Steven S. Albert is the President of Allstate Appraisal, L.P., a 60-year old national Valuation and Appraisal
Minnesota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Under his leadership, Allstate has grown into one of the longest
standing AMCs in the nation, providing valuation and appraisal review services to a diverse list of local
and national clients. In addition to operating a well-established AMC with his associates, Steve’s areas
of expertise include complex valuation assignments, appraisal review, and litigation-support services for
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credible and well supported and that the appraiser
can articulate responses to questions in clear and
concise language for a lay audience. In addition, if
inconsistencies with the deposition transcript, it can
be expected this will get called out by the
cross-examining attorney. The ability for the
potentially intense, repetitive, or even seemingly
harsh cross-examination questions by opposing
counsel is essential. The cross-examining attorney
is pursuing a favorable decision by the court that
The testifying appraiser is there to assist the court in
understanding the appraisal. The testifying appraiser
can assist the court best by knowing the appraisal
down cold before the deposition or trial so as to be
ready to answer any appraisal related question, and
correctly anticipating the types of questions he/she
may be asked by opposing counsel. When
purposeful, the appraiser’s attorney may redirect
additional questions to the appraiser in order to
clarify any responses the appraiser provided during
cross-examination, but this can also result in
additional questions by opposing counsel afterward.
Some basic advice for appraisers who have
USPAP, just as for any other assignment. After
you feel certain it does, review it again, thoroughly,
to make sure.
• Make sure every opinion, description, and
supported and defensible.
• Always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing
but the truth.
• Maintain an accurate and up-to-date CV
• Prepare for testimony diligently, and that includes
• Recognize that any prior work performed by the
appraiser is not immune from discovery can be
used by opposing counsel.
• Any state appraisal board discipline against your
license can be brought up during testimony.
• Any litigation the appraiser is party to, even if
unrelated to appraisal, could be used to undermine
your personal credibility.
• Know your report cold.
• Remember, you are the appraisal expert, be
inherent challenges of litigation cases and expect
Divorce appraisal work can be challenging and take
an appraiser outside of their comfort zone.
Ultimately, an appraiser’s strict adherence to USPAP,
coupled with solid testimony skills can result in very
satisfying and long-term business relationships with
clients who rely on reputable and competent
appraisers for this type of work.