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Frequently Asked Questions

Trust and Estate Appraisals:

Q1: What are trust and estate appraisals?

A1: A trust and estates appraisal is an evaluation of the value of assets, typically real estate, personal property, or art, for estate planning, inheritance tax, or trust management purposes.

Q2: Why are trust and estate appraisals necessary?

A2: Appraisals are essential for determining the fair market value of assets within a trust or estate to ensure equitable distribution among beneficiaries or for tax reporting.

Q3: When do I need a trust and estate appraisal?

A3: You may need one for estate settlement, inheritance tax reporting, gift tax purposes, establishing a trust, or equitable division of assets among heirs.

Q4: What types of assets can be appraised in trusts and estates?

A4: Real estate, jewelry, artwork, antiques, collectibles, vehicles, and other personal property can be appraised in trust and estates.

Q5: How is the appraised value determined?

A5: Appraisers use industry-accepted valuation methods and consider factors like condition, market demand, comparable sales, and the item’s rarity or uniqueness.

Q6: Do I need a certified appraiser for trusts and estates?

A6: It’s advisable to use a certified appraiser, especially for estate tax purposes, to ensure compliance with IRS regulations.

Q7: How long do trust and estate appraisals take?

A7: The timeline for trust and estates appraisal varies based on the number and complexity of assets. It can range from a few days to a few weeks.

Q8: What should I provide to the appraiser for the appraisal process?

A8: You should provide information about the assets, any relevant documents, and access to the items to be appraised. Call us now to learn more!

Q9: Are the appraisal fees tax-deductible in trust and estates?

A9: Appraisal fees for estate tax purposes may be deductible, but it’s recommended to consult with a tax professional for specific guidance.

Q10: Can I get a pre-appraisal estimate of assets in a trust or estate?

A10: Yes, you can request a pre-appraisal consultation to discuss the process and estimate costs before proceeding with the full appraisal.

Divorce Appraisal:

Q1: What is a divorce appraisal?

A1: A divorce appraisal is an assessment of the value of assets, such as real estate or personal property, conducted during divorce proceedings to determine the fair and equitable division of property.

Q2: Why do I need a divorce appraisal?

A2: A divorce appraisal is essential to ensure a fair distribution of assets between spouses and to provide an accurate value for negotiation or court proceedings.

Q3: What types of assets can be appraised in a divorce appraisal?

A3: Real estate, marital home, personal property, artwork, antiques, collectibles, vehicles, and other jointly owned assets can be appraised in a divorce appraisal.

Q4: Do both spouses need to agree on the choice of appraiser?

A4: Ideally, both spouses should agree on the appraiser, but if they cannot reach an agreement, the court may appoint one.

Q5: How is the value determined in a divorce appraisal?

A5: Appraisers use accepted valuation methods, considering factors like market conditions, property condition, comparables, and the item’s unique attributes.

Q6: Can I choose to have separate appraisers for different assets?

A6: Yes, spouses can choose separate appraisers for assets they disagree on, but this may increase the overall cost.

Q7: Is the appraised value final and binding in court?

A7: The appraised value serves as a basis for negotiation or court proceedings, but it’s subject to scrutiny and revision during legal proceedings if there are disputes.

Q8: How long does a divorce appraisal process take?

A8: The duration of a divorce appraisal varies depending on the complexity and number of assets to be appraised. It can take from a few days to several weeks.

Q9: Can the appraiser be called to testify in court?

A9: Yes, appraisers can be called as expert witnesses in court to provide testimony on their appraisals if necessary.

Q10: Can the appraisal fees be split between spouses?

A10: Yes, it’s common for appraisal fees to be divided between the divorcing spouses, especially when they both benefit from the appraisal process.