Be prepared in the event of loss from fire, flood, or theft and protect your investment by scheduling your valuable art and antiques on your insurance policy. We provide detailed, illustrated, and market-researched appraisal reports and maintain a copy in our office in the event of the loss of your original records.
Insurance Loss and Claims Assistance
We facilitate settlement of claims to avoid costly court disputes, and we’ll work with your representative, attorney, or insurance company, by providing timely detailed reports or assisting at mediation or arbitration hearings.
Equitable Distribution, Marital Dissolution, Estate Planning, In Kind Charitable Donation
Appraisals are often required for probate when the estate needs a cost basis for federal tax or planning purposes, or guidance for equitable distribution to beneficiaries. We work with executors, attorneys and private fiduciaries in a cost-effective manner to provide appraisal reports for settlement or reporting purposes and we keep current on changing IRS appraisal regulations. Our reports are recognized and accepted by insurance companies, lending institutions, banks, courts and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Expert Witness Testimony and Litigation Support
Pamela Bensoussan has more than 30 years of experience in litigation support, deposition and court testimony and trial preparation. With expertise in personal property and appraisal methodology, we can assist in all steps of the litigation process. The majority of cases never reach the courtroom due to well-prepared analyses and highly professional reports facilitating pre-trial settlement. Pamela Bensoussan earned FEWA’s Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant designation. Additionally, her ASA ARM credential ensures her competence in reviewing other appraisers' reports and in managing teams of appraisers, according to assignment needs.
Appraisal Review and Management (ARM)
Pamela Bensoussan is accredited with the Appraisal Review and Management designation in Personal Property conferred by the American Society of Appraisers. She is trained in the discipline’s methodology to review the work product of other Appraisers. This training assures that users of appraisals (such as attorneys or professionals in the banking, insurance and investment industries) will benefit from an unbiased review of the credibility and USPAP compliance of reports relied upon for important matters. The ARM designation also covers best practices in managing teams of appraisers in complex assignments.