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Elite-Rated member of the peer-voted Super Appraisers® Global Network of internationally recognized Litigation Appraisal luminaries.

Prevailing in Billions at Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution

RICS only Expert Witness Accreditation Service (EWAS) and Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) Certifications in the Americas—one of only a handful of such Certifications in the world.

LITIGATION APPRAISERS | PREVAILING IN BILLIONS AT TRIAL AND ADRReal Estate Appraisal Expert Witness Services

ASA | RICS | MAI | USPAP | IVS ACCREDITED APPRAISAL INSTRUCTORS

EDS Real Estate Appraisal Expert Witnesses, having prevailed at trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution in multiple multi-billion dollar matters, are highly-trained—highly skilled—highly credentialed multidisciplinary appraisal review instructors with decades of courtroom experience who master the facts and are able to present clear, objective, and compelling findings to judges and juries.

EDS pioneered the appraisal review profession—the cornerstone of Appraisal Expert Witness Testimony—and directed the development, writing, and implementation of the appraisal review Principles of Valuation and best practices that are taught to and in use today by professional valuers, legal experts, and government agencies throughout-the-world.

“The measure by which all real estate appraisal reviews should be judged” … U.S. Regulators.

RICS ONLY VALUATION EXPERT WITNESS CERTIFICATION IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHEREEDS holds the only RICS Valuation Expert Witness Accreditation Service (EWAS) and Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) Certifications in the Western Hemisphere—one of only a handful of such Certifications in the world.

SUPER APPRAISERS®ELITE-RATEDEDS is an Elite-Rated member of the peer-voted Super Appraisers® Global Network of internationally recognized appraisal luminaries.

PREVAILING IN BILLIONS AT TRIAL AND ADREDS has prevailed in billions-of-dollars at issue in some of the world’s most complex— important—high-profile—and valuable valuation litigation.

SPECIALIZING IN HARD-TO-VALUE ASSETSREAL ESTATE APPRAISAL EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES

[E.g.] EMINENT DOMAIN | TAKINGS | CONDEMNATION | ENVIRONMENTALLY-IMPAIRED | TAXATION | CONSERVATION EASEMENT | USPAP/IVS COMPLIANCE | TITLE III OF THE HELMS-BURTON ACT FOR PROPERTY EXPROPRIATED BY THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT SINCE 1959.

EDS Real Estate Appraisal Expert Witness and Litigation-Support specialists are highly trained and experienced professionals who play a crucial role in legal proceedings involving Commercial, Industrial, and Residential Real Estate valuation and appraisal-related professional standards and regulatory compliance issues.

We are typically called upon to provide real estate analysis and appraisal expert witness testimony in legal proceedings, such as court cases and Alternative Dispute Resolution arbitration and mediation, where values and opposing appraisal/appraiser credibility are relevant issues. Our expertise and objectivity are essential in helping the court or arbitration panel make informed decisions regarding real estate property values and appraisal-related professional standards and guidelines.

EDS BREAKING NEWS

Appraisal Expert Witness
Internationally Recognized Appraisal Expert Witness and Litigation Support Specialist Equity Development Systems, Ltd Helps Secure Acquittal of Clay Weibel in a High-Profile IRS Prosecution

January 9, 2024 — A federal jury in Atlanta, Georgia, has delivered a resounding verdict of acquittal for Clay Weibel, who was facing a litany of charges related to his alleged involvement in a billion-dollar syndicated conservation easement tax scheme spanning nearly two decades. The successful appraisal defense was orchestrated by internationally renowned Appraisal Expert Witnesses Steven N. Siegler ASA, FRICS, and Barry Shea, ASA, IFA, ARM, of the U.S.-based litigation appraisal firm of Equity Development Systems, Ltd in collaboration with the esteemed Moore Tax Law Group, LLC.

Clay Weibel had been indicted on several counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, aiding and assisting the filing of false tax returns, and subscribing to false tax returns, all in connection with a highly complex and protracted tax shelter scheme involving syndicated conservation easements. The case drew national attention, reflecting the significance of this legal battle and the potential implications for similar cases across the country.

REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES

Commercial | Industrial | High-Value Residential

EDS real estate appraisal expert witness professionals possess highly specialized knowledge and experience in the field of real estate appraisal and valuation. We are typically called upon to provide real estate expert testimony and analysis in legal proceedings, such as court cases, arbitration, or mediation, where property values and appraisals are relevant issues. Our real estate appraisal expert witnesses are highly trained and experienced professionals who play a crucial role in legal proceedings involving real property valuation and appraisal issues. Our expertise and objectivity are essential in helping the court or arbitration panel make informed decisions regarding real property values and related matters.

EDS Real Estate Appraisal Expert Witnesses, having prevailed at trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution in multiple multi-billion dollar matters, are highly-trained—highly-skilled—highly-credentialed multidisciplinary appraisal review instructors with decades of courtroom experience who master the facts and are able to present clear, objective, and compelling findings to judges and juries.

EDS pioneered the appraisal review profession—the cornerstone of Appraisal Expert Witness Testimony—and directed the development, writing, and implementation of the appraisal review Principles of Valuation and best practices that are taught to and in use today by professional valuers, legal experts, and government agencies throughout-the-world.

EDS has prevailed in Billions-of-Dollars at issue in some of the world’s most important—high-profile—and valuable valuation litigation cases.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

EDS holds the only RICS Expert Witness Accreditation Service (EWAS) and Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) Certifications
in the Western Hemisphere—one of only a handful of such Certifications in the world.

EDS is an Elite-Rated member of the peer-voted Super Appraisers® Global Network of internationally-recognized appraisal luminaries.

EDS has prevailed in billions-of-dollars at issue in some of the world’s most complex— important—high-profile—and valuable—valuation litigation.

Our real estate appraisal expert witnesses are often called upon to provide expert testimony in legal proceedings such as:

  • Property disputes (e.g. boundary disputes, rights of way, and easements)
  • Litigation involving real property valuations (e.g. matrimonial / business disputes and probate valuations)
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Arbitration or mediation involving real estate disputes
  • Taxation and regulatory matters
  • Eminent Domain, Condemnation, and Takings claims

Our Real Estate Appraisal Expert Witnesses and litigation-support providers are internationally accredited ASA/MAI/RICS valuation instructors—all well-published luminaries in the global valuation community and include Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and International Valuation Standards (IVS) and RICS ‘Red Book’ instructors, Value Adjustment Board (VAB) Magistrates, and former state/federal appraisal regulatory compliance officers.

We conduct in-depth real estate appraisal analyses and provide objective opinions and advice that help resolve complex real estate appraisal and valuation issues. We advise client counsel in the preparation of appraisal-related discovery, Daubert challenges, appraisal/appraiser state and federal regulatory compliance, USPAP, IVS, ‘Red Book,’ and international Basel Accords compliance.

EDS specializes in handling complex multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional appraisal matters. For example, a dispute wherein multiple domestic and international locations/jurisdictions and multiple valuation disciplines are at issue, e.g., Real Estate, Business Valuation, and Machinery and Equipment. Unlike others, EDS will assign one of its internationally accredited valuation experts from each valuation discipline at issue possessing the requisite jurisdictional and geographic competency to contribute to the process. This ensures credible findings that will withstand challenges and scrutiny from regulatory, judicial, and taxing authorities.

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Our Valuation & Advisory Services Group is headed by Executive Managing Director, Steven N. Siegler, ASA, FRICS. Mr. Siegler is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) 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 development and implementation of the ASA’ Appraisal Review and Management Principles of Valuations series of courses and best practices that are now taught to professional valuers, government officials, legal experts, and many others throughout the world.

When, as part of Dodd-Frank, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) acting for and on behalf of the U.S. Federal Reserve and all inter-agency regulators sought the appraisal expertise to develop, implement and monitor the new National Appraisal Ordering and Appraisal Review Protocols for the United States and all U.S. territories, it came to Mr. Siegler.

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 United States and all of the Americas—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 he is uniquely qualified to practice before U.S. Government agencies in national security-related valuation and other special matters.

Steven is an Elite-Rated member of the peer-voted Super Appraisers® Global Network of internationally-recognized appraisal expert witness luminaries. He has served as an appraisal expert witness in U.S. state and federal courts, at international tribunals, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has personally prevailed in billions-of-dollars at issue in some of the world’s most complex—important—high-profile—and valuable valuation litigation.

Engaging the correct Real Estate Appraisal Expert Witness is critical. EDS’ unparalleled level of appraisal expert witness expertise is recognized and appreciated in boardrooms and courtrooms throughout the world, and U.S. regulators have cited our body of work as “The measure by which all real estate appraisal reviews should be judged”.

EDS’s unparalleled level of expertise is recognized and appreciated in boardrooms and courtrooms throughout the world. How may we be of service to you?

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