Valuing Personal Goodwill in the State of Florida: Alternatives to Tangible Net Book Value

Introduction The question of how to objectively value personal goodwill in a marital dissolution proceeding is one frequently encountered by business appraisers and attorneys in the State of Florida. Personal goodwill is defined as the portion of a business’ value in excess of tangible net book value that depends upon….

Making Our Mark in Miami

Ellrich, Neal, Smith & Stohlman, P.A. opened our Miami office last summer and we are proud to announce that over the last year we have truly established ourselves in Florida’s most thriving city. Located in the heart of downtown Miami, our forensic accounting firm serves clientele from all walks of….

The Importance of Ethics in Accounting

Ethical issues surround almost every aspect of accounting, forensic accounting, and valuation engagement. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) plays a critical role in outlining the rule-making and standard-setting for which all CPAs must adhere to. In doing so, AICPA commits to serving the public interest through a….

Top 13 Reasons You Need a Forensic Accountant

Forensic accountants are required to maintain a specialized skill set of auditing expertise, education, and training. Combining accounting and analytical talents with financial proficiency and a strong moral compass, a forensic accountant plays a critical role in both litigation support and investigations. First and foremost, a forensic accountant must maintain….

Bankruptcy and the Need for a Valuation Expert

Many people are surprised to learn the distinct and essential connection between a financially distressed business and a valuation expert. Filing for Chapter 11, otherwise known as reorganization bankruptcy, gives an insolvent company the opportunity to restructure while repaying creditors through a court-approved strategy for reorganization. With the ultimate goal….

Fraud Detection in the Workplace

Fraud detection is becoming more and more important as the business world leans heavily on technology and an influx of data. In recent years, fraud attempts have increased dramatically, thus calling for a fraud detection system that is widespread, efficient, and effective in the workplace. Business owners, boards of directors,….

Hiring a Business Valuation Expert

Conducting a thorough valuation of a business or other enterprise is critical to successful results. All too often, business valuation “experts” use a simple rule-of-thumb formula to do so, but this can lead to critical errors and misinformation. As such, the process of conducting a valuation of a closely-held business….

A New Growth in the Forensic Accounting Industry

The accounting industry as a whole must continually evolve and progress in order to keep up with the changing demands and needs of the individuals and businesses in which they serve. Relatively speaking, forensic accounting is a fairly new profession. As society, the economy, technology, and relevant legislation shifts, forensic….