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A. Neuman Associates Inc.

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need a Consultant or an Expert?
What is your Philosophy?
When Should I Contact you?
What is the Potential Scope of ANA's Role?
Do you Provide Expert Testimony?


Do I need a Consultant or an Expert?

The litigation consultant may be an advocate. However, the role of an expert demands independence and objectivity. A consultant is typically advising you behind the scenes. However, an expert may provide you with independent advise, but remains able to be called to give Expert Testimony in court. 

Your circumstances will dictate your needs and this should be ascertained during your initial consultation.

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Our Philosophy

  • Present the client with realistic goals and implement strategies for meeting them;
  • Remain independent and objective;
  • Maintain confidentiality;
  • Anticipate our clients' needs and facilitate their involvement;
  • Be cost effective; and
  • Achieve the best possible result.
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When You Should Contact Us

A. Neuman Associates is ready to be part of your team as a consultant, expert, negotiator, or mediator of the financial component of a potentially adversarial situation that may demand that you protect your interests.

There is a benefit to you in involving us at an early phase in your dispute. In many cases, our early involvement may result in the following benefits:

  • The possibilities of the options available are less likely to be limited;
  • Prevent a further loss;
  • Identify possible avenues of recovery, before certain doors may close;
  • The availability and accessibility of information is less likely to be compromised;
  • The inconvenience to the client is likely to be reduced; and
  • The cost of preparing an analysis and report is likely to be reduced when the assignment can be conducted over a reasonable timeline.

We offer free initial consultation to review your case and to advise you of the best possible action plan.

After the initial consultation you may require a preliminary assessment, investigation, reconstruction, interpretation and quantification of financial matters. However, the first step is for you to contact one of our associates at 416-223-5991.

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What is the Potential Scope of ANA's Role?

ANA is ready to be part of your team as a consultant, expert, negotiator, or mediator of the financial component of a potentially adversarial situation which demand that you protect your interests. 

After the initial consultation you may require a preliminary assessment, investigation, reconstruction, interpretation and quantification of financial matters.

For example, our involvement in a Commercial Dispute may include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Meeting with counsel to discuss the case facts and other issues surrounding the claim;
  • Meeting with in-house counsel to discuss the case, to identify relevant parties and to identify relevant information in the client's possession that can be accessed;
  • Meetings with the client's personnel to obtain information;
  • Contact relevant parties;
  • Obtain relevant industry statistics;
  • Obtain other relevant third party information;
  • Assist counsel in preparing a list of financial and other information relevant to the claim, to be requested from the client and other parties;
  • Reconstruct records;
  • File management;
  • Assist counsel with respect to financial issues in preparation for Examinations for Discovery;
  • Prepare a memorandum containing our preliminary comments with respect to the claim;
  • Review the responses to undertakings;
  • Request further information from the Plaintiffs and/or Defendant;
  • Critique the opposing forensic accounting expertís report;
  • Preparation of our report presenting the quantification of damages with consideration to identified issues and contributory factors to the alleged Loss of Profits;
  • Assist client and counsel in settlement negotiations;
  • Assist counsel with regards to identification of financial issues for court including the preparation of questions for the opposing forensic accounting expert; and
  • Provide expert testimony in the event the claim proceeds to court.

In addition, we will endeavor to assist you with respect to other matters as they may arise within our area of expertise. 

Our involvement in a Criminal Matter, Family Law Matter, Insurance Claim, Personal Injury Case, Expropriation Matter etc. would be tailored to the specific circumstances.   Please feel free to call us to discuss in more detail our involvement in such matters.

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Do we provide an Expert Testimony?

We bring you over twenty years of experience in this field of investigative and forensic accounting. Our people acquired forensic training and experience in Big 5 accounting firms, prominent business schools, and law enforcement.

Andrew Neuman, B. Comm., CFE, CVA, CA•IFA, the senior member of the firm, is a recognized specialist by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) in the field of Investigative and Forensic Accounting (IFA). Mr. Neuman is also a member of CICA IFA Interest Group since 1998, has chaired the IFA specialists committee, which oversees the accreditation interview process for IFA's, and will be Co-Chairing the CICA Investigative and Forensic Accounting Conference this year.

Over the years Mr. Neuman has authored articles, chaired conferences, lectured before numerous business and legal associations including the Canadian Bar Association and have been interviewed by media including radio, television and periodicals, on various investigative and forensic accounting issues.

Of specific importance, Mr. Neuman has also been qualified as an expert witness on numerous occasions with respect to accounting and business related matters before the Ontario courts (including before a jury), arbitration and mediation hearings including mediation processes sponsored by the Ontario Courts.

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