellow Jeff Brend of Illinois, took us through many of the tricks used for hiding money before or during a divorce proceeding. While some vignettes were funny, efforts to disadvantage a spouse in divorce are not. From “paper” and “electronic” trails to Bitcoins vigilance and care in discovering the marital estate are more critical than ever.