The Appraisal Process: An Outline for Making Awards Useful and Final

J.S. Held
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Appraisal is a frequently used and often maligned method to adjudicate disputes in the property insurance world. Typically, appraisal is used for the purposes of evaluation only and will not bring finality to a claim in which coverage, or, in certain jurisdictions, causation is also being disputed. Although the perceived advantages of appraisal versus litigation are that it is considered fast, inexpensive, and relatively final, the appraisal process is often criticized because of unpredictable awards that are not helpful in settling a disputed claim and, in some cases, can lead to further protracted litigation. If, however, an appraisal is conducted with appropriate guidelines, the process can be valuable in bringing finality to valuation disputes.

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