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For Legal and Accounting Professionals

If you are an attorney or accountant who has clients with real estate assets or wants information about real property, you need the services of a qualified real estate appraiser when dealing with divorce, estates, or other matters involving the value of real estate. We act quickly and discretely to inform you and your clients about property values in cases you have before the courts and governmental agencies such as the IRS.

Estate Appraisals

Settling an estate usually requires an appraisal to establish fair market value for the residential property involved. Many times, an attorney will want an appraisal for two different dates, the date of death and the date that is six months following the date of death. We are familiar with the procedures and requirements necessary to perform these types of appraisals, all in conformance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), which requires us to perform appraisals in complete confidentiality. Opinions of value used in documents filed with governmental agencies need to be supported by a detailed report as to how the appraiser arrived at his conclusions. Having a professional appraisal gives the executor solid facts and figures to work with in meeting IRS and state agency requirements.

Divorce Appraisals

Because a divorce often involves the valuation of real property, our firm is often called upon by attorneys representing parties in a divorce proceeding to establish the value of a home. We realize that these type of appraisals may require an extra amount of sensitivity, and our experience in doing appraisals for divorce gives you the secure knowledge that our appraisal will be defensible in a court proceeding.

Appraisals for other legal or accounting matters

There are many other instances in which an attorney or accountant will need to know the value of real property, either for estate matters (such as a partition suit) or for investment matters. As noted above, we can provide quick, accurate and confidential advice to you in these matters.