Stock Options & Deferred Compensation
The attorneys at Alpine Family Law understand the contentious nature of high-asset property division. Our legal team possesses the experience and resources to take on complex divorces in Washington, particularly those that involve skilled professionals and executive managers who have compensation packages that contain:
- Bonuses and commissions
- Graduated salaries
- Stock options
- Severance packages
We invite you to give us a call to discuss your specific case with an experienced lawyer. We serve clients on the Eastside and throughout the Seattle area.
Our Experience In Complex Property Division Cases
Our firm's attorneys leverage the skills of our network of industry professionals as needed. Teaming with CPAs, forensic accountants, executive compensation specialists and other experts helps us build compelling cases. Combining our experience with their insight helps us determine the portion of stock and deferred compensation subject to division.
Senior management and highly skilled employees — specifically in the tech industry such as Microsoft based in Redmond — are compensated through a graduated salary structure. Meant to reward performance and long-term loyalty as opposed to a high starting salary, employees' compensation may be structured in tiers over several years of employment. Staff members may also earn stock options or stock awards and other incentives until they are considered fully vested.
Exploring All Options While Looking Out For Our Clients' Best Interests
Not all stock options or common shares are subject to division. In fact, some companies forbid any type of transfer. In those cases, we explore other options for compensation, which include establishing a constructive trust or dividing proceeds after options vest.
In a divorce, the methods in which employers structure and project compensation impact future considerations into a divorce settlement. Whether we are representing employees or their spouses, we look out for their financial best interests.
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