Business Valuation and Litigation


Successfully operating a business enterprise and making sound financial decisions in today’s fast-paced environment presents significant challenges, creating the need for a specialized professional: the business valuator.

The role of a business valuator is to determine the value of tangible and intangible assets held by businesses or individuals. Valuation professionals provide a broad array of services to meet the unique needs of businesses and independent clients. Qualified business valuators have expertise in accounting, tax, finance, economics, litigation support, valuation theory and application, and more.

A Professional Valuator might be necessary when considering or determining:

  • Adequacy of life insurance
  • Financing
  • Employee stock ownership plans
  • Incentive stock option programs
  • Pensions and 401(k) benefits
  • Gifting programs
  • Estate and gift taxes
  • Fairness opinions
  • Franchise valuation or review
  • Intellectual property
  • Litigation support
  • Disruption of a business
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Dissenting shareholder actions
  • Partner disputes
  • Economic loss analysis
  • Succession planning
  • Divorce
  • Eminent domain
  • Wrongful death mediation and arbitration
  • Allocation of acquisition price
  • Lease v. buy
  • Liquidation or reorganization
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Purchase/sale of a business
  • Corporate split-ups and spin-offs

The business valuations and assessments performed by the Aiken Warner Leonard PLLC team have been used for marital property division, business sales, estate tax valuation and planning, gift tax valuation, employee stock option purchases, partner or shareholder buy-out, liquidation, buy-sell agreements, shareholder litigation, and inter-family transfer values.

Understanding the full scope of business valuation services is important in identifying specific areas of interest and need. Our business valuation clients come from all sorts of professions and industries; some of our past valuations have included:

  • Construction (carpentry, cabinetry, cable and fiber optics installation, roofing, glass installation, garage door and gate installation, sheet metal and siding installation, lumber)
  • Commercial real estate
  • Communications
  • Engineering (structural and general)
  • Excavation
  • Farming
  • Government contracting
  • Health care training and marketing
  • Lobbying and political consulting
  • Manufacturing (coal production, corrugated metal products, medical equipment, paint and coatings, power supply)
  • Professional (CPA, medical, legal) practices
  • Publishing
  • Restaurants
  • Retail sales and services (automotive repair, bicycle sales, computer sales and service, farm and garden equipment sales, information technology, software development and training, furniture moving)
  • Trailer park management
  • Utility contracting

About Our Litigation Support Services

Aiken Warner Leonard PLLC’s professional staff provides expert litigation counseling and testimony on a wide range of issues.

  • Fraud and embezzlement
  • Divorce disputes
  • Business acquisitions
  • Settlement support
  • Insurance claims
  • Criminal tax fraud
  • Money laundering