What Is the Difference in All the Various Valuator Credentials?

Okay, you’ve seen the professional designations such as CPA, CVA, AVA, ABV, ASA, CBA, CFFA and so on. But WHAT ARE ALL OF THESE DESIGNATIONS? Isn’t just a regular CPA all one needs in a matter of valuation or forensic accounting? [Read more…]

Should Certified Valuation Analysts Be Engaged Only for Valuations?

Certified Valuation Analysts (CVAs) are Certified Public Accountants who have obtained special training in financial analysis as well as business valuation theory, practice and reporting. [Read more…]

How and Why to Get a Regular Business Valuation

Making it a point to get a regular, objective, and comprehensive valuation for your business is one of the most overlooked tasks of owning a business. Many business owners assume that they only need a valuation if they are planning on selling or retiring in the near future. But the reality is that the time for a business valuation is long before you actually need it, and knowing exactly what your business and assets are worth on a regular basis is one of the most helpful and important things you can do for your financial future. [Read more…]

What’s the Difference Between an Expert Consultant and Expert Witness?

As an expert consultant, the CPA/CVA/CFE is engaged to develop information that will be used by the attorney in a variety of ways, including settlement negotiations with the opposing side. In these instances, the¬†CPA/CVA/CFE is usually not expected to testify or to develop an opinion that will be entered in to the court records. [Read more…]

Forensic Considerations In Divorce

When representations made by an opposing spouse appear questionable, a CPA/CVA/CFE may be engaged to test the financial representations by performing forensic procedures. For example, a family incurs annual living expenses of $90,000 and the earner spouse claims to make only $40,000 per year. [Read more…]

Improving Financial Discovery Can Lead To Improved Financial Outcomes

Complete financial information provided to a financial expert can lead to more credible work product produced by the expert. Unfortunately, many attorneys bring the CPA/CVA into the picture too late in the case! [Read more…]

The Attorney/Valuator Partnership in Divorce Cases

Equitable distribution in divorce causes the need for emphasis to be placed upon the economic aspects of marriage. This includes the valuation and division of marital property, as well as any resulting tax consequences. This economic emphasis in divorce proceedings [Read more…]

What Is a Certified Valuation Analyst?

A Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who has completed specialized advanced training in business valuations, and who has also completed
a comprehensive examination, case study, and submitted a complete written valuation report to examiners. CVAs are CPAs who [Read more…]