Providing Expert Witness Litigation Services Since 1985
Dependable. Professional. Accurate.
With our years of experience, we know that jewelry and other items of value can sometimes become objects of dispute. Whether your situation involves a buyer or seller, estate or divorce settlement, or other legal situation, the services of a professional jewelry appraiser / forensic gemologist may be required for litigation support or expert witness testimony. Geolat Companies’ professionally qualified appraisers have the expertise to offer unbiased opinions regarding value, helping the court to reach an equitable decision. Engaging a Geolat Companies appraiser before depositions are taken can often expedite an out-of-court settlement.
Forensic gemology can be especially important in cases involving diamonds, colored gemstones, watches and fine jewelry. Sometimes, litigation involves jewelry that has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. Such jewelry cannot be examined in its original condition, and often, items cannot be examined at all. In these cases, court decisions are based in large part on expert testimony provided in depositions. A Geolat Companies appraiser/forensic gemologist can help attorneys in preparing to depose witnesses, using techniques, tools and examples that can assist in obtaining more accurate descriptions of the items in question.
With years of experience in appraisal science, Geolat Companies takes great care in researching and determining the accurate value of disputed items. Your appraisal report is admissible in court and will include detailed descriptions, appropriate value determination, and photos (when possible). Our professional appraisers are also experienced expert witnesses, fully qualified to testify in court regarding the value of a fine jewelry object in question.
A Geolat Companies consultation ensures that the item(s) in question will be evaluated with complete confidentiality, care and accuracy. Every appraisal report from Geolat Companies is well-researched and documented, and conforms to the standards set forth by the American Society of Appraisers as well as the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Of course, we maintain complete confidentiality with regard to your appraisal and our client records.