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Expert Witnessing in Forensic Accounting

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ISBN13: 9780849308987
ISBN: 0849308984
Published: February 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Format: Hardback
Price: £105.00

From opposing the local CPA to tackling the Big Five - Everything you need to know about accounting in the courtroomWith the recent boom in litigation and malpractice charges concerning tax, accounting, financial litigation, and fraud disputes, more and more accounting professionals are being hired as expert witnesses. Yet, few lawyers have a full understanding of what accountants can contribute to their cases. And few accountants are familiar enough with the legal system to recognize everything they have to offer as an expert witness. In turn, many relevant issues are missed and financial disputes are often settled with unfavorable outcomes.Conceived and written in the trenches, Expert Witnessing in Forensic Accounting: A Handbook for Lawyers and Accountants candidly shows how to be successful in the courtroom through the hands-on experiences of both a certified public accountant and a trial attorney. Zeph Telpner and Michael Mostek guide you through the entire judicial process - revealing their own and others' mistakes and triumphs along the way and presenting guidelines for everything from choosing an accountant to analyzing the opposing expert's deposition.T he law of civil pro;This straightforward book pulls together all the essential information on the topic. Providing numerous case studies, annotated court documents, expert witness reports, and an actual trial transcript of an expert's testimony, Expert Witnessing in Forensic Accounting: A Handbook for Lawyers and Accountants helps you discover the relevant issues and facts needed to win the dispute.L;AWYERS:Know how and when to choose and work with the right forensic accountantDetermine whether to hire your forensic accountant as a consultant or an expert witnessDecide how early to bring the accounting expert in on the caseDiscover everything that forensic accountants can accomplish for youMatch the accounting expert with the job to be doneHelp the accountant do a superior job in discoveryUse the forensic accountant to the greatest benefitAsk the right questions during direct and cross-examinationBuild a successful working relationship with the forensic accountantACCOUNTANTS:Learn how to best advise lawyers during discovery and litigationDiscover the procedural and evidentiary rules that most often affect forensic accountant specialistsKnow how to respond and what to expect while you're on the witness standSuccessfully rebut the opinions of the opposing expert accountantPerform superior services in discovery, accounting guidance, and writing expert reportsKnow how to write a job engagement letter and negotiate feesSee how an expert supported the valuation of a particular business in accordance with judicial requirements Build a successful working relatio

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Preface. The Forensic Accountant. The Accounting Expert Witness. The Expert's Job Engagement Letter. Where to Begin. How to Continue. Substance versus Form and the Nonfactual Fact. The Effect of the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine. Research Sources for the Expert. The Expert's Written Report. The Expert's Testimony. Additional Work after the Trial.