Can spouse give away community property?
California is a community property state. In fact, California law expressly prohibits a spouse from giving away community property “for less than fair and reasonable value” without the written consent of the other spouse. Failure to follow this rule can lead to complicated litigation after a spouse’s death.
Are bank records private?
In United States v. Miller, the Supreme Court held that a bank customer does not have a legally recognizable expectation of privacy in records of accounts maintained by a bank.
Are asset searches legal?
Asset searches, which may include bank and investment accounts, are not illegal; however, certain actions to obtain this information, such as pre-texting, are illegal. State laws also allow the creditor, after a judgment is obtained, to examine and request asset information from the debtor.
How can you find out someone’s assets?
You can often find lists of someone’s financial assets in civil or criminal litigation records or in probate. Divorce records generally have an exhaustive list of assets. Bankruptcy records must by law list all assets. If the subject has recently inherited assets, try probate court records.
How do you find someone’s assets after death?
If a loved one has died and you are the rightful heir, you should search to see whether there is unclaimed money or property in their name. You can do an almost-nationwide search at the free website www.missingmoney.com. You can choose to search a single state or all states that participate.
How do you find a hidden asset of a deceased person?
Sometimes an owner dies and his or her heirs fail to claim assets left to them because they don’t know about the inheritance. To search for these assets, go to www.missingmoney.com, which you can also reach by typing www.unclaimed.org and clicking on the MissingMoney.com link.
How do I find someone’s finances?
A better way to access someone’s financial record than online is to look at their in-person records. Go to the office of your county clerk and ask for information on how to find Uniform Commercial Code filings.