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Chapter 21 : Business Aspects

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Abstract:

It is often advantageous for a forensic microbiologist to form a corporation. The modest cost of incorporation is usually offset by the benefits of protecting corporate assets. There are often tax benefits in that related expenditures such as office equipment and supplies or other services may be used to minimize tax on income derived from expert activities. Insurance companies that routinely write liability insurance for attorneys have stated that they never write such policies for expert witnesses. It is extremely important to have a contractual agreement with the client-attorney before commencing with the case. The author illustrates an extensive consulting agreement he has always used and which clearly sets forth the terms of the proposed consultation. The agreement includes business aspects such as retention, services to be performed, confidentiality, dispute resolution, fees, and billing details.

Citation: Ellner P. 2006. Business Aspects, p 131-139. In The Biomedical Scientist as Expert Witness. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555816520.ch21

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