Divorce For Business Owners

Very rarely is a divorce simple, but when one or both parties have substantial business ownership interests that are divisible in the divorce, it can be extremely challenging, contentious and expensive.

I am Sam Bruner, Atlanta divorce attorney and founder of Bruner & Associates. With more than 30 years of business ownership experience before becoming a lawyer, I am uniquely positioned to provide legal counsel for business owners in their divorces. As a solo practitioner, I am able to keep my overhead low and avoid the trappings of big law firms, which allows me to provide you with exceptional legal service without the exceptionally high price.

Business Division In Divorce

When division of assets in a divorce involves business ownership, the matter is tremendously complicated. I can provide you with sound counsel and representation throughout the process, including:

  • Valuation: The initial — and often most complicated — step of dividing a business involves determining the business's worth. This can include valuation of everything from stock option value to cash on hand.
  • Creative property division to meet your objectives: Depending on your long-term goals for the business, I can help you find the approach that works best for you. If no one wants to keep the business going, liquidation is one of the simpler options for this type of asset division. If you want to keep your business alive, we can discuss several options for doing that, including valuation and buyouts, creative mergers and other options.
  • Amicable solutions/ADR: For most people, there is enough discord, cost and stress in a divorce without adding to it in the legal process. I like to find ways to resolve division of assets disputes outside of the courtroom whenever possible, which minimizes time, money and stress for my clients.

Pre-Emptive Business Succession Planning

As a lawyer, I am constantly striving to help my clients find cost-saving, efficient approaches to their legal matters. In business division, I find that the best way to streamline the process is by handling it pre-emptively. I have more than 30 years of experience as a business owner, and I have created my own extensive succession plan as well as succession plans for my clients as an attorney.

I help business owners with pre-emptive succession planning strategies prepare contingencies for division of business interests. I can help you avoid situations in which an ex-spouse wants to become an equal partner in the company and other unfavorable situations. I provide extensive business valuation services and help clients create life insurance policies, buy-sell agreements and other contingency plans to help them control the direction and future of their businesses.

Business division in a divorce can be extremely messy. Let me help you shield your business against destruction or an unwanted change of direction. To schedule a free initial phone consultation, call 404-834-6370 (866-544-0951 toll free) or contact me online.