Attorneys are offered services both directly and on behalf of clients in need of gemological and appraisal services. We take expert witness work seriously. We are experienced with forensic examinations for post-loss appraisal work and have experience with divorce, charitable contribution, estate valuation and other situations that most appraisers will shy away from. We understand the issues that make this kind of work unique . We can do on-site work anywhere in the US or do the examinations in our Denver-based lab as you prefer. Contact us directly with questions.
In the United States, under the Federal Rule of Evidence 702 (FRE), an expert witness must be qualified on the topic of testimony. In determining the qualifications of the expert, the FRE requires the expert have had specialized education, training, or practical experience in the subject matter relating to the case.The expert’s testimony must be based on facts in evidence, and should offer opinion about the causation or correlation to the evidence in drawing a conclusion.
Experts in the U.S. typically are paid on an hourly basis for their services in investigating the facts, preparing a report, and if necessary, testifying during pre-trial discovery, or at trial. The expert’s professional fee, plus his or her related expenses, is generally paid by the party retaining the expert. In some circumstance the party who prevails in the litigation may be entitled to recover the amounts paid to its expert from the losing party. In high stakes cases multiple experts, in multiple topics, are often retained by each party. Although it is still relatively rare, the court itself may also retain its own independent expert. In all cases, fees paid to an expert may not be contingent on the outcome of the case.
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