In the pre-litigation phase, an appraiser may be asked to determine if damages are sufficient to proceed with litigation. We may also be able to identify different types of damage, injured parties and other types of experts which will be necessary to prove damages. Where there are valuation issues, a preliminary appraisal is a quick and less expensive estimate of value which can aid the lawyer in assessing the valuation aspects of a case. Similar preliminary damage estimates can be done with damage cases. However, often there is not sufficient information at the beginning of a case to reach either an opinion of value or an opinion of damages.
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