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This basic-to-intermediate level seminar will offer a practical understanding of financial records and accounting terms for attorneys. It may also benefit business directors and executives, paralegals, and accountants.

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Build your skills with this practical walkthrough of balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements, so you can quickly evaluate a business's financial story and identify any red flags. (see full course description)

 

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Attorney's Guide to Accounting - Finance / Accounting Training Seminar

Interpret Financial Statements to Gain a Clear Picture of Business Activity

Do you understand basic accounting terms, ratios and statements? Can you apply this knowledge to create a clear understanding of the overall picture? Do you know how to identify red flags in accounting records? Having a firm grasp of accounting terms and being able to interpret the numbers on financial statements is imperative when evaluating a business's value and activity. Build your skills with this practical walkthrough of balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements, so you can quickly evaluate a business's financial story and identify any red flags. Register today!

  • Learn how to read financial statements and interpret them to get the full story on a business's value and activities.
  • Enhance your credibility with financial experts and clients by understanding common accounting terms.
  • Build your understanding of accounting practices and how financial reports are generated.
  • Calculate important financial ratios to analyze business performance.
  • Quickly recognize potential red flags: use financial statements to assess trends, errors and attempts to deceive.


  1. ACCOUNTING TERMINOLOGY AND CONCEPTS
    9:00 - 9:45, Carla R. Meyer
    1. Accounting Terminology 101
    2. The Accounting Cycle
    3. Types of Accounting
    4. Understanding Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP): Strengths and Weaknesses
  2. READING THE BALANCE SHEET
    9:45 - 10:15, Rick L. Alexander
    1. Classification of Assets and Liabilities
    2. How Assets and Liabilities are Valued
    3. Owner's Equity
    4. Capital Formation
    5. Sample Balance Sheet Review
  3. READING THE INCOME STATEMENT
    10:30 - 11:20, Vanessa Mushrim Dutton
    1. Revenues and Expenses: Classification and Recording in the Correct Period
    2. Cost Flows Related to Inventory
    3. Depreciation
    4. Net Income
    5. End-of-Period Adjustments
    6. Sample Income Statement Review
  4. READING THE STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
    11:20 - 12:10, Amber R. Tyler
    1. Operating Activities
    2. Investing Activities
    3. Financing Activities
    4. Sample Statement of Cash Flows Review
  5. ANALYZING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
    1:10 - 2:10, J. Brian Laib
    1. Relationship Between the Different Financial Statements
    2. Preliminary Analysis - What to Look at to Decide Whether it's Worth Digging Deeper
      1. Calculating Ratios and Interpreting the Numbers
      2. Liquidity Analysis
      3. Solvency Analysis
      4. Profitability Analysis
      5. ROI Analysis
      6. Activity Analysis
      7. Quality of Earnings Analysis
      8. Capital Structure
    3. Capital Market
    4. Audited Financial Statements
    5. Footnotes
  6. CATCHING RED FLAGS AND IDENTIFYING FRAUD
    2:25 - 3:30, Brett A. Johnson
    1. Common Fraud Schemes
    2. Red Flags to Look For in Litigation
    3. High-Level Testing to Identify Anomalies
    4. How Much to Rely on Financial Statements
    5. Applying Knowledge in Case Studies
  7. COMPLYING WITH ETHICAL STANDARDS
    3:30 - 4:30, Ryan J. Duffy
    1. Confidentiality
    2. Attorney-Client Privilege
    3. Work Product Doctrine
    4. Protecting Confidentiality, Privilege and Work Product Doctrine When Working with Accountants and Tax Advisors
    5. Conflicts of Interest
    6. Reporting Professional Misconduct
    7. E-Concerns

Seminar Summary:

Build your skills with this practical walkthrough of balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements, so you can quickly evaluate a business's financial story and identify any red flags. (see full course description)

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