There are many situations -- none of them lacking stress and complexity -- where you might need an appraisal of property that states an opinion of what a property was worth on a date some time ago, rather than when the appraisal is ordered. These situations are common when dealing with estate tax liability or disposition of assets under a will or in probate.
For estate tax purposes or disposition of the assets of a decedent, a "date of death" valuation is often required. (Sometimes, the executor of the estate may choose to have the date be six months after the date of death -- but the same principles apply.)
Attorneys, accountants, executors and others rely on Edwards Appraisal Group for "date of death" valuations because such appraisals require special expertise and training. They require a firm that's been in the area for some time and can effectively research comparable contemporaneous sales.
The responsibility of settling an estate, while stressful is very important. As an executor you have been entrusted to carry out the wishes of the deceased as quickly and exactly as possible. You can count on us to act quickly and with compassion to the feelings of everyone in bereavement.
Real property isn't like publicly traded stock or other items which don't fluctuate in value very much or for which historical public data is available. You need a professional real estate appraiser, bound by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) for a high degree of confidentiality and professionalism, and you need the kind of quality report and work product taxing authorities and courts require and respect.
Part of Edwards Appraisal Group's drive is to provide top-notch, ethical appraisals that lawyers can rely on. Generally, everyone involved will have different ideas of how the appraisal process should work; however, our knowledge of the estate process will, without a doubt, satisfy all parties involved.