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An Appraisal Witness that is USPAP Compliant has successfully passed his or her 2012-2013 USPAP Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice test. Most appraisers nationwide have yet to pass any USPAP test and are tendering appraisals that are not USPAP Compliant and are defined as illegal. Durkin Valuations Associates have a total of seven Senior Professional Appraisers accredited from the National Association of Professional Appraisers and with a sum of 70 combined years of valuations.

Durkin Valuation Associates appraise all real and personal property nationwide. If you are in need of business valuation, machinery and equipment appraisal, divorce appraisal or decendant estate appraisals, give us a call. Our appraisals are understandable and defendable. Durkin Valuation Associates are qualified expert appraisal witnesses and offer our testimony to support our professional valuations.

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