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Cryptocurrency in Divorce Proceedings

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Is Cryptocurrency the New Swiss Bank Account?

Imagine you have a coin that is worth thousands of U.S. Dollars. Except unlike the traditional coin that you can hold in your hand, this coin only exists digitally. This is the concept behind Bitcoin, the first and most well-established class of cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is a new class of asset that is becoming increasingly popular, not only in the United States but across the world. Cryptocurrency defies the traditional notions of “currency”, in the sense that there is no central issuing authority or governmental regulatory body. Exchanges and transfers of cryptocurrency are encrypted so that each exchange or transfer is anonymous, the data is decentralized, and no third party can control the currency.

Bitcoin constitutes forty percent of the cryptocurrency market and is the most well-known form of cryptocurrency. Its “high risk, high return” and unregulated nature have made bitcoin very popular for investors, traders, and, unfortunately, people trying to hide their money from their spouses.

In addition to the problem of determining if a spouse has any bitcoins, there is a huge issue in the valuation of bitcoin during the pendency of divorce due to its high volatility. The value of certain types of cryptocurrency can also vary drastically from day to day. For example, in December 2017, Bitcoin hit a high of $20,000, but less than two months later, dropped to $6,000. As bitcoin only started gaining popularity over the past few years, there are very few legal opinions written on the subject. This article will address the basics of bitcoin trading and tips for lawyers to help protect and educate their clients.

How Do Bitcoin Transfers Work?

In order to help clients or spouses of bitcoin holders, it is helpful for divorce lawyers to have a basic understanding of how bitcoin is exchanged. Bitcoins are exchanged over a worldwide peer-to-peer network. Every time a bitcoin is exchanged or transferred, there is an “entry” on a global, decentralized ledger known as the “blockchain.” A helpful analogy to explain the blockchain is thinking about it like a giant, worldwide poker game where the players left their chips and cash at home. In order to keep track of all the transactions, multiple players keep their own ledger on their own notebooks and compare their lists of transactions to catch any discrepancies. You can think of each “page” as a “block” of transactions “chained together” on a ledger, hence the name “blockchain.” Therefore, for each proposed bitcoin transaction, the bitcoin holder will need to announce to the network their account number, the account number of the person they are sending bitcoins to, and how many bitcoins they want to send. This ensures the blockchain is updated with all bitcoin transactions.

To further protect user identities, when a user creates an account (a “wallet”) on the bitcoin network, the account is linked to two “keys”, unique to the given user. The user has one public key and one private key. For each proposed bitcoin transaction, the user will “sign” the transaction using their private key, which only they have access to. The other members of the bitcoin network will then be able to use that user’s public key to verify the transaction. Each user also has a unique “wallet address”, which can be used to look up any cryptocurrency transactions for that given user.

Tax Consequences of Bitcoin Transfers

An often-overlooked issue when dealing with bitcoin and divorce are the potential tax consequences of bitcoin transfers. The IRS considers bitcoins as capital assets subject to capital gain or loss treatment on all sales and exchanges. In fact, earlier this year, the IRS specifically issued a statement warning that “taxpayers could be subject to criminal prosecution for failing to properly report the income tax consequences of virtual currency transactions.” There are two recommended approaches for tax reporting for bitcoin transfers/exchanges: (1) Convert Bitcoin to U.S. Dollars for each purchase and sale transaction using the Bitcoin market price that day in U.S. Dollars, or (2) Use Bitcoin as a functional currency, using an average Bitcoin vs. U.S. dollar conversion rate for the tax year. Regardless of the approach a bitcoin holder utilizes, the potential capital gains are substantial and should be contemplated in a couple’s marital settlement agreement or final judgment.

An important distinction to note is that unlike sales of stocks or bonds where your typical brokerage firm or bank will send you a statement, Coinbase will only issue a statement if a spouse has realized over $20,000 in gains and had at least 200 transactions. Therefore, the burden falls on the bitcoin holder to accurately report gains and losses from bitcoin transfers for a particular tax year. When negotiating settlements, lawyers or professionals may consider using websites like Bitcoin.tax and Cointracking.info to help estimate how much tax may be owed in a given tax year.

Cryptocurrency in Divorce Proceedings

Divorce is difficult and you often times have trust issues between the spouses when one believes the other is hiding money or property to gain an advantage during the divorce proceedings. The difficulty is seeing another layer in this day and age of virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, that are easy to hide and have values that extremely volatile and difficult or impossible to determine.

Parties have a duty to fully disclose their assets and liabilities, however, with the purchase and sale of virtual currencies like Bitcoin being anonymous it may be a new way for a spouse to hide money during or in contemplation of a divorce. The lack of a paper trail lends itself to the potential for deceit. If you obtain cryptocurrency online or with funds from a bank account, there will be a trial to follow. However, if someone were to trade using a virtual wallet it makes tracing more difficult. Even more difficult is if the digital wallet is transferred from a computer, smartphone, or tablet onto a USB, not only is there no trail – there is very little or no evidence that a transaction has taken place. Another example of this virtual power to obtain cryptocurrencies without having a withdrawal on a bank statement is by purchasing items on Amazon, which are then sent to the seller in exchange for Bitcoin.

Bitcoins: Treated Like Cash but Mined Like Gold

There is also the potential to “mine” cryptocurrency. Mining is the terms used to describe the creation of new units. This needs some explanation:

Bitcoins are treated like cash but are mined like gold. There are three ways to obtain (1) buying them on an exchange; (2) accepting them for goods or services; and (3) mining new ones, like finding gold! In the virtual world of mining for cryptocurrency – it really means the verification of a bitcoin transaction, such as Joe buys a radio from Bob with bitcoin and in order to make sure Bobs bitcoin is genuine, he will have to verify or “mine” the transaction. And it is not just one transaction that Joe will have to verify. He will have to use a computer program(s) to find the key to open the virtual padlock on many transactions that have been gathered together in a blockchain. Once the computer finds the correct combination that verifies and unlocks the box, it pops open which means the transactions are verified and the reward to the “miner” is 25 newly generated bitcoins. It is published that the current number of attempts it takes to find the correct key is approximately 1,789,546,951.05 (Blockchain.info—a top site for the latest real-time bitcoin transactions). Even with so many attempts necessary, the reward of the 25 mined bitcoins was given out about every 10 minutes in 2017 and in 2018 the reward for mining transactions will be cut in half to 12.5 and will continue to cut in half every four years. Why is this you ask? It gets even more interesting.

When this Bitcoin algorithm was created in 2009, it was under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto—which I understand to be a very common Japanese name. This individual set a limit on the number of bitcoins that will ever exist at 21 million. Currently, 16.6 million are in circulation which means less than 5 million bitcoins are waiting to be mined. The way this system was set up was that it was easier to mine for cryptocurrency in the beginning and as we get closer to that 21 millionth bitcoin it gets much more difficult, exponentially more difficult with a greatly reduced reward. At the current rate of creation, it is estimated that the final bitcoin will be mined in the year 2140. That 21 millionth bitcoin – it has a name, the smallest unit of currency possible for bitcoin is a Satoshi (named after guess who) which is 0.00000001.

How to “Find” and Transfer Cryptocurrency

To give you an idea of how the value of bitcoin has grown over time, the first retail purchase using bitcoin was on May 22, 2010, when a guy in Florida paid 10,000 bitcoins for two pizzas worth $25. At the time, bitcoin had an exchange rate of a few cents. Today one bitcoin is worth $11,390. Those pizzas in today’s value are $113,900.00.

So you suspect your spouse has been purchasing cryptocurrency and you want to know how to find it so that it can be properly valued and accounted for in divorce proceedings. There are services and forensic experts available that trace Bitcoin transactions, but they are not yet widely available because this type of work is so specialized. You also want to keep in mind that you are not just looking for Bitcoin. Although Bitcoin is the most well-known of the cryptocurrencies, there is also Etherium, Litecoin, Ripple and Monero and over a thousand other cryptocurrencies available for purchase and there are more coming available to the open market almost every day.

Discovery Requests and Seeking Evidence of “Virtual Currency”

It is important to formally request documentation concerning cryptocurrency as you would any other financial account. Initially, you would take a look at all of the financial statements for signs of cryptocurrency transactions. Look for large, unexplained cash withdrawals and entries showing “localbitcoins.com” or other peer-to-peer sites on a bank statement and outgoing wire transfers could be a clue.

Include in your standard discovery a request for all information regarding bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general and when you start getting more specific you may want to define the terms such as “Virtual Currency” with a definition perhaps as “any medium of exchange that operates like a currency to some but does not have all of the attributes of legal tender, whether or not that medium of exchange is recognized as legal tender.” A document request may continue like this:

  • All documents regarding virtual currency in your possession, custody or control, including all documents relating to Virtual Currently wallets, and all documents evidencing any transfers of Virtual Currency made by You to and/or from any third party
  • All documents showing public IDs or public keys you have used to transact in Virtual Currency
  • All documents relating to the person or entities you have transacted in Virtual Currency
  • All documents related to your purchase of Virtual Currency including the source of funds used to purchase, the person or entity from whom purchased, and the time, date and manner of the purchase
  • All documents and communications related to the purchase of equipment or software used to mine Virtual Currency (again you will need to define “mine”)
  • All documents and communications related to the amount of Virtual Currency you acquired, owned or held at any time through mining

Web-based Wallet Address, Hardware Wallet and Private Keys

Keeping in mind there may not being any document trail if the cryptocurrency is being kept in a web-based wallet or moved to a hardware wallet which is a USB memory stick that stores your private bitcoin key and requires you to use that USB to transact without exposing your “key” to the internet where it could be vulnerable to hackers. A private key is a secret, alphanumeric password/number used to spend/send bitcoins to another Bitcoin address. It is a 256-bit long randomly selected number which is generated as soon as you make a wallet. This is how the Bitcoin private key looks (it always starts with 5):

5Kb8kLf9zgWQnogidDA76MzPL6TsZZY36hWXMssSzNydYXYB9KF. If you lose your private key, there is a 24-word seed phrase that you can use to unlock your account to still access your virtual wallet.

Bearing lack of documentation in mind, it is important, just as with any asset, to do your due diligence in considering the addition of targeted questions, either in the form of written interrogatories or in an oral deposition, along with the lines of the following:

  • Do you own any form of cryptocurrency?
  • Have you ever owned any form of cryptocurrency?
  • Does anyone hold any cryptocurrency for you?
  • Do you or have you ever had any form of an e-wallet?
  • If you have cryptocurrency account, what exchange(s) do you use?
  • What are your wallet address, private key, and public key?
  • Have your reported capital gains on any virtual currency exchanges?

You may anticipate some pushback in terms of requesting the private key, as it is akin to asking for someone to give you the password for their bank account. For all practical discovery purposes, having the wallet address should be sufficient for purposes of determining what cryptocurrency exchanges the holder has performed. Once you have their wallet address, you can also look up the holder’s incoming and outgoing transactions by typing the wallet address into the explorer for the specific currency.
Obtaining the wallet address is also the most critical piece of information in the event your client wants to divide the cryptocurrency in kind, rather than agreeing upon a cash buyout or offset against another asset based on a valuation date. Specifically, say you represent Wife (the spouse with no cryptocurrency) and she wants Husband to transfer coins to her. Your final divorce agreement would have to provide a process similar to the following:

Husband needs to provide either 1) an accounting of all cryptocurrency he holds or 2) his wallet address within x number of days to the non-holder spouse so Wife can verify all existing coins.

The Wife would need to obtain a wallet and the necessary hardware and provide the Husband with her wallet address.

Within x number of days of receiving the Wife’s wallet address, Husband would transfer the coins to the Wife’s wallet.

Alternatively, in this same example, if Wife wants to agree on a valuation date and buyout/offset for negotiation and balance sheet purposes, you can look at coinmarketcap.com, a website that calculates the average coin price based on all the exchanges. One important note is that there is no “open” or “close” time like in the stock market, so in addition to a valuation date, you should also consider specifying the time of day for valuation or agree to the average price for the day. This is critical given the amount of volatility a particular coin can have even on one day.

Be Aware of Cryptocurrency Issues in Divorce

Many attorneys and people generally stray away from addressing cryptocurrency holdings because they are new and foreign concepts to them. However, at the end of the day, cryptocurrency holdings are conceptually very similar to stock or stock options, which family law attorneys deal with regularly. The question at the end of the day becomes if a spouse wants to ride out the risk of taking a coin “in kind”, or if they want to just take a cash buyout/offset against other assets up front. The most important takeaways are to become knowledgeable about this new type of currency including its associated tax consequences, adjust your discovery requests accordingly, and understand how to transfer it or calculate a buyout in a final divorce settlement.

This article is was co-authored by Janice L. Boback, Anderson & Boback, ISBA Privacy and Information Security Law Section Council Member and George Lattas , Kogut & Wilson, L.L.C., ISBA Family Law Section Council Member


The authors wanted to generally thank Prateek Janardhan, cryptocurrency investor, for helping us review, edit, and draft this article.

George Shnurenko, Different Types of Cryptocurrencies, Explained. Cryptocomes.  (last accessed: August 4, 2018).

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i was involved in a very complicated custody battle. My attorney was Kim Anderson. She stepped up & took my case when 5 other law firms would not. Kim showed professionalisms, integrity & most importantly for me, heart. She diligently fought for almost 4 years to... make sure I had a positive outcome. Kim is not afraid to take on a challenge & give it all she’s got for her clients. I don’t know where my family would be today if not for Kim Anderson.read more
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For years, I have been bombarded with bad-faith petitions by my daughter's biological father; Though we've lived in Florida since my daughter was 17 months old (she'll be 12 in a week), the jurisdiction has remained, sadly, in Illinois. Her father has an unlimited... amount of money to waste, and as a single mother of two, and a Florida educator, I do not; I have struggled to fly back and forth to Chicago from Florida, fighting Pro-Se because I've not been able to afford an attorney. I've had to incur costs to fly to Chicago, lose work time, lose time with my family, and simply continue to be harassed with no end in sight. Recently, after being bombarded again- now with 'emergency petitions' with no merit to them, but simply designed to ensure I am not able to fly within 24 hours from Florida to Chicago to defend myself, my family members said, "ENOUGH!". I was referred to Janice Boback from a dear family friend, and another family member loaned me the retainer fee, which is very reasonable. Janice, with only 36 hours to prepare for a hearing, was a ROCK STAR! It was the first time I felt that the 'little guy' won a victory! She was laser sharp, calm, and unrelenting - Everything was dismissed against me! My daughter's best interest was supported, and the Judge, because it was a hearing, was finally made aware of the facts. After almost two hours, the judge stated he finds me, "Completely credible, honest, and in no way attempting to interfere with [my] daughter's relationship with her biological father"... He went on to tell her father, "She is not responsible for 'spoon-feeding' you information about your daughter."... POETIC JUSTICE! Janice is my HERO - A Peaceful Warrior who is steady in a sea of chaos, ready to lift onto her shoulders those whose voice has been drowned out! Thank you!read more
Rosanne H.
Wonderful law firm! Jessica Marshall is a terrific attorney. Not only is she an expert in family law, she listens, she cares, and she gets to the bottom of the issues to protect the best interests of children involved and the client. She's aggressive and practical and... the one you want on your side. Everyone that I have worked with at this firm has been helpful, skilled, and extremely professional.read more
LV
I have worked with Jan for several years after finding her through Google Reviews. She has been a tremendous asset to my case. She is always responsive and willing to help. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law and is always realistic about expectations.... Ultimately, I got the BEST possible outcome for my case due to Jan’s diligence. I am so glad she is on my side!read more
Krystal H.
Ms. Boback is an excellent legal resource. She collaborated with me on possible solutions for a mutual client concerning a complicated matter that implicated the laws of multiple states. She was knowledgeable, helpful, and practical. She certainly earned my highest... endorsement.read more
James L.
While looking to switch to a female attorney for a very contentious separation involving a child with an exe, I came across the law firm of Anderson & Boback. They were very prompt with the call-back response to my inquiry and connected me with Janice right away.... Janice took a substantial amount of time to speak with me, to better understand the complexities in my case, and she offered great insight.I found this firm to very compassionate and understanding in how to navigate the legal system in this matter and also in their understanding of the sort of individual I unfortunately have to deal with and the associated legal games separating parents may face.I would have absolutely sought Anderson & Boback’s council but there was a conflict and with my case already advanced, I chose another female attorney. Based on my initial experience, I would definitely recommend this firm!read more
Lucy M.
You get what you pay for... !After firing our first attorney because quite frankly he was in over his head with our case we hired Jessica Marshall from Anderson and Boback.Jessica was responsive, attentive, has a hyper attention to detail and of course, knows the... laws relating to the litigation of custody, child support, and parenting time inside and out. At no point did we feel Jessica was not ontop of our case and ready to see our case all the way through to a trial. She managed expectations. Under promised, over delivered!No trail, an agreement in place with the parenting time we wanted and a manageable child support order was the end result of a bitter child support and parenting time case.Hopefully we will not have to utilize Jessica’s services again but in the event that we need to, we have full confidence in her abilities. She did an outstanding job for us. Cannot say enough about how pleased we are as a result of Jessica’s services. Highly recommend!read more
Devere J.
I could not be more impressed or appreciative for this firm's work. Kimberly Anderson is professional, benefits from an exceptional reputation in the legal community, and understands how to make a difficult process easier. Her availability to answer questions and... strategize goes far beyond what I've experienced with other lawyers. I highly recommend her firm.read more
John D.
Kim Anderson is a fantastic attorney. I was very stressed and scared over possible outcome of my case. Kim successfully defended me and helped me move forward with my life. I can't honestly thank her enough.
Jason G.
I was in an existing parentage case that had been drawn out for about a year and a half with little being done, before I decided to switch firms to Anderson & Boback. Kim Anderson reached out to me immediately upon my inquiry and it was very clear to me that she was... interested in what I had to say, and genuine in her responses to my questions. In taking on my case, she showed strong support for the outcome I wanted, gave very reasonable advice to help me get there, and brought experience to the table to guide me in my own decision making. She kept things moving, and so within only a few months of bringing her on, we were able to wrap up the case with a great outcome. Couldn't be more pleased. Thank you so much Kim!read more
Suzanne R.
Absolutely wonderful, are just some of the adjectives I can use to describe the wonderful women at Anderson and Boback. Kimberly Anderson is a tough hard-nosed lawyer who knows what she's doing and the direction she wants to go when it comes to fighting for her client.... Since the day I contacted this firm because of the deteriorating circumstances involving my ex-wife, she listened to me and gave sound advice. When it came time to fight in the courtroom, she was more than ready and communicative throughout the entire process with the first emergency order, which we won. This happened on two more occasions before our day in court and she still fought hard winning each time. The communication was excellent as she explained the possible outcomes and worst case scenarios before each case. I couldn't have come into contact with a better lawyer. Kim is outstanding and she stays abreast of current changes occurring within our legal system. In instances when Kim personally couldn't be there, Jessica Marshall stepped in her place and did a wonderful job. Our last victory was culminated with Kim still giving her all to fight for me, when she was dealing with her own health issue; that honestly meant a lot to me because she was not only displaying her passion to fight for her client but her dedication to obtaining best possible solution for a father who was being denied his parental rights. All I can say is, if you're contemplating on hiring these wonderful women at Anderson and Boback, DO IT! You will not regret your decision because they will fight for you and they are just wonderful from the paralegals, to the lawyers, and partners they're TOP NOTCH! Not only in the state of Illinois but I'd put them against any lawyer nationally.read more
Bruce J.
I just want to say that Kimberly Anderson is an amazing lawyer!! She is smart and easy to talk too. She is willing to listen to you and what you want. She helped me in more ways than she knows. She always answers your calls or emails and if you don’t understand... something she is more than willing to explain it . She also won’t sugar coat things and has your best interest in mind. I will recommend her to anyone that needs a divorce lawyer. Also the people who work with her are friendly and always willing to help in any way they can.read more
Kate G.
My sister had used thier services and I can actually say THEY ARE F***KING GOOD .. I seen them in action they WON. I can actually say I want them on my side..
Maria H.
Jan Boback represented me in a domestic order of protection case. Her expertise and performance in court was nothing but stellar! She knew every aspect of the law related to this issue and very clearly communicated the conforming facts of the case to the judge. The... judge, even though they have full discretion, could not argue with Jan's facts, how they conformed and her very calm presentation. She read the judge's body language which has a big factor in court when you are dealing with a judge you've never been before in the past.Jan is nothing but outstanding at her job.I've referred her to others and will continue to do so.Deanread more
Dean K.
I have worked in law enforcement for over 30 years of service in Illinois as a Chief of Police and now serving as a chief in another police department. I have worked within the legal system at the Federal, State, and County levels. Nobody ever goes into a marriage... wanting it to fail, but sometimes things happen that are beyond our control and we are left with no other choices. I hired Attorney Kim Anderson from the Law Firm of Anderson & Boback as my divorce attorney to handle my case because I was advised by other top lawyers that I knew she was a honest hardworking fighting attorney in her field, who truly cares about you as an individual, a client, and the overall final outcome of your case. Well, I am honored to say that Ms. Anderson truly lived up to her reputation with her true professionalism, a genuine caring of you as a person going through a rough time and a personality that shows nothing but compassion. Ms. Anderson takes the time to explain the legal system step by step as she prepares your case for pretrial and always responds to your phone calls, or emails within minutes. I may not always agree with the divorce laws in Illinois but Ms. Anderson is not afraid to fight when needed and always keeps focus on the main objectives which is your best interest long after the case is resolved and signed off by the judge. I would highly recommend Ms. Anderson and her firm to represent you so that you have peace of mind throughout the entire process. A divorce is the worst thing any person could experience besides a death. When going through this you need the best to protect you and all your assets.The ChiefDaniel Babichread more
Daniel B.
I was very grateful to do business with Janice Boback.I am a strong believer in God, Justice, and “Janice”.She expressed extreme knowledge in the law pertaining to my case. Her winner attitude and great communication skills always kept my mind at peace.The trust... connection and bond between Janice and I was priceless.I always felt protected under her guidance with complete awareness of the status and all possible outcomes to my case.She was always available to answer or explain any questions or concerns I had.She is truly the attorney to have if the situation arises.read more
Larisa H.
Kim Anderson has a knack for staying 1-step ahead of me and my thought process. This is extremely helpful in those moments when I am stressed on legalities and not quite thinking straight. Kim also capably breaks the legal speak into everyday terms that I can... understand. Kim is an excellent attorney who is prompt, diligent and professional. The team at Anderson & Boback was invaluable in guiding me through my divorce as well as resettlement issues that I initiated after the divorce. Thanks for all your help Kim!read more
Michael C.
Jessica Marshall was amazing! My divorce should have been an easy process, since we didn't have any children or assets; however the opposing party was adamant on making it complicated. Jessica not only kept me informed of everything that was happening but advised me on... the best course of action to get divorced within a reasonable time-frame and without it costing me everything I owned. I couldn't thank her enough once it was all over. I can now move on with my life and it's because of her.read more
Jenny R.
Jessica is Amazing! She is kind, thoughtful, detailed oriented. She is quick in responding. She is knowledgeable. She fought for me in court and not afraid to speak up for her client. She has this confidence in return I feel confidence. She gives me good advices and... helping me to make right decisions. I am so very grateful she is my attorney.read more
Daranee A.
Jessica Marshall sat with me and supported me from the moment of our first consult to the final court appearance. No question went unanswered, no call/email left unreturned, and no doubt that she was on my side and ready to work. Jessica handled my case with confidence... and empathy, which I greatly appreciate given court can, often times, feel overwhelming. Cost was worth every penny and I know that every dollar was earned. I am grateful that the outcome was in my daughter’s favor and that she is now safe. My daughter will be forever thankful for finally having her voice heard in court, as Jessica suggested, through a child rep. I also want to acknowledge Gianna Carabez, Jessica’s paralegal, for always being kind and available to take my calls.read more
Sara G.
I have worked with lawyers in the past, Jan I feel really took care of me! She always had time for me, was very good at getting back to me when she was busy. In court I could see she handled her self confidently and was respected by other lawyers and also the judge. I... have recommended her to friends and family and will continue to do so!read more
Jim B.
This practice will go above and beyond! During a difficult time they were understanding and helpful.Very responsive! I received a fair and favorable outcome. I recommend contacting them immediately to get the ball rolling.
Antiwon S.
After visiting with two other law firms, I selected Anderson & Boback. They are professional! The former office was bright and pleasant. The receptionists are professional. The attorney I was assigned listened to my story and then prepared a course of action. I am... glad I chose Anderson & Boback to handle my divorce case. I highly recommend them!read more
Richard P.
Kim came as a referral from a great friend of mine. This wasn't an easy process to go through, but Kim gave me great guidance and help along the way. Wouldn't have gotten the outcome I wanted without her and her team.
Meghan M.
In April of 2016, I had an urgent need for a family attorney to help me litigate some critical issues unresolved from my divorce decree ordered by the cook county family court in 2011. I interviewed 3 attorneys and ended up picking the last one I felt was the best out... of the three. What a mistake I made after two months of litigation and more than $10,000 legal fees. In July, I interviewed two more attorneys and I selected attorney Anderson to replace the previous attorney. What a switch I made! All the critical issues were litigated and resolved to my complete satisfaction. Attorney Andersen has a very simple way of serving her client: she will listen to my story and ask what legal outcome I am expecting to get, and she will recommend a course of action and get me the result in the most cost effective manner. In short, when you give your problems to attorney Anderson for solutions, you can go home and sleep well.read more
Dean C
Kim handled both of our adoptions for us and made the process so easy. When you’re overwhelmed with all of the legal details it’s so nice knowing you’ve got someone who will attend to them so you can focus on other things. Very professional and highly recommended!
Cd J.
In 2015 Ms. Anderson handled my divorce. She was professional and completely transparent with the process and what to expect. I would recommend her to anyone seeking a good family law attorney.
John A.
Kim is very professional and cared about your case. Always there when you need her. Thanks for all your hard work.
Kim S.
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