Legal Issues for Non-Lending and Litigation Appraisal Work

Date: September 10, 2020

Location: Okemos, MI

Great Lakes Chapter
Mrs. Joan E. Kaczor
Okemos Conference Center
2187 University Park Drive
Okemos, MI 48864
Amanda Allen
Christensen, Peter


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?


Course Objectives


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 assignments.

•     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.


Additional Information

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State Credit

Please note that 100% attendance is required in order to receive any approved state credit or to be awarded AI CE points. It is imperative that you check with your state board for state approval information before completing registration.

Other Information

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