When you’re in need of a forensic accountant, it’s important that you choose the right accountant that has the skills and knowledge to handle your case. Forensic accounting cases can be very complex and so it is essential to find a forensic accountant that can hit the ground running.
To help you find the right accountant, we have pulled together five questions that you may want to ask a potential forensic accountant before hiring them.
What skills do you have that relate to my situation?
One of the most important things is to make sure that your forensic accountant has the right skills for the job. Different forensic accountants will have varying skills and not all of them may be appropriate for your specific situation.
Don’t be afraid to be upfront with them and ask for a list of their skills that they think would benefit your case.
How long have you been a forensic accountant and what qualifications do you have?
Experience is everything and a larger range of experience can be key to a strong forensic accounting case. Ask your potential account about their previous work history and qualifications.
You can then take this information and do some research on your own, to find out more about the accountant and check their credentials before hiring them.
Can you offer any examples of similar cases you have worked on?
When hiring any business or professional, it is always best practice to look at their case studies, to get a better idea of the work they have completed previously. This can help you see what experience they have relating to your case, how the case played out and what results you can expect from them.
You can ask for hard copies of these, however, many companies will now offer these case studies either through their website or through downloadable documents. Simply ask for their case studies over an email or the phone and they should be able to digitally send them over for you.
Do you have any references?
Ask for references from previous clients, this means you can get a real world review of the forensic accountant and their services. They may not always be able to give you references, particularly if the case is a sensitive one, but you can always ask on social media or through Google reviews.
What information will you need from me and how will you use it?
Make sure you’re both on the same page as to what is expected from them and you. Find out what they will need from you going forward and how this information will be used in your case.
You have a right to know why you are providing certain information and how this will affect the outcome of your case.
To find out about how Alexander can help you find the right forensic accountant for you, get in touch with us today or take a look at our very own forensic accountant services.