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Appraisal Method to Change?

In trust administration and probate in San Diego County, appraisals of the decedent’s real property are an important part of settling an estate. At Law Office of Scott C. Soady, A Professional Corporation, one of the first tasks is to obtain an appraisal of real property as of the date of death. The appraisal, in addition to valuations of the rest of the decedent’s estate, form the basis for determining the total value of the estate for purposes of distribution to beneficiaries.

Recently, a bipartisan amendment approved in October by the House Financial Services Committee proposes a new set of rules for obtaining appraisals. The old rules imposed nationwide by mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to realtors and mortgage brokers, produced appraisals often below the agreed-upon price, causing delays and disputes and the necessity for multiple appraisals. The new rules are more likely to encourage independent appraisals, not influenced by loan officers and mortgage brokers. The new amendment has the endorsement of President Obama and the House of Representatives but may face an uphill battle in the Senate.

Appraisals are just one part of trust administration and probate. We use independent appraisers for real property and can help with appraisals of valuable personal property as well. There are numerous tasks that must be done by a successor trustee of a trust or an executor or administrator of a probate estate. Our estate planning lawyers at Law Office of Scott C. Soady, A Professional Corporation can assist you with all aspects of trust administration or probate. Please call or email with questions or to set a complimentary consultation.

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