Estimating future earnings of a child or minor

One of the biggest challenges facing an expert when assessing damages in matters involving children is the future lost wages portion of a calculation. Estimating future earnings, probable educational attainment, and evaluating worklife expectancy are only some of the considerations that make these cases difficult and when the incident happens at such a young age, …

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Sell-side due diligence: Cheerleader or value service?

Should a sell side due diligence be an exercise where the consultant provides a financial due diligence report that presents the sellers business in its best light at the expense of overlooked problem areas, or should the consultant perform rigorous procedures to uncover potentially problematic issues that could disrupt the sales process if the buyer …

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Discount for lack of control and majority interests

Can you, and should you, apply a discount for lack of control when valuing a majority interest? Well, with almost everything valuation related, it depends. A recent tax court case (Estate of Warne v. Commissioner) allowed a small discount for lack of control discount for majority interests in several Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). Don’t miss: …

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What is the Name of a Company Worth?

Let’s assume there is a real estate brokerage firm located in the Phoenix metropolitan area that has been in business for the last 30 years and is organized as a regular corporation. The owner wishes to transfer the trade name from the corporation to his LLC and requests the assistance of a valuation firm. How …

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What is an ESOP?

I started a new job as an accounting manager and my employer notified me that I will be eligible to participate in their Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”) after one year of service. They also said the ESOP was leveraged. In addition to being eligible to participate in the ESOP, I was given the task …

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