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Divorce Highlight: Forging the attorney-expert relationship

“One of the things I suggest to younger family lawyers is to make relationships with experts,” says Jay Fishman (Financial Research Associates) in a recent interview with Family Lawyer Magazine.

Divorce Highlight: Something for everyone at the AAML/BVR Divorce Conference

The breadth of topics run from basic to complex at the 2022 AAML/BVR National Conference, which will be held on September 18-20 in Las Vegas.

Divorce spotlight: valuing a family business with complex ownership

When a family business caught up in divorce is not a simple 100% ownership, things can get complicated—from both a valuation and legal perspective.

New Toolkit for Passive Appreciation Takes Shape

BVR and Dr. Ashok Abbott (West Virginia University) are developing an automated tool and supporting documentation that embodies his peer-reviewed methodology for separating active from passive appreciation of business assets in a divorce context.

The Tennessee Appeals Court Affirms the Trial Court’s Decision to Exclude From the Marital Estate Financial Advisor the Husband’s ‘Book of Business’

One of the main issues in this appeal was how to classify the husband’s “book of business,” i.e., his client relationships, assets under management, and related income. The husband was a financial advisor for UBS. The wife contended the book of business had value that constituted a marital asset. The husband pointed out that UBS now took the position that a financial advisor who left the company cannot take any information with him or her. The court also noted that “deferred cash agreements” were actually bonuses that were marital assets. The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s decision to exclude the book of business from marital assets. The court also affirmed the trial court decision on payment of alimony to the wife “in futuro.”

Hollis v. Hollis

One of the main issues in this appeal was how to classify the husband’s “book of business,” i.e., his client relationships, assets under management, and related income. The husband was a financial advisor for UBS. The wife contended the book of business had value that constituted a marital asset. The husband pointed out that UBS now took the position that a financial advisor who left the company cannot take any information with him or her. The court also noted that “deferred cash agreements” were actually bonuses that were marital assets. The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s decision to exclude the book of business from marital assets. The court also affirmed the trial court decision on payment of alimony to the wife “in futuro.”

BV News and Trends May 2022

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

BV News and Trends April 2022

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

Nothing personal about goodwill in dental practice

In a South Carolina divorce case, the appellate court reversed the family court on the issue of personal versus enterprise goodwill.

Full agenda for the AAML/BVR divorce conference

The full agenda has been posted for the National Divorce Conference, sponsored by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and BVR.

No proof of personal goodwill in Utah divorce case

In some states, personal goodwill in a business is not part of the marital estate—but you have to have evidence that it exists.

How to find hidden assets in divorce

Parties to a divorce may not be totally forthcoming with assets they own, so the valuation expert often has to help ferret them out.

Bostick v Bostick

The South Carolina Court of Appeals, in this divorce case, reversed the family court and included all goodwill of a dentistry practice as enterprise goodwill includable in the marital estate. The family court had included all of the goodwill as personal goodwill not part of the marital estate. The Court of Appeals also reduced the temporary monthly alimony.

Appellate Court Reversed Decision and Treated All Goodwill as Enterprise Goodwill Includable in the Marital Estate

The South Carolina Court of Appeals, in this divorce case, reversed the family court and included all goodwill of a dentistry practice as enterprise goodwill includable in the marital estate. The family court had included all of the goodwill as personal goodwill not part of the marital estate. The Court of Appeals also reduced the temporary monthly alimony.

Erickson v. Erickson

The Court of Appeals of Utah in this divorce case affirmed the trial court’s decisions regarding the value of the wife’s business and the exclusion of the wife’s rebuttal witness. The primary issue on appeal was whether the business value included personal goodwill and whether personal goodwill was an appropriate issue in Utah for this business, veterinary pharmaceuticals. The court also affirmed the trial court’s exclusion of the wife’s rebuttal expert.

Appellate Court of Utah Affirms Judgment of Business Value Despite Assertions the Value Included Personal Goodwill

The Court of Appeals of Utah in this divorce case affirmed the trial court’s decisions regarding the value of the wife’s business and the exclusion of the wife’s rebuttal witness. The primary issue on appeal was whether the business value included personal goodwill and whether personal goodwill was an appropriate issue in Utah for this business, veterinary pharmaceuticals. The court also affirmed the trial court’s exclusion of the wife’s rebuttal expert.

Preliminary agenda out for 2022 AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference

Want to learn how to value and divide intellectual property caught up in divorce?

BV News and Trends February 2022

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

Sponsorships available for the AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference

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Adewopo v. Jaja

In this divorce matter, the Indiana appellate court included enterprise goodwill of the wife’s business in the marital estate. The court-appointed, at the husband’s request, expert testified as to his conclusion of value using an income approach and calculating the amount of enterprise goodwill while excluding personal goodwill. The wife objected to the expert’s value but provided no evidence of her own determination of value.

Indiana Appellate Court Includes Enterprise Goodwill of Wife’s Businesses in Marital Estate

In this divorce matter, the Indiana appellate court included enterprise goodwill of the wife’s business in the marital estate. The court-appointed, at the husband’s request, expert testified as to his conclusion of value using an income approach and calculating the amount of enterprise goodwill while excluding personal goodwill. The wife objected to the expert’s value but provided no evidence of her own determination of value.

Dates set for AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference

If you do any valuation work for divorce, you do not want to miss the National Divorce Conference, brought to you by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Business Valuation Resources (BVR).

Asare v. Asare

In this marital dissolution appellate case, the appellate court must resolve a number of issues related to the equitable distribution of the marital estate. On most issues, the appellate court affirmed the trial court. However, the appellate court reversed the trial court on the issue of how much passive appreciation related to an investment account was includable in the marital estate.

North Carolina Appellate Court Reverses Trial Court on Amount of Passive Appreciation in an Investment Account

In this marital dissolution appellate case, the appellate court must resolve a number of issues related to the equitable distribution of the marital estate. On most issues, the appellate court affirmed the trial court. However, the appellate court reversed the trial court on the issue of how much passive appreciation related to an investment account was includable in the marital estate.

New toolkit in development for active/passive appreciation

During a BVR webinar, Ashok Abbott (West Virginia University) discussed his recent peer-reviewed paper that explains his methodology for separating active from passive appreciation of business assets in a divorce context.

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