The Virtual Committee on Business Valuation's


A primary objective of the Virtual Committee is to provide continuing legal education programs on business valuation over the Internet. Current technology available to us allows us to communicate using the World Wide Web, E-mail and the ABA-PTL listserv. The Committee's web page now provides valuable written summaries of recent developments in business valuation. The Internet is an exciting resource for attorneys, with accelerating potential.

Web-based seminars with live audio and video are close to becoming a reality. In the interim, and as a prelude to when the Committee's web page will have CLE audio broadcasts directly over the Internet to the user's sound card, we have established an audio tape lending program. A collection of seminars on audio tape from leading experts in the field of business valuation and estate planning is being compiled. These audio tapes are now available for Section members to borrow. The library also contains some print volumes.


Who May Participate

Any active member of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law section of the American Bar Association may borrow tapes.


How the Program Works

All tapes are being stored at a central location in the suburban Chicago home of the program's volunteer administrator. A list of the library's tapes (and whether they are out on loan) is posted below. If you would like to "check out" an audio tape, simply E-mail the program administrator with the request. Include your name, address, phone number, E-mail address, and, if your name is not listed in the current Section directory, your ABA number.

You will receive confirmation by E-mail and the audio tapes will be mailed to you via U.S. mail. After listening to the tapes, send an E-mail to the program administrator for mailing instructions to return the tape. You will mail the tape either to the "library"(administrator's home) or to the next attorney who requests to borrow the tape. Please try to pass the tape along or return it after two weeks.


Donations Of Used Audio Tapes Gratefully Accepted

If you have current CLE audio tapes or other materials on a business planning or valuation topic that you are willing to contribute to the Lending Library, please let us know. E-mail Michael Overmann ( or write to him at the address below.


Volunteer Program Administrator

Michael Overmann is the lending program administrator. He was admitted to practice law (Illinois) in 1995. Michael currently works in the personal trust department of The Northern Trust Company in Chicago. All correspondence should be directed to his home address:

Michael Overmann
548 Prairie Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

All requests for tapes should be sent to his office E-mail address: OR


Reviews and Recommendations

We encourage you to submit a brief review of materials that you borrow from the Library. Your comments and recommendations will be added to the description of the item here on our Web site, and will help others evaluate whether the material suits their needs. Submission by email to Michael Overmann ( with copy to Andy DeMaio ( is preferred. However, written reviews may also be submitted with the materials when they are returned.


What We Have

The table below lists the materials currently held in the Virtual Committee's Lending Library. Click on the Title for a more detailed description of the item.


Title Author/Speaker Date Type Status
1996 U.S. Trust Practical Drafting Workshop Richard B. Covey, Esq. March, 1996 Audiotape Available
The Art of Making Uncle Sam Your Assignee Instead of Your Senior Partner: The Use of Family Partnerships in Estate Planning S. Stacy Eastland, Esq. May, 1996 Audiotape Available
Law Office Without Walls ABA RPPTL Section 1987 Book Available


Copyright Notice

These audio tapes are being loaned solely for the purpose of listening to them, and other materials for your reading them, and not to make copies in violation of any applicable copyright restrictions or U.S. Copyright law.