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What Next? Family Law Under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act


Last year, family lawyers learned about major changes in federal tax law, such as the repeal of the alimony tax deduction. But the TCJA has affected family law in many other ways, particularly for divorcing business owners and professionals. What is the next step in adapting our family law practices to the new tax environment? Family lawyer Brian Vertz and forensic accountant Marc Bello will talk about the impact of TCJA on individuals, corporations, passthrough entities, and business valuation in this new webinar - a follow-up to last year's popular tax webinar.


Brian C. Vertz is a partner of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC, a Pittsburgh law firm dedicated to family law litigation, settlement, and appeals. Brian's practice embraces complex financial issues in divorce, marital property, child support, custody and agreements. He has an MBA degree and business valuation credentials. Brian is the author of Frumkes & Vertz on Divorce Taxation (2018), a reference book used by family lawyers throughout the United States. Brian was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2003, and serves as President of the Pennsylvania chapter. Nationally, he is a leader of two AAML committees - Amicus and Practice & Technology - and active in many others. Brian is a Director of the AAML Foundation, a charitable organization helping children and families. Brian has been recognized as Pennsylvania's 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" for family law (Best Lawyers in America) and one of the "Top 50 - Pittsburgh" (Super Lawyers). Brian is a member of the PBA Family Law Section Council, and he is recently published in the ABA's Family Advocate magazine. Brian has been writing and speaking for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute for more than 25 years, and is the course planner for the annual Family Law Update series.

Marc is a nationally recognized expert in business valuation and forensic accounting. He has appeared as an expert witness in the United States Tax Court as well as Massachusetts Superior Courts and Probate Courts. Attorneys seek Marc's expertise in the area of litigation support, serving as an expert witness in the areas of business valuation, forensic accounting, lost profits, business interruption, economic damages and taxation. Marc is highly valued because of his ability to present and explain in a clear and compelling manner the often complex facts involved in high stakes disputes.

Marc regularly provides business valuations in the context of marital dissolution, shareholder and partner disputes, financial reporting, gift and estate planning, business planning and decision-making.

Divorce situations often present an array of sensitive financial matters. Marc has extensive experience with complex compensation issues in divorce, such as stock options, restricted stock, phantom stock plans, double dip factors, determining annual income and he assist attorneys with calculating support order's . His forensic accounting experience includes finding and identifying hidden income and assets that can be pivotal to divorce resolutions.

Marc has proven to be a valuable asset to Business owners. He works closely with them to provide advice on potential exit strategies, identifying value added drivers, and setting up stock based compensation plans. When it comes to gift and estate planning, Marc works with the clients to develop a comprehensive plan of which a business valuation is just one component.


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