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Appreciation analysis reveals owner’s substantial contribution to company’s success

Appreciation of separate property is a knotty issue whose analysis can be challenging for attorneys and valuators, but a recent Tennessee appeals court decision helps practitioners understand the framework a court may use to decide whether the nonowner spouse has a claim to the increase in value.

Webcast this week of the National Divorce Conference

Couldn’t make it to Vegas for this week’s AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference May 8-10?

Beware of attack on your transactions method

An article in the Spring 2019 issue of Family Lawyer magazine shows how a lawyer can attack a valuation expert’s use of the guideline company transactions method for a small- to medium-size firm.

Conference season! BVWire hits the road

What blooms in spring? BV conferences, of course!

Updated goodwill chart and map for divorce cases posted

BVR recently updated its complimentary download “Charting Goodwill Jurisprudence” to give you an at-a-glance look at a state’s basic position toward enterprise and professional goodwill.

How to cultivate the biggest source of referrals

Attorneys account for the largest share of business for BV experts and valuation analysts.

Equal split of attorneys and financial experts at divorce confab May 8-10

So far, an almost equal split of attorneys and valuation/accounting experts will be attending the National Divorce Conference in Las Vegas May 8-10, presented by BVR and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

Valuing luck in a business caught up in divorce

In most states, the active appreciation of a premarital asset is includible in the marital estate while passive appreciation is not.

For a divorce, how many components are there in goodwill?

In divorce cases, it may be necessary to carve up goodwill because, in many jurisdictions, enterprise goodwill is marital property, but personal goodwill is not.

How to support subjective areas of valuation

Gone are the days when you could support your opinion by simply saying, “It is based on my professional judgment.”

Tricks of the trade in detecting rigged valuations

Did you ever read a business valuation report where you knew the valuation was rigged to obtain a higher or lower value?

A Dozen ‘Don’ts’ to Help Survive a Divorce Engagement

The nuances of divorce valuations and testifying in court create difficulties that make divorce engagements especially challenging.

BVU News and Trends March 2019

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

‘Essentials’ track offered at National Divorce Conference

Valuation experts have a lot of sessions to choose from at the National Divorce Conference in Las Vegas May 8-10.

Special workshop on TCJA and divorce engagements

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) affects practically everything in valuation, especially in divorce engagements.

Valuation experts should not practice law

One of the pieces of advice you’ll undoubtedly hear at the National Divorce Conference in Las Vegas May 8-10 is that a valuation expert should not practice law without a license.

For goodwill, sometimes simpler is better

In last week’s BVWire, we covered a divorce case in which the husband’s valuation expert used the multiattribute utility model (MUM) framework for separating personal and enterprise goodwill.

In court, a picture is worth a thousand numbers

For an appraiser to be a good expert witness, he or she must be able to explain highly technical and complex financial concepts in a simple way.

Tip for finding hidden assets in divorce

Parties to a divorce often play hide-and-seek with assets so the valuation expert often has to help ferret them out.

Agenda released for 2019 AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference

The agenda is now available for the National Divorce Conference to be presented by BVR and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) in Las Vegas, May 8-10, 2019.

Can a nonprofessional business have personal goodwill? Arkansas court explains

Arkansas is one of the many states that differentiate between enterprise goodwill and personal goodwill. The former is marital property and divisible at divorce; the latter is not. A question that has come up in recent years is whether the owner of a nonprofessional business can claim personal goodwill whose value is excludable from the marital estate.

Save the date! 2019 AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference

BVR has joined forces with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) to present the National Divorce Conference in Las Vegas May 8-10, 2019.

Arkansas court clarifies law on personal goodwill in a nonprofessional business

In divorce cases, Arkansas has followed the rule that enterprise goodwill is marital property but personal goodwill is not.

Tenn. Appeals Court says DLOM in divorce appropriate under facts of case

A recent Tennessee appeals court decision found that the trial court presiding over a drawn-out divorce had discretion to apply a marketability discount when it valued the owner-spouse’s interest in two companies in 2016.

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