• “They understand what is driving business results. Our relationship with them has been a total win-win!”
  • “Lear & Pannepacker, LLP is just the best company I have ever hired!  Never have I experienced any professional services firm “learn” my business more quickly and effectively.”
  • “I am convinced if Eric Lear was aboard the Titanic, the ship would have missed the iceberg completely and would have made it to port.”
  • “They provide peace of mind by competently handling your finances, allowing you to concentrate on expanding your business; it’s a perfect partnership.”
  • “Eric, Scot and all of the employees of Lear & Pannepacker, LLP have always provided excellent accounting services in a prompt and professional manner.”
  • “Lear & Pannepacker, LLP has been our auditor for over ten years. The first year they performed our audit they offered suggestions on how to improve our internal controls that were easily implemented. Unlike many, I rather look forward to our annual audit.”
  • “We have worked with other auditors, but have not found another firm to be nearly as professional, reliable, and trustworthy as Lear & Pannepacker, LLP!”
  • “Our extended family has used Lear and Pannepacker for accounting and tax services for about two decades. They have always been responsive, helpful, thoughtful and fun to work with.”
  • “As our company has grown, Lear & Pannepacker, LLP has helped us to improve our financial and accounting systems and reporting. Hiring L&P has been a great investment for us!”
  • “The entire firm, from the partners to the staff accountants to the administrative personnel, works as a team and go out of their way to help.”
  • “Our account manager, Steve, exemplifies the hard work, reliability, efficiency, and integrity that are the hallmarks of this firm.”
  • “Lear & Pannepacker, LLP has performed numerous business valuations for us, and I have come to depend on them for complete, accurate and timely results. I would recommend them without hesitation!”
  • “I am delighted to say that Lear & Pannepacker, LLP was initially retained pro-bono, as they had gifted us their accounting services to get us started as a non-profit. The service we received was stellar: prompt turnaround, accurate work, forward-thinking!”
  • “I have worked one-on-one with L&P’s team of professionals and together we have been very successful in meeting our mutual clients’ needs and goals. I trust the firm implicitly!”
  • “We have been clients of Lear & Pannepacker, LLP since 1984, and this accounting firm has been a great liaison, dealing with all levels of the tax code, various auditors, and related matters.”
  • “When you’re looking for accountants who not only know their jobs but really care and are genuinely trying to help, they are the people to go to!”
  • “Lear & Pannepacker, LLP is a perfect match for new high tech start-up businesses because they understand the special needs of small companies.”
  • “Lear and Pannepacker, LLP is one of the most competent, responsive, and professional firms in New Jersey!”
  • “L&P truly have their client’s best interests at heart and are 100% invested in their clients’ success. We consider them part of our “family” for the last twenty eight years!”

Forensic and Valuation

Our business valuation and forensic accounting group helps clients whether it is “the best of times” or “the worst of times”. From business sale or succession, buy-sell planning, estate and gifting matters to defending (or initiating) litigation, matrimonial matters or tax audits, our experienced team can provide skilled guidance to help you make decisions and move forward. Our services can range from a limited scope general consultation to comprehensive written reports to providing expert testimony before a judge or jury. We have successfully assisted our clients with the following services:

  • Business Planning 
    • Agreed-upon procedures
    • Buy-Sell: Formulas and Point-in-Time Valuations
    • Forensic Analysis, including Employee Theft and Underreported Revenues
    • Non-Cash Employee Compensation
    • Phantom Stock Agreements
    • Shareholder Litigation
    • Strategic Planning and Synergistic Buyer Analysis
  • Damages and Losses 
    • Breach of Contract Matters
    • Economic Damage Claims
    • Loss of Compensation or Future Wages
  • Estate Planning 
    • Business Valuations for Estate or Gift Tax Returns
    • Discounts and Premiums for Family Limited Partnership Assets/Interests
  • Matrimonial Planning 
    • Asset Identification and Tracing for Case Information Statements
    • Forensic Analysis of Spousal Income
    • Marital Standard of Living Analysis
    • Matrimonial Valuations, including Pre-Marital Asset Values
    • Post-Judgment Proceedings, including Alimony Reduction Requests
    • Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Mergers and Acquisitions 
    • Acquisition of Small to Mid-Sized Businesses
    • Industry Research
    • Sale and Succession Planning
    • Shareholder Redemption Plans
    • Value Driver Analysis: Identify Business Improvement Goals To Improve Salability
  • Valuation Reports 
    • Calculation Engagement
    • Conclusion of Value – Detailed Report
    • Conclusion of Value – Summary Report
    • Limited Scope Valuation