Insurance & Appraisal Umpire Dispute Resolution Services

An Elite rated member of the peer-voted SuperAppraisers® Global Network of internationally-recognized appraisers.

Insurance and appraisal disputes are opinions. As with all opinions, they are only as credible as those that provide them. Challenging the credibility of an insurance and/or an appraisal opinion, or, serving as an independent—third-party—neutral umpire to adjudicate such matters, requires independent—highly-trained—highly-skilled—highly-credentialed—unimpeachable appraisal and insurance specialists that are specifically trained and accredited and licensed to serve as experts, reviewers, and umpires.

Equity Development Systems® pioneered the appraisal review profession and directed the development, writing, and implementation of the appraisal review Principals of Valuation and best practices that are taught to and in use today by professional valuers, legal experts, and government agencies throughout-the-world. Our experts and umpires have handled Billions-of-Dollars at issue and our appraisal reviews have been cited by U.S. regulators as "The measure by which all appraisal reviews should be judged.”

Our discipline-specific and multidisciplinary experts and umpires are uniquely qualified—internationally accredited—American Society of Appraisers (ASA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Appraisal Institute (MAI), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and Management Insurance Liability Specialist (MLIS) instructors and well-published luminaries in the global appraisal and insurance communities. They include Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and International Valuation Standards (IVS) instructors, and Value Adjustment Board (VAB) Magistrates and former state / federal appraisal and insurance regulatory compliance officers. We hold the only RICS Appraisal Expert Witness Service (EWAS) certification in the Americas and one of only a handful of such certifications in the world.

We provide comprehensive insurance and appraisal dispute resolution and umpire services in all disciplines of valuation and insurance and asset classes, tangible and intangible, i.e., Real Estate, Business Valuation, Intellectual Property, Personal Property, and Machinery and Technical Services.

We specialize in handling complex multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional appraisal and insurance dispute resolution matters involving two or more asset classes. As example; a dispute wherein multiple international locations and multiple disciplines of valuation are at issue e.g., Real Property, Business Valuation (Business Income), and Machinery and Equipment. Unlike other—lesser— umpire services, EDS will assign one of its internationally accredited (USPAP/IVS) valuation experts from each respective discipline at issue to contribute to the process. This insures independent—credible findings that will withstand challenges and scrutiny from regulatory, judicial and taxing authorities.

EDS' ADR services are headed by Exec. Managing Director, Steven N. Siegler, ASA, FRICS. Mr. Siegler is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with and was honored to serve as the founding International Chairman of Appraisal Review and Management (ARM) for the American Society of Appraisers from 2002-2011. Mr. Siegler co-authored and directed the implementation of the ASA’ Appraisal Review and Management Principals of Valuations series of courses, ARM 201, 202, 203 and 204 and best practices that are now taught to professional valuers, government officials, legal experts and many others throughout-the-world. Additionally and together with this, Mr. Siegler holds international valuation accreditation as Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), and he is the only RICS accredited expert witness in the Americas and one of only a handful of such expert witnesses in the world holding the much-coveted RICS Expert Witness Accreditation Service (EWAS) certification. Mr. Siegler holds TS Clearance with the U.S. Government and is uniquely qualified to practice before U.S. Government agencies in national security-related valuation and in other special matters. Mr. Siegler is a SuperAppraiser® Elite-Rated member of the peer-voted SuperAppraisers® Global Network of internationally-recognized appraisers. He has successfully handled some of the world’s most high-profile valuation cases.

Our insurance and appraisal dispute resolution services are a cost-effective, out-of-court, alternative dispute resolution format that helps parties resolve complex and contentious valuation matters in a fair, balanced, and unbiased way.

For more information, contact: or call 866.887.0852 Ext.703

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