Estate tax liability. Disposition of assets under a will or in probate. There are many situations – none of them lacking stress and complexity – where you might need an appraiser of property that sates an opinion of what the property was worth on a date some time ago, rather than when the appraisal is ordered. For estate tax purposes or disposition of the assets of a decendant, a “date of death” valuation is ofter 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 Jamie Masten 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.
Real property isn’t likely 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 Practive (USPAP) for a high degree of confidentiality and professionalism, and you need the kind of quality report and work product taxing authorities and courts need and expect.