Finding assets is not as easy as simply looking up a person’s bank details. There are so many different types of assets and not all are fluid money sitting in one’s bank account. What you typically need is an individual’s financial records, but then, a look would require a court order or authorization and may not even provide complete details as some people hide their assets for various reasons. Fortunately, some assets can be found by looking at public records. Below are the best types of public records to look at if you want to find assets.
Although not all places make divorce proceedings publicly available, there is a wealth of information to be had from those that allow it. You can look up priceless collections aside from bank details, retirement funds, and the like.
Small Business Retirement Funds
Small business owners have a habit of stashing some of their assets in the company’s retirement plan. You can access the data because these companies usually file an annual form with government agencies.
Real Property Records
Records of real property will usually let you know where a person lives as well as other properties the person may have, even if its on the middle of nowhere!
Assets in the form of inheritance from relatives can be found in local probate filings.
Motor Vehicle Registrations
Motor vehicle registrations can uncover a collection of expensive vehicles as well as let you know what vehicle the person may use on a day to day basis.
Believe it or not, some crafty individuals use nonprofit organizations to divert funds or to get money via false expense payments and blown up salaries. If someone is employed by a nonprofit, that will be a good starting point to look for assets.
Watercraft Registrations and Aircraft Registrations
Both are required to be registered by law. You can look up the information you need by searching for the company’s name or individual’s name under registrations.
Owning a limited liability or limited partnership company as well as involvement in a corporation are ways that some individuals use to hide assets. They use the company name instead of their name when registering property.
Patents and Trademarks
Patents and trademarks can be worth millions. Some people do not register a business or company under their name so looking at patents and trademarks used for that person’s business can point you to the right direction.
Records of civil litigation can let you know about business settlements, stock holdings through details in a class-action lawsuit, and many more!
Do you know that publicly traded companies are required by the law to make certain disclosures that private companies can get away from? You can find out about compensation agreements, stock holdings, stock options, and independent contractor agreements from SEC filings.