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BUSINESS VALUATIONS

Zamucen & Curren has been providing business valuation services for the following
matters for the past 30 years:

  • Valuation of a Closely Held Business
  • Fraud Investigation Relating to Business Valuations
  • Eminent Domain (Goodwill Valuations)
  • Litigation Support Services
  • Estate/Trust Planning (Fractional Interest Valuations)
  • Transaction Purposes (Purchase/Sale of business)
  • Divorce
  • Bankruptcy
  • Valuation of Intangible Assets
  • Partner Disputes
  • Corporate Liquidation
  • Buy/Sell Agreements

Our Experts’ Credentials in business valuations include:

  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (American Society of Appraisers)
  • Accredited Business Valuator (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
  • Certified Business Appraiser (Institute of Business Appraisers)
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (National Association of Certified Valuation Analysis)
  • Certified Fraud Examine (National Institute of Certified Fraud Examiners)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
  • Charter Global Management Accountants

Zamucen & Curren maintains an impressive track record relating to business valuation assignment and client satisfaction.  Zamucen & Curren is known for providing credible, unbiased valuation services and for competently working through the complex service that can arise in business valuation matters.

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FORENSIC ACCOUNTING

     
   

We provide forensic accounting services to assist clients and attorneys in making sense of the financial issues involved in litigation.   Often these matters involve complex financial transactions, missing or incomplete data or fraudulent activity.  Our team of forensic accounting professionals has over 100 years of combined experience with backgrounds in accounting and business management, financial planning and auditing.  We know how businesses work and are able to look behind the numbers.

Some of our forensic accounting services include:

  • Alter Ego Analysis and Testimony
  • Assisting attorneys with discovery requests to obtain critical documents
  • Interviews of key personnel related to the case
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial records
  • Investigation of hidden assets or income
  • Reconstruction of financial information from incomplete records
  • Preparation of reports and exhibits for trial or settlement negotiations
  • Developing questions for the deposition of key witnesses
  • Evaluation and rebuttal of opposing expert’s report
  • Expert witness testimony at trial or deposition

Our forensic accounting services provide valuable assistance to clients and their attorneys involved in civil litigation, marital dissolutions and a variety of other matters.
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CASH FLOW ANALYSIS

     

Investigation and analysis of cash flow is an area where we can provide assistance to our clients and their attorneys.  This can be structured as a cash flow analysis of a spouse which is used to determine appropriate child or spousal support.  Also, a business cash flow analysis is critical in developing an accurate valuation of the subject business. 

In marital dissolutions cases, a key component of our work is to develop a report of gross controllable cash flow for one or both spouses.  The report generally includes all elements of income available for support.  This could include the following reported income:

  • Wages
  • Interest and dividend income
  • Income from rental properties or partnerships
  • Income from businesses wholly or partially owned by the spouse

In addition to including the reported amounts of income per the tax returns and financial statements, we also many times investigate other elements of a cash flow available to the spouse.  If the spouse owns a closely-held business, an important step in our investigation is an analysis of perquisites paid for by the business.  Some common perquisites are personal expenses the business pays for related to automobile costs, travel expenses, entertainment, accounting or legal costs not related to the business such as personal tax return preparation or divorce-related fees.

In some cases there may be an indication of unreported income or hidden assets.  In these cases, we may do a lifestyle analysis.  This is an analysis which compares reported income to the spending and savings patterns of the person earning the income.   Another method of investigation is a net worth analysis, reconciling the increase in overall net worth over a specific period of time with the income available for savings during that time.

Cash flow analysis is also critical to an accurate valuation of a business.  In the case of a closely-held business, there are many ways for the business owner to impact the reported income or cash flow.  They can pay personal expenses through the business; choose to not report all of the income or cash received; or pay themselves a salary far below or well above the market pay for their position, or pay friends or family members that do not work in the business.  Through a thorough investigation and analysis, and based on adequate documentation we make adjustments to “normalize” the earnings from the business.  These normalized earnings are then used in our calculations of value under various methodologies.
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FAMILY LAW / MARITAL DISSOLUTION

     

We assist clients and their attorneys in involved in litigation regarding marital dissolutions.   In some cases we are retained by one spouse, and in others we may be jointly retained by both parties or appointed as the Court’s financial expert under California Evidence Code Section 730.  While divorce is an emotional time for both husband and wife, we can provide valuable assistance to either one or both parties.  We have assisted couples and their attorneys in mediation, or been retained as the expert for one of the parties during a contested divorce. 

During a divorce, a spouse may attempt to conceal assets or income in order to lower spousal or child support or to obtain assets in the settlement at less than their true value.  Our team of forensic accounting professionals has extensive experience in family law matters and is skilled at uncovering hidden assets and unreported income.  In addition, where a closely-held business is involved, if given adequate documetnation we have the skills and depth of knowledge to determine an accurate valuation for purposes of dividing the community assets.

Some of our forensic accounting services related to family law matters includes:

  • Determination of gross controllable cash flow for support
  • Valuation of the closely-held businesses owned by the parties
  • Tracing of separate property funds/assets
  • Development of a marital balance sheet for division of community assets & liabilities
  • Determining the standard of living during marriage

In addition to the reports and analysis used for your marital dissolution, we assist your attorney in managing various other aspects of your case.  This may include assisting with discovery requests to obtain critical documents, participating in settlement negotiations, developing questions for the deposition of key witnesses, evaluation and rebuttal of opposing expert’s report, and providing expert witness testimony at trial or deposition.
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BUSINESS / ECONOMIC DAMAGES

 


Zamucen & Curren performs Business/Economic Damage Analyses for the following matters:

Business

  • Fraud Investigation
  • Partner Disputes
  • Corporate “Alter Ego” Analysis and Testimony
  • Breach of Contract
  • Business Dissolutions

Individuals

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Zamucen & Curren has an impressive track record of success in maters related to the above areas.  Zamucen & Curren provides its clients with helpful insight and clarification of damage analysis throughout the various stages of litigated matters.


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GOODWILL VALUATIONS

 


Zamucen & Curren has been valuing business goodwill and intangible assets for over 20 years relating to the following matters:

  • Divorce
  • Eminent Domain
  • Infringement Damages

Our highly credentialed and experienced staff is ready to assist you and work through the complex issues of your case.


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CONSTRUCTION DAMAGE CALCULATION

 


Zamucen & Curren have assisted in the measurement of damages related to construction defect/ damage issues for over 20 years.   Damages resulting from construction defect can result from numerous issues including:

  • Construction Delay
  • Increased Construction Expenses
  • Increased Vacancy Rates
  • Decreased Rental Rates
  • Other Areas


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EMINENT DOMAIN

 


Zamucen & Curren has been providing goodwill valuation services related to eminent domain matters for 20 years.  Zamucen & Curren offers the following services related to eminent domain:

  • Goodwill Loss
  • Other Business Damages
  • Preliminary Goodwill Loss/ Business Damage Analysis
  • Precondemnation Damage Analyses
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Assistance in Settlement Negotiations
  • Educational Seminars

Zamucen & Curren has represented business owners and condemning authorities throughout California.

Please feel free to call for attorney references.


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