JAMES THOMAS SCHAEFER, CPA
FAMILY LAW LITIGATION SERVICES
James Thomas Schaefer, CPA exists to solve the critical asset division and support issues facing our clients.
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Jim began his professional career with Peat Marwick in 1972. In 1985 he formed his own CPA practice. For more than 10 years he has focused on family law forensic accounting. Today his practice is 100% focused on serving family law attorneys and their client primarily in the areas of:
Tracing separate party assets
Opining on income available for support
Opining on the marital standard of living
Testifying in superior court
Developing demonstrative exhibits
Characterization of stock options & RSUs
Proving reimbursement claims (FC Sec. 2640)
Assisting counsel in answering document demands
HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT?
1. OPINIONS ARE RENDERED WITH OBJECTIVITY
Jim believes that experts who sacrifice their objectivity and integrity are destined for defeat. No judge will give credence to a "hired gun" who has subordinated his or her judgment to others. Jim's opinions are supported by facts and referenced by Bates number.
2. JIM UNDERSTANDS THE JUDICIAL MENTALITY AND THE CONCEPT OF THE LEGAL ELEMENTS
Jim communicates the pertinent facts related to the legal elements in the Question / Answer / Why method preferred by many judicial officers.
3. DOCUMENTS ARE BATES NUMBERED AND PROCESSED WITH MODERN COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY TO CONSERVE COSTS
If "an army marches on its stomach" then family law cases depend upon production of documents and disclosures. Documents are processed using custom software tools and made available to counsel using a hyperlinked DropBox platform. Bates numbering is a standard procedure.
4. WE KNOW HOW TO CREATE DEMONSTRATIVE EXHIBITS TO TELL OUR STORY
The combination of Jim's computer graphics experience and good genes (uncle was a commercial artist) enables Jim to produce demonstrative exhibits of high quality. His Peat Marwick training as a national instructor (professionally trained in NYC by communications consultant) enables Jim to explain his exhibits in a simple, understandable manner.