Estate Planning
Business Appraisals

Appraisals play an important 
role in your estate tax strategy.  

Business Appraisal and Your Estate Plan

Business valuations of privately held businesses interests are essential for estate planning, gifting, estate settlement and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reporting of estate or gift transactions.

The goal of estate tax planning is to provide liquidity and continuity of the business. Throughout the process it is essential to document the market value of the assets. While this is fairly straight forward to marketable or publicly traded securities, a thorough and well documented analysis is required for illiquid or closely held assets.

The following are examples of the type of entities, interests and situations where a business appraisal may be needed:


  • FLP’s
  • GRAT’s
  • Trusts and LLCs
  • Probate
  • Other


Family limited partnerships (FLPs), limited liability companies (LLCs), and other types of entities have been a popular estate planning tool for years. Aside from the business purposes of such entities, such as centralized management and protection of assets from creditor claims, they also may offer tax advantages through valuation discounts. The most common discounts applied are for a Discount for Lack of Control (“DLOC”) and Discount for Lack of Marketability (“DLOM”). Because these discounts have such a large impact on overall valuation (often ranging from 20% to 40% of the overall value), a proper and well documented valuation report is critical in order to bear scrutiny. Read more regarding control factors we consider here.

Our Work

Quantive works with estate planning attorneys, wealth advisors, CPA’s and other estate planning professionals in order to help achieve their client’s goals. Our valuations are guided by sound theory and appropriate precedent rulings such as IRS Revenue Ruling 59-60. In addition our reports comply with the professional standards as promulgated by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA).

Business Valuation Purposes


Quantive performs business valuations in support of buy-sell agreements, to include buy-ins and -outs, as well as shareholder disputes.


We perform business valuations in support of divorce proceedings, working either jointly retained or on behalf of one spouse.


Smart entrepreneurs routinely retain Quantive to understand price early and gain a roadmap for impending price negotiations.


We provide litigation support for shareholder disputes, lost profits, shareholder oppression, commercial litigation, and various other reasons.


We perform valuations in support of various gifting strategies, as well as in support of probate requirements.


Quantive is qualified to perform valuations in support of SBA financing. Our reports are compliant with all SBA SOP’s.


Quantive values companies for a variety of reasons related to insurance to include establishing values for funding buy-sell agreements.


We perform valuations for business planning, gap analysis, lost profits and damages, and a variety of other reasons.