What’s Appraiser Law? The concept of Appraiser Law is to make knowledgeable legal counsel available to appraisers at reasonable cost. I have spoken with thousands of appraisers in my legal career and believe that appraisers – whether they are sole-proprietors, owners of small firms or employees in large firms – need affordable access to a lawyer who really knows something about their work. The problem is that lawyers are often too expensive – and most don’t know very much about the special legal issues affecting appraisers. That’s what I’m trying to solve with Appraiser Law. It’s available to appraisers in California and Washington because these are the states in which I practice law.
Appraiser Law puts the Christensen Law Firm on retainer for you. It enables individual appraisers to retain me for up to 7 hours of my time each year at a greatly reduced fee for matters relating to appraisal work and business issues. With Appraiser Law, an appraiser can say “Peter Christensen is my lawyer.”
Appraiser Law clients receive access to an annual block of my time at just $50 per hour (my regular rate for business clients in $400).
For most legal issues that appraisers need help with, a few hours of my time is all that an appraiser or small firm needs because I have a collection of documents and materials available to me relating to appraiser legal matters, and I draw from over 20 years of experience handling appraiser legal issues. This is not just some kind of “E&O hotline.” I am working for you. I will draft documents and agreements for you. I’ll write letters on your behalf, even represent you before the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers or Washington DOL. Moreover, under my engagement agreements for all clients (whether they are individual appraisers or mega national firms), I don’t charge for quick phone calls with clients. So, just like my corporate clients, please call when you need my advice or run into a rough patch – if you’re a client.
What’s the cost? The annual fee for Appraiser Law is $110. An optional $10 discount applies if you maintain E&O insurance.
What do you get? In exchange for the annual fee, Appraiser Law clients receive up to 7 hours of my attorney time at $50 per hour (up to 3 hours for appraisal/business legal matters and, separately, up to 4 hours for appraiser disciplinary matters). After exhausting these discounted rates, clients can continue to receive my assistance at 35% off my regular hourly rate. New appraiser clients also receive a free copy of my book Risk Management for Real Estate Appraisers and Appraisal Firms, published by the Appraisal Institute in 2019.
You can read more about me, my legal practice and background on the Christensen Law Firm’s main site www.valuationlegal.com. If you’d like to know more about my appraiser-related legal experience, please consider taking my 4-hour online CE class “Appraiser Liability 101.”
Details. The table below describes the services available with Appraiser Law. If you are interested in becoming a client, please head to the Appraiser Law Sign Up page.
Thank you, Peter Christensen
I have described below the legal services available with Appraiser Law. If you think something is missing, please let me know. The services are provided subject to the terms of a signed Appraiser Law Engagement Agreement.
Sign up for Appraiser Law here: Appraiser Law Sign Up.