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Edmond J. Martin
Principal, Chief Investigator
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Texas Certified Investigator (TCI)
Personal vs. Enterprise Goodwill   

The burden of proof for the party claiming separate property, the value of tracing funds that acquired real property assets, and a determination of goodwill are very important elements in family law matters. The husband in this scenario was a successful pediatrician and the wife was a homemaker. During their marriage, the wife inherited a substantial amount of money from her mother's estate. Fortunately, for her, she was the executrix of her mother's will and kept very good records. During their marriage, they purchased several pieces of real property and used separate property funds as well as community property funds.
During the investigation and tracing of the funds used to purchase the properties, the wife provided all of the probate documents and all the bank statements and canceled checks for the separate property account. This enabled the preparation of a perfect tracing of her separate property. She had recognized the importance of maintaining good records of her separate property early on. In Texas, the Family Code requires the party claiming separate property ownership to prove the property was purchased with separate funds and to carry the burden of proof, which is clear and convincing evidence. Otherwise, the property is presumed to be community property. Ultimately, her forensic accountant and expert witness were able to demonstrate and prove to the court that her separate property funds were used to purchase the properties. The court ruled in her favor and she was awarded the real estate since each property was joint ownership.

With respect to the husband's medical practice, the attorney for the wife had the practice valued thinking the value would only be the value of the business assets and personal (professional) goodwill and not the business (enterprise) goodwill. When the forensic accountant examined the practice, it was discovered the physician had four physician's assistants who saw ninety percent of the patients and generated commensurate revenue. The revenue they generated was enterprise goodwill, which increased the business value from $50,000 personal professional goodwill to $500,000 for enterprise goodwill.
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