Demystifying Valuation, Economic Damages + Forensic Accounting

Hypothetical buyers and imaginary scenarios

Giustina (*) case dealt with the value of an approximate 41% limited partnership interest in a partnership that held timberland. Giustina Land & Timber Co. Limited Partnership (GLTC) owned more than 47,000 acres of timberland at the time of death of Natale Giustina. GLTC had operated continuously since its formation in 1990. Profits were generated …

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Student Debt Impedes Ability to Buy a Home

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently polled student debt holders who had not defaulted on their loans. The majority of them graduated from a four-year public or private college. Below is a summary of some of the more interesting findings of the study. 43% of those polled had between $10,000 and $40,000 in student …

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Fraud: 2016 Report to the Nations

Every two years the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners issues its bi-annual study known as the Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse. The study looks into the costs, schemes, perpetrators and victims of occupational fraud. According to the study, occupational fraud is “the use of one’s occupation for personal enrichment through the …

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Valuation Issues in Divorce

Divorce can be a very emotional event, which is further complicated by the effort to equitably divide the marital assets. The parties often disagree about the value of specific assets; which assets are sole and separate property; and on occasion, may accuse one another of fraud. One particular item that is often in dispute is …

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A Contract to “86” Wife Isn’t Part of the Divorce Settlement

Over the years I have been asked to be an expert regarding many marital dissolution cases. Most of my cases deal with valuing business interests held by the divorcing parties and income determination in connection with spousal maintenance and child support issues. Many of my cases have gone amicably between the divorcing parties. Some were …

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Proposed Regulations Could Eliminate Valuation Discounts

On August 2 Mark Mazur, the U.S. Treasury’s assistant secretary, announced that the IRS will implement new regulations that will effectively eliminate valuation discounts. Background In an effort to diminish perceived abuses related to valuation discounts associated with transfers of interests in family entities, the IRS enacted Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (the …

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Brexit and Bankruptcy

How can a macro-economic event, such as when the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union, impact everyday people and corporations and help them emerge from bankruptcy protection in the United States? When the UK voted to exit the EU, this caused a significant panic in the investment community, particularly investments in foreign stocks. …

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Five Easy Changes to Create Value in Your Small Business

A handful of questions to begin – Are you thinking of selling your small and medium-sized entity (“SME”)? Is your largest asset in your estate your business? Are you the CEO, CFO, general manager and sales force of your SME? Do you fear going on a two week vacation because of the number of phone …

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How Do You Not Notice $17 Million Missing?

$16,764,128.95 – let’s think about that for a minute. Almost $17 million gone over a 9 year period – a mere $1.86 million per year. Would you notice? That’s how much the former controller for the Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas embezzled from the business. He used his ill-gotten gains to finance a lavish …

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