ATTORNEY'S LETTER Definition

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ATTORNEY'S LETTER is signed by the client's lawyer and addressed to the auditor It is the auditor's primary means to corroborate information furnished by management about litigation, claims, and assessments.

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CONTRIBUTED ASSETS are those assets, including real property assets, that are owned, leased or licensed by the contributing entity. Such contributions are normally associated with the contributing entity receiving equity interest (in a commercial exchange) or tax relief (in a charitable donation) in recognition of the value for those contributed assets.

MANDATORY TRANSFERS are transfers from the current (operating) fund group to other fund groups arising out of binding legal agreements related to the financing, e.g., in education: debt retirement, interest, and grant agreements with federal agencies and other organizations to match gifts and grants. Whereas non-mandatory transfers would be transfers from the current (operating) fund group to other fund groups made at the discretion of management to serve various objectives, e.g., additions to loan funds, endowment funds, plant additions, and voluntary renewal and replacement of plant.

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