When Business Valuations Lead To Disputes

Valuing a business is a critical step for many transactions. An accurate valuation is vital for purchasing, selling or dissolving a business. It also becomes important when buying out the interest of a partner or shareholder.

Placing a dollar amount on an operating business is no easy task. Depending on the type and size of business involved, the valuation may take into account various factors, including:

  • Assets and liabilities
  • Past and future earnings
  • Comparable sales
  • Goodwill and customer loyalty
  • Capitalization rates

Because they play such an important role in the life of a business, valuations are often at the crux of business-related disputes. Ideally, the business's partnership agreement, shareholders' agreement or operating company agreement would address valuation issues in advance, minimizing the risk of costly disputes. We help clients develop these necessary business agreements. However, not all agreements address valuation issues. What's more, disagreements over business valuations typically involve high stakes. The amount in dispute can exceed multiple thousands of dollars.

Nearly 40 Years Of Experience Handling Complex Business Disputes

At the law office of Stephen Kaplan, P.C., we represent clients facing business valuation disputes in any context – whether during a sale, merger, dissolution or buyout. Our attorney draws on decades of business law experience to navigate these complex issues. He handles litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution. Our firm also enlists the help of expert witnesses to formulate the valuation and, if needed, testify at trial.

As a small firm based in Dallas, Texas, we take care to uphold the financial parameters of clients' goals. Our small size enables us to work quickly and efficiently. Our lawyer and staff members provide flexible availability and responsive, reliable service.

We invite you to arrange a free initial phone consultation by calling 214-346-6048. You can also send us an email.