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Sink or Swim: The New World of Virtual Testimony

Most people do not realize how different it is appearing in court through virtual technology compared to being there in person. Valuation experts who have not yet had the “pleasure” of attending virtual hearings may be concerned about it—and rightly so. In person, you are in control of how you look and sound, but, when you are online, you are at the mercy of technology, which can make you look good—or very bad. Fortunately, at the recent AAML/BVR Virtual Divorce Conference, valuation experts and attorneys shared their experiences and tips for testifying in a virtual world.

Delaware court weighs in on goodwill in sole proprietorships

A recent divorce case out of Delaware is significant for addressing the treatment of goodwill where the business is a sole proprietorship.

Business Valuation Update Yearbook, 2021 Edition

January 2021 Hardcover, PDF

BVR (editor)

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

Always a highly-anticipated annual publication, the Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2021 covers the year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements on valuation methodologies in the face of a global pandemic.  It also captures, changes in regulations and professional standards, key takeaways from the best virtual conferences, and tactical practice-building ideas. This critical desktop reference puts you ahead of the competition with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders, and BVR’s expert editorial and legal teams. Learn more >>

Top 10 Tips From the 2020 AAML/BV Virtual Divorce Conference

Family law attorneys, valuation professionals, and industry experts connected virtually this fall to share advice during the Virtual Divorce Conference brought to you by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Business Valuation Resources (BVR). Here are the top 10 key takeaways from the many great sessions with top thought leaders in the profession.

BVR featured in ABA podcast on divorce valuations

BVWire editors Sylvia Golden and Andy Dzamba joined moderator Tom Urquhart at the American Bar Association on a podcast to discuss Business Valuation in Divorce: A Case Compendium, a book co-published by BVR and the ABA.

Parties’ agreement complicates spousal support calculation in S corp context

Instead of facilitating a resolution, a separation agreement between the divorcing spouses led to a protracted lawsuit.

Attorneys and Valuers Link Up at AAML/BVR Virtual Divorce Conference

Coverage of several sessions that include tips on managing client expectations in uncertain times and the new “abnormal” with respect to executive compensation.

New book on Colorado valuations for family lawyers and judges

The Financial Expert Guide for Family Law Judges and Attorneys, Colorado edition, goes a long way toward educating triers of fact, attorneys, and experts on the key valuation cases and legal principles in Colorado.

How to value a business and settle a divorce during COVID-19; divorce professionals share tips

How do you resolve a divorce case during COVID-19, when many businesses in all kinds of industries are coping with significant losses and continuing uncertainty over future performance? This was the topic of an excellent panel discussion that was part of the recent virtual AAML/BVR divorce conference.

A.A. v. B.A.

In valuing owner’s financial advisory business organized as sole proprietorship, court rejects idea that prior case law on goodwill in solely owned business precludes assigning goodwill to business; court says commissions earned during marriage but received post-separation or post-divorce are marital.

Delaware Court Revisits Issue of Goodwill in Sole Proprietorship

In valuing owner’s financial advisory business organized as sole proprietorship, court rejects idea that prior case law on goodwill in solely owned business precludes assigning goodwill to business; court says commissions earned during marriage but received post-separation or post-divorce are marital.

Marshall v. Marshall

On second review, appeals court says trial court satisfied task on remand; latter’s use of reasonable compensation calculation to establish income for alimony and child support purposes was in the spirit of parties’ agreement and was based on “entirely credible” testimony by husband’s BV expert.

Courts Agree Reasonable Compensation Is Sound Method for Calculating Spousal Support in S Corp Context

Appeals court says parties’ agreement is ambiguous as to whether distributions related to husband’s ownership in S corp. are includable in alimony and child support calculation; on remand, trial court must determine what income parties meant when specifying use of pretax income from employment.

New edition released of the BV in Divorce Compendium

The most current summary and analysis of U.S. legal decisions involving business valuation and divorce is in the just-released fifth edition of BVR’s Business Valuation in Divorce Case Law Compendium.

Tips on how to help settle a divorce during COVID-19

How do you resolve a divorce case during COVID-19, when many businesses in all kinds of industries are coping with significant losses and continuing uncertainty over future performance?

10 Takeaways From the AAML/BVR Virtual Divorce Conference

Family law attorneys, valuation professionals, and industry experts shared advice during the AAML/BVR Virtual Divorce Conference, which is ongoing and will continue tomorrow, September 24.

Business Valuation in Divorce Case Law Compendium, Fifth Edition

September 2020 Hardcover, PDF

BVR (editor)

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

Since divorce statutes and law are state-specific, it is a time-consuming challenge for attorneys and financial experts alike to keep up with key valuation decisions and developments. The 5th edition of BVR’s Business Valuation in Divorce Case Law Compendium is the one reference that puts key insights and case law summaries in one place. Every divorce professional can stay ahead of the game with this indispensable resource.

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Beware of this loaded question about projections amid COVID-19

Projections have always attracted scrutiny, but the pandemic has intensified this attention.

AAML/BVR Virtual Divorce Conference starts September 9

It’s a whole new world for valuations in the context of marital dissolution, so don’t miss the Virtual Divorce Conference, presented by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Business Valuation Resources (BVR).

Mission Critical in Divorce: 10 Key Insights in 50 Minutes-a Free AAML/BVR Virtual Divorce Conference Preview

Brought to you by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Business Valuation Resources (BVR), this free preview for the Virtual Divorce Conference brings together attorneys, valuation professionals, and industry experts in a one action-packed, 60-minute session. Get short compelling lessons that you need to know now. This year’s conference focuses on the topics most impacted by divorce, and anyone serving business owners involved in matrimonial dissolution can get access to this premium preview ...

10 Time-Tested Ways to Build a Defensible Divorce Valuation

Business valuations prepared for divorce purposes can be much more challenging than valuations can be for other purposes because the rules differ among jurisdictions. There are no clear valuation guidelines for divorce in most states. For example, there’s no specific definition of value in state statutes governing divorce. Also, divorce courts exercise a great deal of discretion—even if there is an abundance of judicial precedent (which can be confusing and contradictory).

Free webinar tomorrow on valuations for marital dissolutions

Join us for a free, action-packed, 60-minute webinar of short compelling insights into business valuations in a divorce context from leading experts.

Virtual Divorce Conference offers 1:1 video networking

Want to connect one-on-one with a valuation expert or attorney specializing in divorce matters?

Free webinar reveals divorce valuation insights

Mark your calendar for an August 27 free webinar designed as a lightning round of observations and advice about divorce valuations in today’s challenging environment.

Valuations for divorce: That was then, this is now (Part 2)

It’s a whole new ballgame for valuations in the context of marital dissolution, which is why the AAML/BVR Virtual Divorce Conference will focus on the most important issues impacted by all of the recent changes.

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