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Business Valuation  |  Forensics & Litigation Support

How to Spot a Rigged Business Valuation

There are many instances when a business valuation report is needed in litigation. During a divorce, if one or both spouses own a business, it may be necessary for the business to be valued for asset distribution purposes. Each party may hire their own business valuation analyst to value the business, and each analyst may come back with very different conclusions as to the value of the business. While differences in value can often be the result of two analysts having justifiable differences of opinion, there sometimes can be something else going on. While most credentialed valuation analysts have high ethical standards, there are some unscrupulous “experts” who will purposefully “rig” their valuation report in order to achieve a desired result in favor of their client. So, how can you spot one of these “rigged” valuation reports?

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Business Valuation  |  High Net Worth Families

Estate Planning Lessons from a Rock Star

When rock star Prince died on April 21, 2016, he didn’t have a will in place. This rather shocking scenario resulted in one of the most complicated probate hearings ever seen in Minnesota, Prince’s home state. Business owners and high net worth families alike can learn from Prince’s mistake by having a proper estate plan in place to minimize tax liability.

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Treatment of Non-Operating Assets and Liabilities In Business Valuation: Quick Guide for Attorneys

A reliable valuation is critical in many different contexts, including private sales, divorce, litigation and estate planning — just to name a few. A frequent challenge in valuing privately-owned businesses involves the treatment of non-operating assets and non-operating liabilities. Attorneys will benefit from having a basic understanding of these nuances of valuation, as they can have a significant impact on the conclusion of value. Let’s look at how the treatment of non-operating assets and non-operating liabilities can impact the value of a company.

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Business Valuation

Major Changes to Valuation Discounts on the Horizon

The Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) was introduced in the House of Representatives on September 27, 2021. If this bill is signed into law, it will have broad implications on estate planning, including changes to the unified credit, treatment of grantor trusts for tax purposes, and surcharges for high income estates and trusts. Let’s take a close look at those major changes.

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Business Valuation  |  Construction & Real Estate  |  Government Contractors  |  Healthcare  |  Manufacturing & Distribution  |  Service Businesses

When Do You Need a Business Valuation?

A business valuation is often required to accomplish various personal, estate or business goals. There are certain life events that require business owners to get a business valuation.

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Business Valuation  |  Construction & Real Estate  |  Government Contractors  |  Healthcare  |  Manufacturing & Distribution  |  Service Businesses

Quick Guide: Exit Planning for Family-Owned Businesses

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we don’t know what’s coming around the corner. And like the pandemic, the next thing that comes around the corner will likely be out of your control. But there is something you can control with some careful planning: the transfer of your family-owned business. Let’s talk about business exit plans.

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