Litigation Support

CourtroomScalesofJusticeWhat is litigation support?  When your property becomes the subject of litigation it is important to assemble the best possible litigation team in order to protect your interests.  This is true whether you are an individual property owner, a corporation, or a government entity.  Obviously, an important part of that team is an attorney who is familiar with real estate litigation.  But the most important part of that team is your appraiser.  Usually the entire litigation comes down to the opinion of one appraiser versus another.Your appraiser isn’t there just to eventually testify to a value. Your appraiser can guide you and the litigation team through the entire process.

 

Your appraiser isn’t there just to eventually testify to a value.  Your appraiser can guide you and the litigation team through the entire process.

Russell Sterling

 

Here is a brief list of some of the areas that we cover:

  • Review of opposition’s appraisal for weaknesses, improper application of valuation techniques, mathematical errors, errors in judgment, factual errors.
  • Preparation of an analysis in order to evaluate the case and provide scenarios for likely outcomes.
  • Recommend other professionals to be part of the litigation team, if needed, such as a planner, architect, engineer, environmental expert.
  • Determine which valuation approaches are most applicable and what other types of studies may be needed to support the case.
  • Participate in settlement strategies and negotiations.
  • Define reasonable outcomes of settlement negotiations and developing scenarios and strategies to achieve those outcomes.
  • Preparation of a thorough, “trial ready” report.
  • Preparation for testimony including preparation of exhibits, reports, rehearsal of testimony.
  • Assist your attorney in preparing cross examination of the opposition’s appraiser.

The difference between “winning” and “losing” is in the preparation. We at Sterling DiSanto and Associates pride ourselves on the meticulous preparation we bring to every litigation case in which we are involved. We have worked along side the best attorneys in this field and use our many years of expert witness and review appraiser experience to develop and implement successful strategies that will guide you through the most complex litigation to achieve the best possible outcome.

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Examples of Litigation Valuation Assignments by Sterling DiSanto and Associates:

  • Condemnation
  • Tax Appeal
  • Partnership or corporate dissolution and disputes
  • Partial interest valuation
  • Estate disputes
  • Effect of Zone changes on value
  • Market studies to determine impact on value of power lines, industrial uses, etc.
  • Affect of contamination on value
  • Breach of contract disputes
  • Matrimonial
  • Retrospective appraisals
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