Two accounting firms, Mueller Yuva & Osterman and Larson and Associates, have merged to combine their strengths in auditing, estate planning and other services.

The combined firm will be known as Mueller Larson Osterman Yuva Whitted. The two firms had operated separately from the same address and will continue to work from their current offices. The firm will include five partners, Charles Yuva, Jim Mueller, Marga Larson, Rhonda Osterman and Rick Whitted, along with 13 other employees, according to The Register-Guard of Eugene, Ore.

The combined firm offers estate planning, auditing, tax, accounting and consulting services to individuals, nonprofits, and small and midsized businesses. Larson had specialized in estate planning, while Mueller Yuva had specialized in auditing and tax.

The reason for the merger, according to partner Jim Mueller, was "basically to expand our services and bring in more expertise. It will make it easier to share expenses and share costs." He added that there were no financial considerations given to either firm, other than sharing clients.

Mueller Yuva dates back to 1980 while Larson & Associates has been around for about five years, said Mueller. The two firms had combined revenues of about $2 million last year. They officially merged as of January 1.

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