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David Ostrove, CPA, JD
Attorney-CPA
499 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills CA 90210
USA
phone: 323-939-3400
fax: 323-939-3500
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David Ostrove Estate Tax Law Expert PhotoDavid Ostrove, CPA, JD, Mr. Ostrove is a certified specialist in Taxation Law, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California since 1975. He is also a California Certified Public Accountant since 1957 and a California Lawyer since 1960.

Mr. Ostrove is a Professor of Law and Accounting at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He is a Past President of the American Association of Attorneys-Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.

Mr. Ostrove has authored numerous books on topics within his field of expertise including, "Advanced Corporate Tax Problems"; "Fiduciary Accounting For Estates And Trusts"; "Forensic Accounting" (2 Volumes); "California Community Property - What The CPA must Know"; "Analyzing Financial Statements After Enron - What The Lawyer Must Know"; and "Accounting and Auditing For Trusts & Estates (DVD)." He is a lecturer for the California CPA Foundation, California Continuing Education Of The Bar (CEB), and the Arizona CPA Society.

David Ostrove has been providing litigation support for 35 years. He has testified in numerous cases in both State and Federal Courts. Mr. Ostrove has been employed by lawyers representing defendants and plaintiffs. He offers expert witness testimony in cases involving Legal and Accountant Malpractice, Business Valuations, Tax Accounting Issues, and Economic Damages. He carefully analyzes the facts, law, and accounting principles and presents supportable, timely, clear opinions.

Mr. Ostrove has been given legal authority to act as a Special Master. His services are also available for Mediation and Arbitration.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duties
  • Trustee and Executor Negligence
  • Accounting Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Probate and Trust Issues
  • Business Valuation
  • Economic Damages
  • Forensic Accounting Fraud
  • Analysis of Financial Statements
  • Lost Profits Calculation
  • Breach of Contract
  • Tax Matters - Gift, Estate, Income
  • Reasonable Value of Services
  • Tax Litigation Services
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bad Faith
  • Insurance - Professional Liability
  • IRS Matters
  • Auditor Negligence
  • Tax Preparer Negligence
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    David Ostrove
    The definitive Fiduciary Accounting Seminar. Designed for CPAs, attorneys, trust officers, estate administrators, attorneys who serve as trustees, executors, administrators, conservators and guardians. Interactive DVD
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    Gary Freedman-Harvey, PhD
    Licensed Psychologist
    311 Main St., Suite 9
    Seal Beach CA 90740
    USA
    phone: 562-209-4399
    fax: 562-391-1867
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    Dr. Gary Freedman-Harvey, PhD, is a licensed Psychologist with over 22 years of experience. He specializes in the areas of Geriatrics (Geropsychology), Elder Abuse Assessment, Mental Capacity Assessment, Undue Influence, and Forensic Evaluations. With geriatric psychology as his primary focus for the past 12 years, he has conducted over 1,000 assessments. Dr. Freedman-Harvey offers services to probate attorneys, trust litigation attorneys, County Counsel, District Attorneys, and Public Defenders. He has provided Expert witness testimony and written reports for probate conservatorships in Superior Courts of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties.

    Expert Services Include:
    • Psychological Evaluations for Mental Capacity and Suspicion of Undue Influence Related to Contested Estates, Wills and Trusts
    • Determinations of Grave Disability Due to a Mental Disorder
    • Evaluation of Disability
    • Issues of Chronic Illness
    • Issues of Quality of Life
    • Issues of Least Restrictive Care
    Expert Witness Testimony / Forensic Settings
    • Expert witness testimony for retrospective psychological evaluation and opinions related to civil suits, mental capacity to amend a trust, to enter into a contract, testamentary capacity, and suspicion of undue influence
    • Expert witness testimony provided for Writs of Habeas Corpus hearings requested by involuntary psychiatric patients
    • Expert witness testimony provided for mental health conservatorships in Superior Court - 500+ appearances
    • Sworn declarations regarding mental capacity and capacity to make informed medical consent, quality of care issues for elderly, and the need for conservatorship
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    Michael J. Garibaldi, CPA, ABV, CFF, CGMA
    990 Stewart Avenue-Fifth Floor
    Garden City NY 11530
    USA
    phone: 516-288-7400 (Office) or 516-428-1589 (Cell)
    fax: 516-288-7410
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    Michael GaribaldiOne of the industry's leading law firm services experts, Michael J. Garibaldi, CPA, ABV, CFF, CGMA, has a strong background providing efficient and affordable solutions to the many complex issues facing the legal profession today.

    A Certified Public Accountant licensed by the State of New York, Mr. Garibaldi is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is recognized as a Chartered Global Management Accountant by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

    Mr. Garibaldi works closely with law firms and other professional service firms, manufacturing, wholesale/retail, medical, technology, restaurant/hospitality, artists and galleries, construction, and real estate clients where he is responsible for providing accounting, tax planning management consulting services, and financial reporting.

    Mr. Garibaldi provides valuation and litigation support services, assisting attorneys and their clients with the financial aspects of a case throughout the litigation process, from contemplation of action through expert witness testimony. He brings an in-depth understanding of the business and technical aspects of valuation, finance and accounting that is required in complex litigation and arbitration cases.

    Mr. Garibaldi qualifies as an expert in valuation matters in the Supreme Courts of New York, Nassau, Suffolk, Kings, Richmond, Monmouth, Orange, and Westchester Counties, and has been called upon by the courts to serve as a neutral Expert. As an instructor of the AICPA Certificate of Educational Achievement Program in Business Valuation, Mr. Garibaldi teaches his specialty to other professionals.

    Michael Garibaldi is a Candidate Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), Member of the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the AICPA and the NYSSCPA. He is a past President and former member of the Board of Directors of the NYSSCPA Nassau Chapter, and has held a variety of positions on the Litigation Support Committee of the Nassau County and State Chapters of the NYSSCPA. Mr. Garibaldi has also held a number of positions on other committees and sub-committees within these organizations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Auditing
    • Bankruptcy
    • Business
    • Business Law
    • Business Valuation
    • Lost Profits
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Finance
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Fraud Investigation, Embezzlement
  • Personal Property Valuation
  • Real Estate Valuation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • White Collar Crime
  • Dissolutions
  • Wrongful Death, Termination
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    10/6/2017 · Accounting
    When a client voiced strong suspicions that her soon-to-be ex-husband was hiding assets, her attorney investigated the claim but found nothing amiss. However, he hired a forensic accounting expert to help ensure his client would receive an equitable share of the marital estate. The expert turned up a trunkload of hidden treasure - undeclared cash income and property "stashed" under the names of the husband's mother and siblings.

    6/15/2016 · Accounting
    Goodwill can be a significant asset for a professional practice. It may include both "personal" goodwill that's attributable to individual owners and "business" goodwill that can be transferred to third parties. When accountants and other types of professionals divorce, the amount of goodwill to include in the marital estate can become contentious (and may vary depending on state law). If expert testimony on the issue is inadequate, a court might look elsewhere for help, as it did in a recent Texas divorce case, Hill v. Hill.

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    Elliott M. Stein, MD
    Chief of Psychiatry
    302 Silver Ave.
    San Francisco CA 94112
    USA
    phone: 415-672-9352
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    Elliott M. Stein, MD is a Geriatric Psychiatrist with over 40 years of experience caring for the elderly. Dr. Stein is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry (October, 1979), and in Geriatric Psychiatry (April, 1991; Re-Certified, December, 2001, and in April, 2011). He is licensed to practice in California and Florida.

    Dr. Stein is currently the Director of Psychiatry at the Jewish Home of San Francisco, and the Medical Director of their Geriatric Psychiatry Hospital. He treats older individuals from all over the San Francisco Bay area, typically people who have complex combination of psychiatric and medical problems.

    Dr. Stein is a Member of the Task Force on Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence, for the International PsychoGeriatric Association. He is available to serve as an Expert Witness, do legal and forensic consultation, record review, and assessments concerning Psychiatric issues in older individuals. Dr. Stein offers his services to attorneys for both Plaintiff or Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Contested Wills and Trusts
    • Testamentary Capacity, Undue Influence, Insane Delusions
    • Geriatric Competence
    • Dementia and Delirium, Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Geriatric Psychiatry Evaluation and Treatment, Psychiatric Medication, Psychotherapeutic Issues
    • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
    • Relationship Problems between the Elderly and their Adult Children
    • Aging and Mental Disorders
    • Geriatric Psychiatry issues concerning Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Independent and Assisted Living Facilities
    • Medicare Psychiatric Services Coding and Documentation
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    Fiduciary Consultant
    450 Wood Avenue, #2A
    Bainbridge Island WA 98110
    USA
    phone: 206-780-0899
    fax: 206-780-0903
    David G. Mackenzie is a Fiduciary Consultant who limits his consulting practice to providing expert witness testimony in Trust & Estate Litigation Cases. He has represented either trust beneficiaries or trustees who are either plaintiffs or defendants.

    Mr. Mackenzie's area of specialty is in the field of Trust & Estate Administrative Practices and Procedures. He has 48 years of fiduciary experience including a 32 year career for a major Bank Trust Department. During his last five years of his banking career he was its Chief Fiduciary Officer responsible for policy, procedures and complex trust administration issues. For the past 15 years he has consulted for a number of bank trust departments and trust beneficiaries in various states. He has testified in a number of states on proper trust administration and is a very effective Expert Witness on the stand.
    9/9/2009 · Securities
    The Prudent Investor Act introduced new standards for investment performance. It de-emphasizes the importance of accounting income and instead measures a trustee's performance in terms of total return (income plus growth) to the trust portfolio.

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    2418 Teaberry Glen
    Escondido CA 92027
    USA
    phone: 858-395-8694
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    Charles L. Stanley CFP, ChFC, AIF, has over 25 years of experience as a Financial Advisor. A partner in WorthPointe, LLC, a Wealth Management firm with offices in San Diego, CA and Austin, TX, he provides investment advisory services to private clients, many of whom are Trustees and fiduciaries under the Uniform Prudent Investor Act.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Stanley has been providing expert witness and consulting services in cases relating to the Uniform Prudent Investor Act since 1998. As an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, he has received special training in prudent fiduciary practices.

    Mr. Stanley applies over 25 years of experience as an Investment Advisor to trustees on behalf of attorneys who require clear, concise opinions on disputes between trustees and beneficiaries regarding the investment and management of trust assets as required under the Uniform Prudent Investor Act. His areas of expertise include Estates, Financial Matters, and Securities.

    Specialty Focus:
    • Uniform Prudent Investor Act
    • Prudent Investor Rule
    • Fiduciary Practices
    • Trust Investing
  • Trust & Estates Litigation
  • Fiduciary Duty / Fiduciary Practices
  • Lack of Diversification
  • Partial Treatment of Beneficiaries
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