Litigation Support & Expert Witness Testimony

   Let's be clear right out of the gate: a professional appraiser can never be an advocate.  An appraiser must remain unbiased when appraising a property -- in fact, all licensed appraisers are required to sign an Appraiser's Certification stating in unambiguous terms that we have developed
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impartial and unbiased professional analyses, opinions and conclusions", and that our compensation for completing an assignment cannot be
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contingent upon the development or reporting of a predetermined direction in value that favors the cause of the client, the amount of the value opinion, the attainment of a stipulated result, or the occurrence of a subsequent event directly related to the intended use of the appraisal".  Some appraisers are casual about this ethical stipulation: I am not.  If you looking for an appraiser to be your advocate, then I'm not your man.

    That said, I am experienced in litigation support and expert witness services.  Clients who have used my litigation support/expert testimony services include attorneys, private parties, municipalities, and two State's Attorneys General.  In many cases, my independent, defensible analysis has allowed clients to settle cases without going to court.

    I can also consult with, and advise you about the relative strength of an appraisal performed by other parties. I can also perform additional research and analysis on the credibility of another appraiser's assumptions or conclusions.

    Here are some examples of issues I have experience with:

  • Estate planning & settlement
  • Valuation as of a date in the past (also called 'retroactive' or 'forensic' appraising): I have retroactively appraised property with an effective date 10+ years in the past.
  • Valuation for divorce, partnership, taxation issues
  • Valuation for eminent domain and condemnation cases
  • Effect on the market value of properties subject to conservation easements
  • Valuation challenges to ad valorem assessments
With my experience and proven track record, I can assist with any type of appraisal assignment, and my appraisal values have stood up under the most severe scrutiny.