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Tuesday, September 29 1 pm - 5 pm 4 CE hrs
“Smart Risk Management for Appraisers
This seminar covers current liability trends affecting appraisers
and dispels common myths and misunderstandings. The seminar concentrates on
basic liability issues concerning lending assignments, and the best ways for
appraisers to prevent claims and avoid liability. Real-world lawsuits and
claims form the foundation of the course. Lessons are drawn from each case and
specific suggestions for how to implement the lessons in daily appraisal work
are discussed. The primary learning
objectives of the course are to provide practicing real estate appraisers with
an ability to do the following:
Understand the key legal elements of a professional negligence
claim and, based on that knowledge, identify the main liability risks in
Recognize the most common parties who file lawsuits against
appraisers in relation to appraisals for lending.
Understand why and how the USPAP concepts of client/intended user
and intended use relate to legal claims against appraisers.
Critically evaluate intended use and user language and develop
intended use and user language that reduces liability risk.
Critically evaluate appraisal report forms for liability risks
they may create.
Understand the most common problems in appraisals raised in
How to make effective disclosures in appraisal reports.
Handle common liability threats and actual claims properly.
Understand the importance of the appraiser’s work file to
Know how the statute of limitations works for common claims
Spot and address key liability issues in new forms of appraisal
work (“hybrid appraisals”).
Understand supervisor and trainee risk.
Understand how limited liability entities relate to individual
An emphasis is
placed on teaching students how to apply the lessons in their daily work.
Wednesday, September 30 2 pm – 5 pm 3 CE hrs
“Legal Issues for Non-Lending and
Litigation Appraisal Assignments“
Most discussion of
appraiser liability focuses on lawsuits and claims relating to appraisals
performed for mortgage lending. However, appraisal assignments for litigation
and other non-lending purposes actually present a greater liability risk to the
appraiser on a per assignment basis. This seminar addresses the specific
liability risks and additional key legal issues associated with appraisals for
litigation, divorce, estate, tax, conservation easements and other non-lending
purposes. It also addresses liability considerations for review appraisers.
Actual lawsuits against appraisers form the foundation of the seminar.
These are the
kinds of questions that appraisers get answered in this seminar: Who sues
appraisers serving as expert witnesses? Who sues appraisers performing
appraisals for tax purposes? What’s the surest way for an appraiser to be sued
for non-lending work? What’s the likelihood of being sued about a retrospective
review appraisal? How does potential liability for a retrospective review
compare with potential liability for a contemporaneous review? What are the
statutes of limitation for claims? What special provisions should I consider
putting in an engagement letter for different types of non-lending assignments?
The objectives of
the seminar are to educate appraisers about:
The most common sources and causes of professional negligence
lawsuits against appraisers in connection with non-lending appraisal
The unique liability risks imposed by certain non-lending work.
What appraisers can do to minimize liability risk for non-lending
work (the emphasis is on better and clearer disclosure and using appropriate
provisions in reports and engagement letters).
How to deal with common liability threat situations.
The role of professional liability insurance.
PRESENTER: PETER CHRISTENSEN (Christensen Law Firm) www.valuationlegal.com
Mr. Christensen is the author
of Risk Management for Real Estate Appraisers and Appraisal Firms
published by the Appraisal Institute.
With respect to real estate valuation, his law practice experiences
of liability threats, claims and litigation against appraisers, appraisal firms
of state disciplinary complaints against appraisers and AMCs.
legal counsel and risk management to appraisers, appraisal firms and AMCs in
connection with professional liability, engagement agreements, vendor
management, indemnification and employment matters.
He was previously General Counsel and Shareholder for LIA
Administrators & Insurance Services. Mr. Christensen is a member of the
California State Bar and Washington State Bar.