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Forensic accounting has become a vital facet of litigation. Increasingly, attorneys must document the numbers they rely upon to substantiate their damage claims. The growing partnership between CPA’s and the legal community is evidenced by the diversity of situations requiring the calculations and expert testimony of forensic accountants.

Forensic Accounting Expert Witness

    The following illustrate the varied role of the CPA in Forensic Accounting:

    Class Action Suit

    In a class action suit involving alleged price fixing, the CPA can:

    • Evaluate company profitability
    • Analyze cost data
    • Compare invoices issued against price lists
    • Attend and analyze witness depositions

    Breach of Contract

    In a suit alleging breach of contract, the CPA can:

    • Review financial information
    • Help the attorney determine the accuracy of the damage calculations submitted
    • Calculate damages based on financial information submitted

    Medical Malpractice

    In a medical malpractice suit, the CPA can:

    • Calculate the value of lost wages
    • Determine the cost of medical services
    • Appear as an expert witness regarding the CPA’s findings

    Dissolution of Marriage

    As part of a dissolution proceeding, the CPA can:

    • Prepare an overview of the community estate with assets of deeds.
    • Critique a valuation report submitted by the spouse
    • Identify a number of important valuation issues
    • Provide valuation reports
    • Provide testimony under oath
    • Calculate controllable monthly cash flow for support of the non-working spouse

    Breach of Warranties

    In a breach of warranty case, the CPA can:

    • Trace funds to determine community vs. separate assets.
    • Design the required systems, both manual and automated, to adequately administer the claims submitted
    • Review each claim to determine if the information is both complete and valid
    • Provide attorneys for both plaintiff and defendant with regular statistical information concerning the processing and evaluation of claims
    • Prepare the required tax forms and settlement fund

    Financial Fraud

    In a financial fraud case, the CPA can:

    • Trace financial transactions
    • Help prove or disprove assertions regarding values and amounts of income
    • Help demonstrate the accuracy of representations or data about business transactions
    • Assist in preparation of financial statements
    • Help prepare qualifying damages
    • Examine underlying controls to ascertain whether the control environment was supportive of prudent business decisions

    Loss of Business Earnings

    In a loss of business earnings case, the CPA can:

    • Prepare projections of future revenues, expenses and net income of a company based on the business, historical financial information and operating information

    Individual Earnings

    In a loss of individual earnings case, the CPA can:

    • Calculate earnings based on compensation, benefits and services provided by the individual
    • Calculate the total loss of individual earnings based on time period analyzed
    • Prepare a report summarizing the CPA’s findings and conclusion

    Real Estate

    In a real estate litigation case, the CPA can:

    • Evaluate the financial conclusions of damages based on historical, financial information reviewed
    • Calculate and testify regarding the CPA’s conclusions based on assumptions used

    In a real estate rent control arbitration case, the CPA can:

    • Review the current ordinance to determine what amount of rent increase si allowed
    • Calculate and testify regarding the CPA’s  conclusions based on assumptions used

    Eminent Domain

    In an eminent domain case, the CPA can:

    • Calculate the value of a business in the “before” and “after” condition
    • Calculate the value of goodwill
    • Advise on the structure and tax consequences of an award

    Alter Ego

    In an Alter Ego case, the CPA can:

    • Attack or defend the corporate veil, by examining each of the criteria that apply to these cases
 

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