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Forensic Accounting

Widely publicized financial scandals have fueled the demand for forensic accounting services. Attorneys hire forensic accountants for a variety of matters including suspected fraud, matrimonial investigations and shareholder disputes. In our experience, the earlier a forensic accountant is brought in, the better the odds faced in most litigation.

Litigated forensic cases are detail and document dense. Invariably, the interpretation of complex accounting issues comes into play. Good forensic accountants can determine the cost-effectiveness of even litigating the case in the first place. Forensic accountants should be given authority to investigate every aspect of the case so that the correct conclusions can be drawn.

Effective forensic accounting investigation is to know what documents to ask for and what they are likely to reveal. Moreover, forensic accountants can detach themselves from the details to help the attorney on overall strategy or to assess opponent vulnerabilities.

More important than bringing in a forensic accountant early is engaging a forensic accountant with the right credentials, experience and resources to bear.

Our firm is boutique forensic accounting practitioner. We are specialized and offer elite professionals that can focus on our clients. We aren’t balancing many projects with scant attention on any one. We concentrate on a few projects, giving you the benefit of our full attention.

Who Needs Forensic Accounting?

Forensic accounting - also called "financial forensics" or "forensic auditing" - is an area of accounting that investigates actual or anticipated disputes.

Disputes can range from business-related litigation to marital dissolution. We handle both litigation support and investigative accounting.

Litigation Support

This area covers accounting assistance for current or pending litigation.

For a litigation assignment, we...

  • Assist in gathering the necessary documentation to support or refute a claim
  • Examine the relevant documentation to help form an assessment of the case
  • Review the damages report by the opposing expert
  • Assist with settlement discussions and negotiations
  • Attend trial to hear the testimony of the opposing expert and provide assistance with cross-examination 

Investigative Accounting

Occasionally, you may need to explore whether fraud or misconduct has occurred, such as employee theft of property or inventory, possible misappropriation of funds by employees, kickbacks to employees from outside businesses, securities fraud, and or even insurance fraud.

With our investigative accounting services, we bring to bear our accounting knowledge and experience in the field to give you a clear understanding of the situation. When you retain our expertise, we skillfully...

  • Review the situation and offer suggestions for possible courses of action;
  • Assist with the protection and recovery of assets;
  • Coordinate with other experts, including private investigators, forensic document examiners, and consulting engineers; and
  • Assist with any necessary civil action or criminal prosecution.

Forensic Investigations take a Variety of Forms

The services of a forensic accountant are required for a range of investigations across many different industries.

Here are the most common assignments in forensic accounting:

Disputes among Shareholders or Partners. The compensation and benefits given to each of the shareholders or partners is one of the more common issues in these cases.

Personal Injury Claims / Motor Vehicle Accidents. When economic losses from a personal injury or vehicular accident are in question, a forensic accountant is brought in.  

Insurance Claims. Because insurance policies vary greatly in their terms and conditions,  such engagements require a thorough policy review to determine the appropriate method of figuring the loss. A forensic accountant can assist from either the insured or the insurer's standpoint.

Business/Employee Fraud Investigations.The investigation of employee fraud often requires a determination of the extent of the fraud. It may or may not include the identification of a perpetrator.  Many times, such assignments necessitate interviews of personnel who had access to the funds.

Matrimonial Disputes. Usually, when a dispute of this nature arises, forensic accountants must locate and evaluate the disputed assets, be they  businesses, property, or fiduciary. 

Business Economic Losses.These kinds of engagements include contract disputes, construction claims, expropriations, product liability claims, trademark and patent infringements, and losses stemming from an alleged breach of a non-compete agreement. 

Give Us a Call

If you think you have reason to be concerned about financial misconduct, please call us today. We are happy to help you determine whether our services are needed.

Let's get to the bottom of your problem.

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