Why So Many Documents for a Business Valuation (Part 3)?

Documents Needed for Incorporated Businesses There are specific documents concerning corporations that Forensic Accountants frequently request to review in a dissolution matter. Typical ones include articles of incorporation, by-laws, corporate minutes, stock certificate books, stock ownership lists, organograms and job descriptions of key officers. Articles of incorporation: Forensic Accountants want to know when the company…

Why So Many Documents for a Business Valuation (Part 2)?

In the previous issue of Forensic Accounting Today, I consisely clarified the key reasons why Forensic Accountants request certain documents for business valuations. These included financial statements, tax returns, general ledgers and journals, paid bills, bank statements, canceled checks and brokerage statements, income tax audits, and stockholder and director minutes. (If you do not have…

Dividing Pension Plans in Divorce and Legal Separation Cases in California

In the State of California, retirement benefits are considered a form of employment compensation. Thus, the community estate owns the pension rights that pertain to employment during the marriage. This holds true regardless whether the pension benefits have vested or matured. The division of pension benefits between the separate and community estates must be “reasonable…