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July 2012

Recent Case:
"Recent Case: Real Estate Investment Analysis Related to Marriage Dissolution"

Summary of issue:
Arxis Financial was retained in a family court matter that had dragged on for over 10 years. The couple was divorced a long time ago but the financial matters were never resolved. The marital estate consisted of over 20 residential rental properties including homes and single-family homes. Both parties over the years were alternatively motivated to stall the resolution process because of improving or declining market conditions. The crash of the real estate market and the general economy, starting in 2007, finally motivated both parties to come to the table to try to close the matter

Arxis work:
Arxis Financial was retained in 2012 to prepare an analysis of property cash flows, tax basis, and imbedded gains. The economy had degraded so much that decisions regarding sell or hold were necessary. This was a complete reversal of prior years where the values were increasing so rapidly that capital gain taxes seemed like the biggest problem. Additionally, one spouse had control of the properties and the cash flow generated by the properties. Therefore, work had to be dome to trace proceeds and calculate reimbursement claims.

Fortunately, economic conditions drove the parties towards settlement and the end of a very long divorce. Settlement was based on the analysis of net equity and annual cash flow for each property that allowed the parties to balance their respective needs for assets and income. The pie was divided – but it was a much smaller pie in current economic conditions.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements for Chris Hamiltion

September: “Fraud and Forensic Accounting-From Inception to Trial" – San Fernando Valley Bar Association - Probate Section

Practice Profile:
Forensic Accounting Services for Marriage Dissolution

Every month, we profile a different service offered by Arxis Financial. This month, we invite you to learn more about our Forensic Accounting Services for Marriage Dissolution.

Forensic accounting, by its nature, involves actual or anticipated disputes or litigation. Arxis Financial’s Forensic Accounting practice offers significant expertise in divorce cases. Our professionals are typically engaged to perform an analysis relating to identifying marital vs. separate property, uncovering hidden income within a business, determining the value of a business, locating concealed assets, and other related issues. We investigate and analyze the financial evidence and provide meaningful insights.

Arxis Financial’s expertise is particularly advantageous in marital dissolution matters because of our skill sets in uncovering essential facts and developing defensible valuations. A key reason that attorneys engage Arxis Financial is our ability to analyze, explain and present financially complex issues, which is an important asset in determining a legal strategy as well as achieving your client’s goals. Our experts are well-known in the industry and highly respected for their depth of knowledge and resources.

Our specialists have extensive experience in presenting and defending our findings in litigation proceedings, including depositions and trial at local, state and federal court levels, as well as mediation and arbitration. Arxis Financial assists attorneys in interpreting the data, and help counsel to understand and analyze events or issues. This level of support can be a key asset in determining a legal strategy as well as reaching a reasonable and efficient conclusion.


Partner Profile:
The Forensic Accounting practice is headed by partner Chris L. Hamilton, CPA, CFE, CVA, DABFA. Mr. Hamilton is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Valuation Analyst, and a Diplomate with the American Board of Forensic Accounting. He is a licensed life and disability insurance agent and a General Securities Representative. Mr. Hamilton has published articles in several publications, and has made presentations at national conferences, training institutes and seminars on topics including forensic accounting, fraud and business appraisal.

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Chris Hamilton, CPA CFE, CVA, DABFA
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Litigation Consulting
Forensic Accounting - Fraud - Business Valuation

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