Using Forensic Accountants Effectively in the Legal Process
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Although steadily expanding for years before Enron, Worldcom and other major frauds in the early 2000s brought the concept into the public's consciousness, the field of forensic accounting has seen rapid growth since then. This growth has steadily increased the areas where forensic accountants can be utilized far beyond just fraud investigations into almost any area where money or other "numbers" are related to the issues in a case.
As with any professional area, the appropriate and effective use of forensic accountants within the legal process - as part of the legal "team" - can be improved. Both case outcomes and resource usage are dependent on many factors, including early involvement, continuing appropriate communication, and efficient utilization at each stage of the legal process both as legal consultants and expert witnesses.
Why should you Attend:
- Are you aware of the areas where forensic accountants could be beneficial?
- Hiring the wrong expert isn't the only way to waste money or lose a case.
- Courts continue to raise the bar for expert testimony.
Areas Covered in the Session:
- How forensic accountants can add value at each stage of both civil and criminal cases
- What's the difference between advocacy and objectivity?
- Proactive approaches to reducing the risk of exclusion.
- Determining if you need a consultant or an expert witness
- Specific examples of the effective use of experts in a variety of situations
Who Will Benefit:
- Investigators, Any accountants interested in forensic accounting,
- Legal staff such as paralegals
- Private Investigators
- Insurance claims Managers
- Anyone involved in litigation or criminal cases
Dr. Raymond S. Kulzick is a Florida CPA, Certified in Financial Forensics, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and president of Kulzick Consulting, PA. He is a legal consultant and expert witness in the areas of damages, fraud, divorce, and financial analysis for litigation and regulatory compliance. Dr. Kulzick is a frequent instructor at continuing education events for CPAs and members of the legal profession.
He has held management positions with large corporations, government, and non-profits, and has owned a number of small businesses. A professor at St. Thomas University for many years, Dr. Kulzick developed their Forensic Accounting graduate specialization. He has a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Accounting from St. Thomas University, and MBA and BBA degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of numerous professional organizations -including currently serving on the Florida Institute of CPAs Board of Governors.