J. Richard Claywell

J. Richard Claywell has valued in excess of 1,000 businesses.

Since 1985 J. Richard Claywell has built a reputation for integrity and for providing key solutions for clients in the legal and business communities.

Business valuation related services to assist business owners

Estate & Gift Tax
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Valuations for Financial Reporting
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Valuations for Corporate Tax Planning
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Profit Enhancement
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Exit Planning / Succession & Shareholder Planning
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Buy-Sell Agreements

Family Limited Partnerships

Goodwill – Business versus Personal

Intellectual Property

Merger & Acquisitions Disputes

Litigation Support / Forensic Accounting Services

Economic Damages
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Fraud & Embezzlement / White Collar Crime
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Shareholder Disputes
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Rebuttal Reports
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Business Interruption

Divorce – Personal or Business

Wrongful Termination


“Thanks for the hard work you performed on a very difficult case. There were many obstacles that you had to overcome to dig down to the truth, but your persistence revealed the real cause of the damages. At trial, you managed to keep it simple, which I truly believe is what saved the day.”

— Paul J. Goldenberg, Attorney

“Mr. Claywell’s demeanor was one of a scholarly and careful professional able to explain a complicated subject and reams of data to ordinary people in an understandable fashion. Mr. Claywell’s testimony was the best I heard in at least ten years.”

— John H. Bennett Jr., Attorney

“He is very organized and thorough in his approach which makes working with his firm a pleasure…We are pleased to report that our estate return was accepted without question by the Internal Revenue Services.”

— Johnna McNeal, CPA

“In the field of business valuation, Richard was able to provide my client with straightforward explanations of the methodologies and practices that, based upon sufficient relevant data, lead to opinions that can assist a jury in rendering a verdict.

I found Richard to be meticulous and thorough in his preparation. He handled himself well providing testimony in deposition as well as in open court, even in the face of a team of opposing attorneys.”

— Donald L. Turbyfill, Attorney

“Mr. Claywell and his staff are the best I have ever seen in the ‘all things considered’ department…The Claywell Engagement painstakingly sought ‘all considerations’ in the fieldwork phase…This gave my client great confidence that the valuation could be relied upon for its intended purpose.”

— Ronald M. Sledge, CPA, CFP

“Your ability to quickly grasp the ownership flow of the many embedded entities within the estate helped to save valuable time in the preparation of so many reports. I sincerely appreciate the extra ‘after hours’ effort that you and your staff put in to see that all 11 of the business valuations reports were ready in time for us to meet our filing deadline.”

— Tudor G. Uhlhorn, Independent Executor

“The IRS estate tax agent was extremely complimentary of the appraisal report that you produced in this Estate. He further indicated that….your report was the best he had seen.”

— Brent R. Caldwell, Attorney

“The Estate’s attorney is a professor with the University of Colorado and he says yours [appraisal report] is the most thorough and best appraisal he has ever seen.”

— Robert Purnell, CPA

“A part of this estate consisted of ownership in eighteen western songs…Mr. Claywell did his homework…Based upon the information as a result of his investigation a figure was derived as to the value of the songs. This report and its contents were made part of our tax return and to date the report is full accepted by the Internal Revenue…His work is very professional.”

— George D. Martin, Attorney

“A recent filing of an estate tax return…was accepted without change in which you had done an appraisal report involving a family limited partnership…I personally felt that the IRS in reviewing the appraisal report came to the conclusion that your report had been thoroughly and objectively presented and the number properly determined. Case Closed.”

— Eugene Hovey, CPA

“Your commitment to excellence and dedication to the Engineering CPE provided valuable industry insight to our program.”

— Howard A. Lewis, IRS Engineering

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