Penalty-Free Distributions from Retirement Plans Before Age 59 1/2: A Window of Opportunity

This is the first in a multi-part series by Christopher M. Moore It’s an all-too familiar scene. The parties are nearing the end of their dissolution proceeding. The case is settled and the assets are ready to be divided, but there is little cash. The cost of setting up two households in place of one and the payment of spousal support have created a chronic cash shortage. Unpaid bills have accumulated. One spouse needs a new home, another must buy a new car to replace the 1970 gas-guzzler that finally gave up the ghost. Attorneys’ fees and costs must be paid. […]

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the phantom returns

What is Forensic Accounting?

Forensic, according to the Webster’s Dictionary, means “belonging to, used in or suitable to courts of judicature or to public discussion and debate” “pertaining to or employed in legal proceedings or argumentation.” Accounting, as defined by The Random House Dictionary, is “the system of organizing, maintaining … the financial records of a company or an individual.” Forensic Accounting, then, is the practice of accounting in support of litigation. A Forensic Accountant provides an accounting analysis suitable to the court that will form the basis for discussion, debate and ultimately judicial decision. A Forensic Accountant utilizes specialized accounting skills to conduct an investigation into the actual earnings and […]

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