While former President Donald Trump continues to prepare to battle nearly 100 charges in various courts of law, his civil trial in New York could be the one that results in the most disaster on a personal and business level.
That's because prosecutors are pushing to wipe Trump and the Trump Organization out of New York City, along with taking his two eldest sons out of the running to maintain the business empire.
However, Trump has several other options in the family, including his wife Melania Trump and their son, Barron Trump, who will turn 18 in a matter of months.
A recent Newsweek piece pointed out the possibility of the youngest Trump child taking over the family business, though it was also noted that the judge in the case has ensured that the former president cannot transfer assets or make drastic business moves while the trial is active.
Former federal prosecutor Michael McAuliffe explained why he believes that's an unlikely scenario, noting that Donald Trump would not be able to legally transfer anything at this point anyway.
"While the Trump family members and their businesses are at great risk, the chance of immediate or short-term closure and sale is very low," he said.
"As for the Trump businesses, an 18-year-old isn't a realistic candidate to take on true executive duties," McAuliffe added.
Melania Trump had also been floated as a solution to her husband's predicament, but the first lady's former chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, previously told Newsweek that agreement would come with its own demands since Melania wouldn't be interested in helping Donald without guarantees of "some major control or power."
If it came down to a verdict that would essentially oust Trump from conducting business in New York City, McAuliffe said the former president is more likely to use the appeals court process to block such an outcome, or reverse it.
"Trump will seek a stay of any and all the remedies imposed by the trial court during those appeals—which could last years," the former federal prosecutor said.
He added, "The appellate court already stayed a portion of the New York trial judge's partial summary judgment order, the part addressing the breakup of the companies and sale of assets."
Trump's legal defense team has worked overtime to free him from as many legal snags as possible, including a recent motion to have the New York civil trial thrown out completely.
They argued that the judge in the case is far too biased, which they claim has tainted the trial.
"In this case the evidence of apparent and actual bias is tangible and overwhelming," Trump's lawyers wrote. "Such evidence, coupled with an unprecedented departure from standard judicial procedure, has tainted these proceedings and a mistrial is warranted."