Business Valuation and Goodwill in a Divorce

One of the trickiest and complicated issues during a divorce is valuating a business.  One part of valuation is a concept called goodwill.  Goodwill represents the continuing value of a business venture.  Inherent in its value are factors such as the name of the business, location, reputation and the ability of the members of the business.  In other words, goodwill is the intangible part of the business as opposed to the brick and mortar value of the business.  Depending on the business, goodwill can be the most important value of the company.   Also, a business need not be salable to have goodwill or does it need to have physical assets. (more…)

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