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Jeff May

Making a Case for Divorce: Conference Offers Litigation Strategies for CPAs and Lawyers 

Remote Access Available for In-Depth Biennial Event Sponsored by AICPA and AAML 
Published February 03, 2014

NEW YORK (Feb. 3, 2014) – More than a million divorces take place in the United States each year, and they can range from low-key, amicable affairs to hard fought, enormously complex cases. With rapid changes in tax, retirement and matrimonial law, expert valuation and forensic accounting skills are in high demand by litigators.

To help sharpen the expertise of CPAs and lawyers in this area, the American Institute of CPAs and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers are teaming up this spring for the AICPA/AAML National Conference on Divorce, one of the most detailed, in-depth forums on divorce law and expert witness topics. Scheduled every two years, the conference will be held April 24-25, 2014, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, with optional pre-conference workshops on April 23.

Here’s what’s new this year:

·         A series of linked sessions on the division of trusts and estates in divorce cases.

·         A special panel that examines skills women can use to build their effectiveness as expert witnesses.

·         A full schedule of timely sessions on such topics as divorce law in the post-Defense of Marriage Act environment, the division of distressed assets, accurate valuation of private equity and venture capital investments, tools for lifestyle analysis, and the use of electronic evidence to discover hidden assets or spending.  

As in past years, the conference places a strong emphasis on ways CPAs and lawyers can work together to build a winning case.

Keynote speakers include: Nancy J. Fannon, partner in charge of litigation services at Meyers Harrison & Pia LLC; Jay E. Fishman, managing director of Financial Research Associates; James R. Hitchner, managing director of Financial Valuation Advisors; and Z. Christopher Mercer, CEO of Mercer Capital.

Reporters interested in covering the event can obtain press credentials by contacting Shirley Twillman, stwillman@aicpa.org. An online broadcast of the conference is also available and members of the media who wish to cover the event remotely can contact Jeff May, jmay@aicpa.org, for log-in details. Advance notice is required for online access.

For more information about the conference, please consult the event brochure.

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