CPA CFF Forensic Accountant
First of all, if you feel you should meet with a CPA CFF Forensic Accountant, call one to discuss it. A CFF is a CPA who has taken the time and energy, and developed significant experience to extend their skills to forensic accounting. The CFF credential is offered only to CPA licensees, and is offered by the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants). A CPA CFF applies forensic accounting skills to litigation support, analysis of financial information, financial forensics, valuation of loss or damages, and investigation of suspected fraud, embezzlement, and misappropriation of assets. These skills come into play most often in legal issues or cases. Unfortunately, fraud, embezzlement, and misappropriation occur more often than one would expect in all types of businesses and enterprises. Most of all, if you, your company, or your legal counsel experience or suspect these kinds of issues, start with a call.
It is important to note that CPA licensees come with different backgrounds, experiences, and accreditation. Thus, CPA licensees have different strengths and weaknesses. Believe it or not, some CPAs have no notable formal finance education, and some CPAs are not the best accountants. Any CPA should be able to provide you quick guidance as to who can help you. The last thing a CPA should do is talk you into needing their services. The conversation should be more of a quick discussion to see if additional steps with a CPA CFF Forensic Accountant are even warranted. Additionally, a CPA should offer you information about their particular skills and area of focus. It should not be like pulling teeth. You should also feel free to ask about the status of their license(s) and accreditation(s). It is also proper to ask about any complaints the CPA has had with the state.