Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential by the AICPA

Thanks to the CSI television series, most people have become familiar with the term “forensics” and know that it involves legal situations.  In the financial world, CPA’s may earn the CFF designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the ultimate governing body of accountancy in the United States.   Forensic accounting is a specialization that … Read more

Kardashian-Humphries Divorce Legalities

  Unless you have been living in a cave for the last year, you have seen the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries marriage and divorce plastered all over the internet.  Kim is a high profile reality show figure and Kris is a professional basketball player.  In what appears to be a publicity stunt by Kim, but unknown … Read more

Fraud – A Nasty Introduction

  Fraud has been around since Adam and Eve.  It pokes its nasty head into almost everything we do including marriage, probate, and other family matters.  Fraud is evil, based upon greed, and will destroy marriages and lives.  Don’t be fooled, fraud touches all of us, everyday, in one form or another. A common definition … Read more

Trusts Complicate Divorces

Retirement Planning and Trusts   Trusts are commonly used by individuals in estate planning, yet they create very uncommon problems in divorce.  Trusts can be extremely complicated and each one will have variations depending upon the family or individual who created them.  It’s important to consider Trusts and how they affect your separate and community property before, … Read more

Marital Dissolution

Matrimonial Actions, Marital Dissolution, Divorce, whatever we call it, the process is not fun and emotions usually run hot.  As a result, divorce litigation can become very sticky and often revolves around money and asset valuations.  Forensic Accountants are becoming more prevalent in these types of cases where large dollars are involved.  They have the … Read more

Business Valuations

Business Valuations are essential in a multitude of financial situations or opportunities.  Businesses can be bought, sold, financed, sued, own real estate, pay taxes and do most things that a living human-being might do.  As a result, the business may need to be “valued” for one of these purposes.  Understanding a unique business and being … Read more

Expert Witnesses

What is an Expert Witness? Someone skilled in a particular art, trade or profession with special information or expertise in a particular area may be qualified as an expert witness.  However, they must testify in the field which they qualified.  Forensic Accountants testify in the field of accounting, finance, taxes, and related areas.  They are … Read more

Litigation Consulting and Support

Litigation Consulting, or Litigation Support as it is sometimes called, is one of the major services provided by a Forensic Accountant.  Unfortunately we live in a world and country where lawsuits are prevalent.  Although sometimes unavoidable, litigation costs can be minimized if all the financial information is disclosed and analyzed so the parties can make … Read more