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  • Why words matter when making defined value gifts

    November / December 2021
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    Word count: 439

    Abstract: Defined value gifts can be used to minimize gift tax on transfers of difficult-to-value assets, such as interests in a closely held business or family limited partnership. This article summarizes a recent U.S. Tax Court case that demonstrates the importance of using precise wording in transfer documents to protect transfers against unintended adverse tax outcomes. Nelson v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2020-81 (June 10, 2020).

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  • Forensic investigations – The ins and outs of questioned document examinations

    November / December 2021
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    Word count: 519

    Abstract: Forensic investigations almost inevitably require documentary evidence to be examined. Experts often look beyond the content of documents. They also may consider physical and latent evidence — such as handwriting, alterations, and faded or decomposed material. This article describes the objectives of questioned document examinations, the standards that may apply and the technological tools that experts use to analyze documents.

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  • Court rejects “apples-to-oranges” valuation analysis as unreliable

    November / December 2021
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    Word count: 617

    Abstract: The claim that a business valuation expert is making flawed comparisons can be devastating to the expert’s credibility and the client’s case. This article summarizes a recent Delaware Chancery Court decision to reject a damage calculation in its entirety, because the expert made an “apples-to-oranges” comparison. Dieckman v. Regency GP LP, C.A. No. 11130-CB (Del. Ch. 2021).

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  • Timing and financial expertise are critical in divorces today

    November / December 2021
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    Word count: 886

    Abstract: As the strictest measures against the COVID-19 pandemic subside, clients may be eager to cut ties with a spouse — the sooner, the better, especially for more complicated marital estates. This article explains how to expedite discovery and encourage settlement in a divorce. A sidebar highlights a divorce case where an expert’s conclusion that was based on limited information and analysis was rejected on appeal. King v. King, No. 1D19-3280 (Fl. App., March 4, 2021).

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  • Court favors “exceptionally knowledgeable” valuation expert

    September / October 2021
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    Word count: 443

    Abstract: In a recent breach of fiduciary duty case, the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed the plaintiff’s challenges to a stock sale involving her late husband’s business. This article summarizes the case and explains how the use of a qualified, experienced valuation expert led to a “fair” outcome in the eyes of the court. Marion Coster v. UIP Companies, Inc., Steven Schwat, and Schwat Realty LLC, C.A. No. 2018-0440-KSJM Consolidated (Del. Ch., Jan. 28, 2020).

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  • FAQs about fairness opinions

    September / October 2021
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    Word count: 540

    Abstract: Mergers and acquisitions activity surged in the United States in the first half of 2021. A fairness opinion can protect against costly litigation if a deal’s projected results unexpectedly fall short or insolvency becomes likely. This article answers potential questions clients may have about these expert opinions.

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  • Estate planning for business owners – Act soon to take advantage of favorable federal tax rules

    September / October 2021
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    Word count: 884

    Abstract: Year end is always a good time for business owners to reevaluate their estate plans. But the exercise is particularly important this year, because Congress is considering proposals that would make the federal estate and gift tax rules less taxpayer friendly. This article highlights how proposed changes may prompt business owners to revise their current estate plans. A sidebar summarizes the Tax Court’s ruling on the value of Michael Jackson’s estate. Estate of Michael J. Jackson v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2021-48.

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  • How to reevaluate risk in the new normal

    September / October 2021
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    Word count: 621

    Abstract: As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, many business owners and managers are grappling with the prospect of a “new normal.” This article explains how financial experts can help business owners get a better handle on risk factors in the current environment when evaluating operating and capital budgeting decisions.

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  • 3 methods to estimate value for buy-sell purposes

    July / August 2021
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    Word count: 441

    Abstract: Changes in business values during the pandemic may necessitate updates to companies’ buy-sell agreements. This article describes three common valuation methods used for buyout purposes — 1) prescribed formulas, 2) negotiated prices, and 3) independent appraisals — and how valuation experts can help owners implement buy-sell agreements that cover all the value-related bases.

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  • Focus on infringement – Federal court provides guidance on reasonable royalty evidence

    July / August 2021
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    Abstract: In patent infringement cases, plaintiffs are generally entitled to recover damages based on lost profits but never less than “reasonable royalties.” This article summarizes a recent U.S. district court ruling that provides guidance on the standards that damages experts are expected to meet in these cases. Meridian Manufacturing, Inc. v. C&B Manufacturing, Inc., No. C15-4238-LTS (N.D. Iowa, October 5, 2018). Georgia-Pacific Corp. vs. U.S. Plywood Corp., 318 F. Supp. (S.D.N.Y. 1970).

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  • White v. White – Is appreciation separate or marital property?

    July / August 2021
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    Word count: 563

    Abstract: When dividing property in a divorce case, courts in most states distinguish between separate and marital property. Generally, separate property isn’t subject to division, while marital property is. However, a recent Nebraska Supreme Court case highlights how an increase in the value of separate property may sometimes be classified as marital property and, therefore, be subject to division. White v. White, 937 N.W.2d 838 (Neb. 2020).

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  • The virtual reality of today’s legal meetings

    July / August 2021
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    Word count: 892

    Abstract: During the pandemic, virtual meetings have been used widely for various legal purposes, including court hearings, depositions, settlement talks and M&A negotiations. This article identifies potential pitfalls and ways to avoid them when conducting virtual meetings or testifying remotely. A sidebar highlights another lesson learned during the pandemic: Recycling valuation reports can be perilous, except in rare situations.

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  • Lucero v. United States – Court rules “severely distressed” company was overvalued

    May / June 2021
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    Word count: 443

    Abstract: A federal district court recently held that a married couple was entitled to a tax refund for a 2014 court settlement that included stock in a private business. This article summarizes the case and explains how the detailed analysis provided by an experienced business valuation professional helped persuade the court to uphold the taxpayers’ amended return. Lucero v. United States, Civ. No. 17-1065 JCH/JFR (D.N.M. Oct. 27, 2020).

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  • Eye on earnouts

    May / June 2021
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    Word count: 566

    Abstract: M&A activity has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic. That trend is expected to continue in anticipation of higher capital gains tax rates under the Biden administration. Earnouts have become particularly common for deals that happen during these uncertain times. This article covers some earnout options to consider.

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  • Bankruptcy court addresses effects of COVID-19 on value

    May / June 2021
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    Word count: 623

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many businesses to struggle financially, forcing some to even file for bankruptcy. A critical factor when valuing a debtor in bankruptcy is current economic conditions. This article summarizes a recent bankruptcy court case that demonstrates the importance of using credentialed experts who fully consider the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on value today. In re Body Transit, Inc. 619 B.R. 816 (Bankr. E.D. Pa. 2020).

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  • Measuring commercial damages

    May / June 2021
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    Word count: 863

    Abstract: When estimating damages in commercial litigation, experts must decide whether to compute lost profits, diminished business value — or both. This article compares the two metrics and explains how to avoid double dipping.

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