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Estate Appraisals

Settling an estate is an important and, often times, stressful job. As an executor you have been entrusted to carry out the wishes of the deceased as swiftly and exactly as possible. We act efficiently and with sensitivity to the feelings of everyone involved.

Attorneys and Accountants rely on an Appraiser's Opinon of Value when calculating real property values for estates, divorces, or other disputes requiring a value being placed on real property. We understand their needs and are accomplished in dealing with all parties involved. We provide appraisal reports that meet the requirements of the courts and various agencies.

Settling an estate usually requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. Often, the date of death differs from the date the appraisal is requested. We are familiar with the procedures and requirements necessary to perform a retroactive appraisal with an effective date and Fair Market Value estimate matching the date of death. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the highest degree of discretion.

Opinions of Value used in documents filed with the revenue authorities should be supported by a detailed report as to how the Appraiser arrived at their conclusions. Such a report demonstrates to the authorities that the numbers presented are well founded and substantiated. Having a professional appraisal gives the executor solid facts and figures to work with in meeting IRS and state agency requirements. It assures peace of mind for everyone involved.