What should attorneys look for when hiring an appraiser?
Attorneys often require experts to value fine and decorative arts in connection with litigation proceedings. Look for appraisers who are educated, experienced, and most importantly credentialed in the type of property you need valued or reviewed. ASA-accredited and AAA-certified members provide exceptional and ethical valuation expertise, earning designations in their respective areas after completing rigorous courses, examinations, and report submissions through peer-evaluation processes that require years of work. Additionally, look for an appraisal expert who can defend her/his value estimates under cross-examination in deposition and/or at trial — preferably trained and experienced in litigation support.