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Valuation and Forensics


We hold the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV ®) credential from the AICPA for business valuations. The ABV credential is granted exclusively by the AICPA to CPAs and qualified valuation professionals who demonstrate considerable expertise in valuation through their knowledge, skill, experience and adherence to professional standards. We have preared business valuations to assist in business sales, merger/acquistions, SBA 7(a) loans, internal buy-sell purposes, estate taxation purposes and divorce matters. We are certified experts by several local courts as business valuation experts.

Our fees range based on the intended us of the valuation. You can always upgrade a prior report as needed to the next assertion level. Don't pay for the full platinum type report if your reason for the report doesn't require it. Our general fees are $1,500 for a calcuation of value (without opinion and for internal management use), to $2,500 for SBA 7(a) loans and for most friendly transactions with limited usage of the report, to $5,000 to $10,000+ for full report prepared for trial or litigation including divorce.

We have been speakers and presenters on business valuation topics for various large and community banks, SBA offices, the GSCPA and the Southeastern Small Business Lenders Conference (SESBLC) and national life insurance companies.



Income Approach

Consists of the Direct Capitalization of Earnings Method, used when earnings are projected to remain at a constant growth rate, or the Discounted Cash Flow Method, used when earnings are projected to fluctuate before stabilizing. The appraiser uses his judgment based on historical financials, among other attributes.

Market Approach

 Consists of the Direct Data Market Method which derives multiples as a factor of sales and earnings streams from historical transactions of similar businesses. The valuation considers historical and current financial performance and assumes that the subject business will be sold on a debt-free basis.

Asset Approach

 Also commonly known as the “cost approach” or the “replacement-cost approach.” Each asset of the business is valued separately (typically excludes intangibles) and the total of the liabilities is subtracted to derive the total value of the enterprise.




Our experienced professionals quickly and confidentially assess complex situations, identify and evaluate evidence, investigate events, conduct interviews, and prepare supportable reports that can withstand assessments by regulators, courts, and other external stakeholders.


Senior Forrestall CPA team members hold many different accreditations. These include but not limited to:

  • Accredited in Business Valuation by AICPA (ABV)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Diplomat from American Board of Forensic Accountants (DABFA)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics by AICPA (CFF)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Master’s degrees in Accounting, Taxation and Business Administration