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CLE - Business Valuation in Divorce – Post Adams

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


As a divorce lawyer, it's not unusual to encounter clients who own some or all of a business.  The business interests can range from a small family owned and operated corporation to a large private wealth management firm (as seen in *Adams).  It's crucial to understand the type of business holding and how to value the parties’ interest in the business. 

Over the years, there have been a number of reported cases guiding how business valuations should be handled in divorce depending on the type of business in question.  It's important for divorce attorneys to understand which cases and, therefore, which valuation methodology applies to each business encounter.  Only then can you be sure we have the right expert helping us and are asking the right questions of the opposing expert. 

This program will help you gain an understanding of the valuation issues you are likely to encounter in your practice, help you recognize which cases are most applicable to your situation, provide insight on the different valuation methodologies, and most importantly, provide you with tools to ask the right questions of your own and the opposing expert.

*Adams v. Adams, SJC 10671 (2011)

Specific Topics:

 - Discussion of facts and findings of the Adams case
 - Methodology issues used by experts in Adams case
 - Appraisers' assessment of income and how they derived it for valuation purposes
 - Errors by the experts: how they assessed future income
 - Discounted cash flows method v. capitalization of income method: Which is the appropriate method to value?
 - How cash flows are used in business valuation
 - How appraisers should deal with cash flows in valuing a wealth management firm
 - Unique attributes of hedge funds: High water marks and how they affect value


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