One unintended consequence of writing unimpeachably neutral expert reports is that often nobody wants to hear what you have left to say. After having spent nearly two years working as an expert witness, authoring an uncounted number of expert reports, subpoenas, discovery requests, deposition questions, and cross-examination questions, I had yet to testify in a single trial or deposition. Getting a chance to testify had become my Red Ryder, carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle. With each case that settled, I couldn’t help but to feel like the forensic accounting version of Ralphie, being told I’d shoot my eye out if a case ever went to trial. This fifth article of the Unimpeachable Neutrality series offers an inside look at the objectives, techniques, and strategies that defined my testimonial experience prior to taking the witness stand.
As forensic accountants, we may be called upon to determine the value of the marital estate. Frequently, we either receive an avalanche of documents or very few documents. How do we distinguish what is valuable versus what is not? Why is the information so important in our forensic analysis of the case? In this article, the author answers these questions and shares her experience.