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Forensic, Litigation,
Equipment Appraisal

Valuation: A key ingredient for achieving your financial goals.

If you own a business, want to protect your wealth, or determine how much an asset is worth, you will at some point need professional valuation services. It may be to:

  • Assist with selling your business
  • Obtain financing from a lender for the purchase of a business
  • Plan for a merger, acquisition or stock offering
  • Develop an estate or tax plan to protect your wealth
  • Create a succession plan
  • Determine the value of assets and liabilities for a divorce settlement
  • Assist attorneys in litigation
  • File an insurance claim
  • Set up an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

Whatever its purpose, valuation is a widely used discipline that can play a key role in helping you achieve your financial goals. Business valuation professionals can give you the answer.

Business valuation is a complex process requiring broad knowledge of accounting, finance, economics and business, expert application of recognized valuation methodologies, and diligent adherence to professional standards. When expert valuation services are needed, choose the CPA/ABV mark of excellence.

Who needs Forensic Accountants?

Forensic Accountants are needed for investigating mergers and acquisitions, tax investigations, economic crime investigations, civil litigation support, divorce, specialized audits, and even in terrorist investigations.

Forensic accountants are professionals who use a unique blend of education and experience to apply accounting, and investigative skills to uncover truth, form legal opinions, and assist in investigations. Forensic accountants may be involved in both litigation support (providing assistance on a given case, primarily related to the calculation or estimation of economic damages and related issues) and investigative accounting (looking into illegal activites).

What your machinery and equipment is worth to your business.

Hafen | Buckner has the professional skill, certification, and vast experience to provide accurate appraisals that business owners can trust. These appraisals hold up to scrutiny with lenders, buyers, The IRS, courts, and others. Machinery and Equipment Appraisals are part of the firm’s repertoire of specialized services including litigation support, forensic accounting and business valuation.

Hafen | Buckner prides itself on its wealth of experience from being Southern Utah’s longest established full service CPA firm. That, combined with having established the highest standards of accuracy and adhering to those standards, allows businesses the confidence that they have tapped into the best resources available.

The Following Situations Call for a Certified Equipment Appraisal:

  • Divorce Settlements
  • Litigation Support
  • Loans / Leases
  • Foreclosures / Bankruptcy
  • Gift Estate Planning
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • 1031 Exchanges
  • Converting From C To S Corp
  • Cost Segregation
  • Pension Protection Act
  • Insurable Value / Property Taxes
  • FASB 141 & 142
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Trust & Estate Planning
  • Partnership Dissolution
  • Retirement Planning

If you are encountering any of the above, you need an independent third party appraisal. Obtaining a Certified Appraisal from a Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser (CMEA) will provide you with a substantiated and defensible value.

All appraisal reports are not created equal. The financial ramifications of flawed machinery and equipment appraisals negatively impact many companies every year. However, when accurate market values are identified and are backed by supporting evidence, costly mistakes are avoided and confidence and financial clarity is gained.

The CMEA (Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser) with Hafen, Buckner, Everett & Graff, PC, delivers a comprehensive and detailed Certified Appraisal Report consistent with the ethics and guidelines mandated by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). USPAP, promulgated by Congress and the Appraisal Foundation, is the leading authoritative source for appraisals.

That's why you can expect to receive an accurate, conclusive, defensible, and descriptive report including photographs, model and serial numbers, and other indexed information that will withstand scrutiny. Our assignment of value is based on extensive research, personal inspection, and contact with manufacturers as well as suppliers to determine what your items are really worth. Contact Hafen Buckner Everett & Graff, PC to learn more.

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