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Litigation Services and Applicable Professional Standards - Consulting Services Special Report 03-1

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CPAs are involved in a wide variety of engagements in the litigation services area including calculation of economic damages, valuations, fraud prevention, detection and investigation, tax analyses, bankruptcy analyses, attestation services. In connection with this work, CPAs can serve in many roles such as consultants, experts, triers of fact, special masters, mediators, arbitrators and others.

To be an effective litigation services practitioner, whether it's full-time or part-time, it's critical that the CPA knows, understands and complies with the applicable standards, rules and laws. AICPA's Consulting Services Special Report 03-1, Litigation Services and Applicable Professional Standards, provides guidance to achieve these objectives. This Special Report supercedes Consulting Services Special Report 93-1, Application of AICPA Professional Standards in the Performance of Litigation Services.

CPAs need to understand and adhere to the relevant sections of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, including Sections 101, 102, 201, 202, 203 and 301. Additionally. CPAs need to comply with the Statement on Standards for Consulting Services No. 1, and in certain cases, with Statements on Auditing Standards, Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements, and Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services. Litigation Services and Applicable Professional Standards Special Report 03-1 provides guidance in all these areas and includes sections addressing conflicts of interest, work paper form and content, and reporting.

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