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* 1. Have you had to lay off employees in 2009?

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* 2. Have you made hiring plans and now have them on hold?

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* 3. Have you actually begun the interviewing process and then put it on hold?

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* 4. Is your workload at a level which, in ordinary circumstances, would warrant hiring?

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* 5. What changes would increase the likelihood that you would move forward with staff hiring?

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* 6. Please rank the practice areas listed below:

  growth area opportunities waning little or no opportunities in 2009
Tax/Estate
Family/Matrimonial
Bankruptcy
Fair value for financial accounting
Business transfer/succession/M&A
Health care
Incentive compensation/stock options/409a/ FAS 123R
Shareholder disputes (particularly litigation)
Forensic services
Other (please specify below)

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* 7. Please offer your comments on the impact of the current economy on the BV profession and your ability to win work, hire talent, etc.

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