Dividing a couple’s assets can be one of the most challenging issues in a Colorado divorce, especially if the couple has acquired assets of significant value during the marriage. Different types of assets require different types of appraisals. The techniques used in the valuation of real estate are not ordinarily much help in valuing a small, closely held business.
The best solution is to retain an experienced appraisal firm that has specialists for the various kinds of appraisals that may be required.
Most experienced divorce attorneys have retained appraisers in other divorce proceedings, and their recommendation should be followed in most cases. However, the client will need to work closely with the appraiser, and the client should feel free to advise the lawyer about his or her reaction to the appraiser.
One of the most important functions of an appraiser is to provide persuasive expert testimony if the case goes to trial. In hiring an appraiser, the client should take steps to verify the appraiser’s competence in presenting evidence in court. The attorney’s advice on this aspect of hiring an appraiser should rarely be disregarded.