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Deciding how to value a business in a divorce case

In a Georgia divorce case, it may be necessary to put a price tag on a business for property division purposes. The biggest question when doing so may revolve around whether to do a full valuation or a calculation of value. Regardless of which option is chosen, the calculation should be made by a skilled professional. This is true no matter how the business is structured.

Typically, a full valuation will be needed if the case is going to be settled in court. This is because they tend to be more through and more accurate, but the downside is that they tend to cost more to perform. The calculation of value method may be ideal for those settling a case in mediation or through other less formal procedures. While it is less accurate and more narrow in scope, it may be preferable because it costs less to conduct.

The complexity of the company as well as the nature of the divorce may decide what type of valuation process is warranted. If the parties are willing to work together, the full valuation may not be necessary. However, one may be necessary even when the parties negotiate in good faith if the business is large or has many components to it.

In a case involving complex asset division, it may be necessary to employ a variety of professionals to come to a reasonable settlement. An attorney may be able to help a client find an appraiser or others who may help determine a company's value. After a valuation has been completed, an attorney may use it in an effort to obtain a favorable settlement for the client.

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