- Feb 23, 2002
- Professional Status
- Certified Residential Appraiser
Owner ordered appraisal by phone. Said I might be subpoenaed to testify in court to defend my appraisal. Did not know him-never saw him before. His mother met me for the appraisal appointment and let me in. Mom paid my fee with her own check. Son in middle of divorce case and tells me he is due in court Tuesday(tomorrow-3-12-02) on a divorce hearing. Never mentioned I might be subpoenaed for THAT hearing. So the server and son are on my doorstep and I am served just minutes before the appraisal comes rolling off the printer and is delivered to Son, to appear hearing at 10:00 tomorrow. I have never testified re appraisals in anything but tax hearings in the assessor's office. Client led me to believe wife's attorney challenging appraisal and might call me when it is actually reversed. I told him I charged $50.00 an hour to testify (yeh, I know that's not enough)and that I usually had more time than one day notice. Still I am staring at a subpoena served by his attorney commanding me to be in court tomorrow at 10:00. I have no agreement from anyone to reimburse me for my time and no opportunity to prepare mentally or anything. I seriously need some tips from some of "you guys" out there so I don't end up looking like a fool and not get paid to do this. Must be an easier way to make a living. The $300 I got for this appraisal sure isn't worth the hassle. I feel duped because he knew his attorney was going to call me last week, probably ordered him to get the appraisal, and didn't tell me.