Make Sure You Have a Licensed CPA on Your Side with Litigation Support Services
The courtroom is not a good place to find out that you don’t have all your financial ducks in a row, which is why professional litigation support services are so important.
A professional CPA can provide invaluable litigation support services directly to a client or an attorney, depending on the particular legal situation. By combining expertise in auditing, tax, and business consulting, a litigation support team can make sure all your bases are covered the next time you step into the courtroom.
Varied litigation support services to meet your needs
Litigation is not a simple process. There are many documents and lots of information that needs to be amassed in order to make your case, in addition to strategizing what the opposing party will propose. That’s what makes litigation support services such a vital aspect of your legal strategy.
There are a wide variety of litigation support services that are available to you. They include:
- Analyzing important financial documents
- Analyzing financial damage reports prepared by the opposing party
- Amassing and organizing large amounts of electronic data
- Providing expert testimony as a witness in your case
- And more
Every case is unique. That’s why it’s so important for you to work closely with your attorney and a professional accountant to build a case that will result in the most positive outcome possible.
A licensed CPA can provide flexible litigation support services
What makes a CPA such a vital team member is the fact that they are able to wear many hats. From providing basic consultancy services to becoming a key witness, a professional accountant can act as an impartial trier of fact, a court-appointed expert, referee, arbitrator, or as a mediator on behalf of a client, depending on your unique needs.
No matter what kind of litigation support services you need, we have what it takes to provide you with quality service. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you see your trial to its conclusion.
Litigation support services FAQ
Exactly what are litigation support services?
The primary goal of litigation support is to organize, analyze, and present case materials using computer systems and various programs. Because A CPA organizes a client’s financial information using these same systems, it is easy for a licensed accountant to use the same systems to collect, organize, and analyze the financial information that is pertinent in various legal proceedings. What’s perhaps most impressive about the litigation support services offered by a professional accountant is the fact that they can amass information from many different sources in the same place, making the data much easier to understand, analyze, and compare.
Using this information, a CPA can assist with electronic courtroom presentations, as well as manage various paper and electronic documents.
With these base services, a CPA is able to provide a wide variety of additional services. They can provide you with basic consultancy services, become a witness in your trial, and more. To learn about all of your options, it’s important to speak directly with your professional CPA. Not all offices offer a full range of services.
What other kinds of litigation support services are available?
Every firm is a little different. Some accounting firms only offer services that directly relate to financial information, while other firms may branch out and offer a wide variety of services that include:
- Stenographic services
- Video depositions, video conferencing, and general recordings
- RealTime reporting
- Electronic transcript creation
- Presentation consulting
- And more
In some cases, you may need to utilize the services from multiple firms, especially if you want to use your personal accountant, but they don’t offer the comprehensive services you need.
What do all those legal and financial terms mean?
Litigation comes with its own unique dictionary of terms, many of which aren’t used in our day-to-day lives. Click here for the definitions of the most commonly used terms.
Can I hire a CPA in lieu of an attorney?
Because many professional CPAs offer litigation support services, many people think they are an alternative to professional legal services. However, this isn’t the case.
Litigation support services cannot act on their own. An accountant can only provide you with comprehensive support in regards to the finances surrounding the trial. They are unable to provide you with strategies or advice regarding the other areas of your case. Litigation support services from a professional CPA are meant to complement the work your attorney is already doing. They cannot be used exclusively at your trial.
How are CPAs able to make predictions about the opposing party?
One of the most effective litigation services offered by professional CPAs is the ability to make predictions about the opposing party. It all starts with the information provided in witness reports, which are available to both sides.
First, the accountant goes in-depth and checks the numbers to make sure they’re accurate. If they aren’t, they may be able to use that information against the other party.
Supporting documents are also closely examined in order to paint a clearer picture of the entire situation.
A CPA can then evaluate various assumptions that may be made by the other team in an effort to discredit those assumptions, which can significantly affect the juror’s opinions, and ultimately, the outcome of the trial.