the Need for a




                        Business Valuator


Successfully operating a business enterprise and making sound financial decisions in today's fast-paced complex world presents significant challenges. These challenges create a need for a specialized professional—the business valuator! The specific role of the business valuator is to determine the value of tangible and intangible assets held by businesses or individuals. Valuation professionals provide a broad array of services to meet the unique needs of businesses and independent clients. A business valuator may be necessary for financial legal, business, fam­ily or personal reasons. Qualified business valuators must have expertise in accounting, tax, finance, economics, litigation support, valuation theory and application and more.






Scope of Business Valuation Services


Understanding the full scope of business valuation services is important in identifying specific areas of interest and need. Business valuation clients come from all professions and industries. Included are attorneys, judges, financial planners and institutions, insurance companies, Certified Public Accountants, business consultants, business owners, real estate appraisers and business brokers. Reasons to hire a professional business valuator may include:


   Adequacy of Life Insurance

   Allocation of Acquisition Price

   Bankruptcy and Foreclosures

   Buy/Sell Agreements

   Charitable Contributions

   Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

   Estate and Gift Taxes

Fairness Opinions

Family Limited Partnerships


   Franchise Valuation or Evaluation

  Gifting Programs

Incentive Stock Option Programs

Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)

Intellectual Property

   Lease versus Buy

   Liquidation or Reorganization

   Litigation Issues:

   Disruption of a Business

   Dissenting Shareholder Actions

•  Divorce

 Economic Loss Analysis

 Eminent Domain

   Partner Disputes

   Pensions, 401(k), Benefits

   Wrongful Death

   Mediation and Arbitration

   Mergers and Acquisitions

   Purchase/Sale of a Business

   Split-ups and Spin-offs

   Succession Planning




Independent and Objective Analysis


Independence is a primary reason for engaging a business valuator. Problems involving a lack of independence, fairness, competence, and disputes among interested parties ma be avoided through third-party objectivity. The goal of the business valuator is to provide you with an independent, knowledgeable, credible valuation without personal or emotional issues influencing the analysis and conclusions.   




Professional Quality and Standards


A skilled business valuator must meet rigid professional training and testing requirements.  Many business valuators earn accreditation through professional organizations such as the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA®). NACVA's credentialed analysts have completed in-depth and advanced training necessary to competently provide a wide range of busi­ness valuation services, using recognized industry standards.



Understanding How Value Is Determined


Most clients seek a business valuation in order to determine an appropriate value of their business or personal assets. Different approaches must be used to determine values 0f businesses and property, depending on the specific purpose for the valuation; Value is usually expressed in terms of fair value, fair market value or investment value. Business valuators are specifically trained to identify and determine the most appropriate standard of value for the valuation engagement




When Value Is the Issue, You Need a Valuation Professional


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