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Florida’s Proposed Change to Goodwill Could Set a Precedent

The Family Law Section of the Florida Bar is proposing legislation to clarify the value of goodwill in the marital interest of closely held businesses. The authors envision that this proposed legislation could set a precedent for future family law matters throughout the United States.

Asset vs. income approach for valuing goodwill in Tennessee

In Tennessee, personal goodwill is not a marital asset that can be divided between the divorcing parties.

Recap of recent BV cases of note

A number of recent cases have emerged that contain various valuation issues.

Cela v. Cela

The Appellate Court (AC) upheld the trial court’s decision to accept the value under the income approach adjusted for the exclusion of personal goodwill. The expert for the wife (business owner) had used the asset approach reasoning that all goodwill was personal. The trial court and the AC rejected that approach.

Appellate Court Upholds Decision to Use Income Approach and Reduce Personal Goodwill

The Appellate Court (AC) upheld the trial court’s decision to accept the value under the income approach adjusted for the exclusion of personal goodwill. The expert for the wife (business owner) had used the asset approach reasoning that all goodwill was personal. The trial court and the AC rejected that approach.

Kentucky appeals court explains state’s goodwill law

An unpublished opinion from the Kentucky Court of Appeals provides important insight into the court’s thinking as to the goodwill analysis trial courts must perform under the applicable state law when valuing business entities.

Maginnis v. Maginnis

In this unpublished opinion, the Kentucky Appellate Court remanded the decision as to the value of the husband’s business for, among other things, the Family Court’s failure to consider an apportionment of goodwill between enterprise and personal goodwill. It also remanded for a reconsideration of the maintenance award to the wife since that award is based in part on the value of the business and the income of the husband.

Trial Court Fails to Consider Apportionment of Goodwill in a Marital Dissolution Case

In this unpublished opinion, the Kentucky Appellate Court remanded the decision as to the value of the husband’s business for, among other things, the Family Court’s failure to consider an apportionment of goodwill between enterprise and personal goodwill. It also remanded for a reconsideration of the maintenance award to the wife since that award is based in part on the value of the business and the income of the husband.

American Business Appraisers and BVR Annual Key Issues Update

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Family Matters: Standard of Value, DLOM/DLOC Discounts and Drama in BV

A buried body, sex surrogates, and family-owned business create a dramatic background for a recent court case impacting valuation. With complex minority discounts, this case kicks off a compelling discussion of key issues in family law. Experts Stacey Udell, Neil Beaton, and Ron Seigneur tackle these thorny issues with clarity and comedy. Get treated to the tricks and tips you’ll want when your next family-owned business engagement rings your doorbell.

Sultan v. Malik

Appeals court upholds trial court’s valuation of accounting firm based on asset approach where prevailing expert added goodwill value as intangible; court says intrinsic standard of value does not mandate use of income approach for service-based entity.

Court Approves of Adding Goodwill as Intangible in Asset-Based Valuation of Accounting Practice

Appeals court upholds trial court’s valuation of accounting firm based on asset approach where prevailing expert added goodwill value as intangible; court says intrinsic standard of value does not mandate use of income approach for service-based entity.

Washington appeals court issues key ruling on entity goodwill

In a “complicated” (court’s word) dissolution case, the Washington Court of Appeals recently made an important ruling on whether a professional limited liability company (PLLC) can have goodwill separate from the goodwill of the professionals.

McLelland v. Paxton

In dissolution dispute, appeals court affirms trial court’s finding, based on plaintiff expert testimony, that dissolved professional LLC had entity goodwill at trial based, in large part, on ownership of three leases and operation of offices that doctors could use upon termination of partnership.

Washington State Appeals Court Adopts Rule on Entity Goodwill in Professional LLC

In dissolution dispute, appeals court affirms trial court’s finding, based on plaintiff expert testimony, that dissolved professional LLC had entity goodwill at trial based, in large part, on ownership of three leases and operation of offices that doctors could use upon termination of partnership.

Perser v. Perser

Court upholds award to nonowner spouse related to value of husband’s medical practice where husband bought practice prior to marriage and was sole owner; court notes there was goodwill attributable to the business and finds other factors indicate business had assets that were marital property.

Factors Other Than Goodwill Support Award to Nonowner Spouse Related to Owner’s Medical Practice

Court upholds award to nonowner spouse related to value of husband’s medical practice where husband bought practice prior to marriage and was sole owner; court notes there was goodwill attributable to the business and finds other factors indicate business had assets that were marital property.

In Florida divorce, expert’s ‘with-and-without’ valuation withstands appeal

In a nasty Florida divorce case, an appellate court recently upheld the trial court’s valuation findings concerning the husband’s 50% interest in a successful company that operates in the waste disposal industry.

Important Utah goodwill ruling concerning one-person business

The Utah Court of Appeals recently examined the nature of goodwill in a one-person business and, in so doing, expanded on the state’s goodwill jurisprudence.

Marroquin v. Marroquin

Appeals court upholds trial court’s valuation of husband’s vending machine business, finding this one-person operation is akin to sole proprietorship in which any goodwill is attributable to husband’s personal efforts and reputation for competency; court says goodwill is not a marital asset.

No Enterprise Goodwill in One-Person Business, Utah Appeals Court Confirms

Appeals court upholds trial court’s valuation of husband’s vending machine business, finding this one-person operation is akin to sole proprietorship in which any goodwill is attributable to husband’s personal efforts and reputation for competency; court says goodwill is not a marital asset.

Simplified MUM approach weathers attacks in Illinois divorce case

One of the key questions in an Illinois divorce case was how to allocate goodwill between enterprise and personal goodwill.

Stephanos v. Stephanos (In re Marriage of Stephanos)

Trial court adopts goodwill value determination of wife’s expert (residual method) as well as expert’s finding that none of goodwill in family business is personal to owner spouse; business’s success was not dependent on owner’s continued presence or his execution of a noncompete, court says.

Divorce Court Finds No Personal Goodwill Value in Single-Owner Business

Trial court adopts goodwill value determination of wife’s expert (residual method) as well as expert’s finding that none of goodwill in family business is personal to owner spouse; business’s success was not dependent on owner’s continued presence or his execution of a noncompete, court says.

In re Marriage of Preston

In divorce case, appellate court upholds valuation based on opinion of husband’s expert using MUM method to separate total goodwill value into personal and enterprise components; court also upholds use of small marketability discount where owner spouse is the sole owner of the company.

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