Melanie Modica is an Accredited Senior Appraiser for personal property, fine art, and dually accredited in Appraisal Review & Management (ARM), with the American Society of Appraisers. Her ARM designation supports services for reviewing personal property appraisal reports, often for use in litigation. She offers services in the Houston metropolitan area, and remotely nationwide.
Melanie Modica is an instructor and contributor to the ASA ARM Principles of Valuation courses, 201, 203 and 204. ASA appraisal review methodology is derived from the legal profession and complies with Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) rules. These courses are offered to members in all disciplines of ASA, who seek the knowledge and training to become ARM designated appraisers upon completing the coursework and examinations. Melanie offers appraisal review services for supporting litigation matters and disputes, and has expert witness experience in the state of Texas. She was the co-developer and inaugural Chair of the international Expert Witness Workshop & Mock Trial, sponsored by the Houston chapter.
Melanie serves as the ARM Committee Education Development Chair, and the Houston chapter ARM Chair. She also serves as the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) Vice President of Education. She has served as the ASA Personal Property Committee Membership Chair, 2017-18 and was the Personal Property Chair for the ASA International Appraisers Conference, 2016-17. She has been an invited presenter at several ASA International Appraisers Conferences (IAC) and International Conferences (IC).
Roy Theophilus Bent, Jr. is a well known and respected expert and consultant in the automotive industry. An IACP Certified Auto Appraiser, Expert Witness, and Field Inspector, Mr. Bent is the seated President of the Bureau of Certified Auto Appraisers, a National Professional Appraisal Credentialing Organization that has trained, tested, and certified over 2,400 students under his leadership in the practices of IACP Certified Auto Appraisals and Litigation assistance. Mr. Bent holds numerous licenses and credentials as an ASE Certified Mechanic, I-Car Collision Specialist, Licensed Auto Appraiser, Insurance Adjuster, Umpire, Mediator, Arbitrator, Classic Car Judge, and Vintage Car Historian.
KPRC 2 Houston News Interview with Roy Bent on Diminished Value
Litigation Support - Mr. Bent is retained by counsel to provide IACP Certified Third Party Appraisals for most auto related lawsuits. He serves law firms whose clients are involved with dissolution, probate, bankruptcy, and diminution of value, and automobile accidents. Mr. Bent is a contributing author in several peer reviewed journals in auto accident expert witness related theories, case studies, and reports which are used exclusively by other expert witnesses in the field. His services include deposition, arbitration, mediation, and trial testimony when necessary.
Appraisals for Law Enforcement Agencies - Roy Theophilus Bent, Jr., IACP Certified Auto Appraiser & Expert Witness, is regulary retained by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Attorney General (AG), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Office of Inspector General, and varios Police Departments resumting in criminal convictions and/or exonerations of Defendants for: White-Collar Crimes, Vehicular Homicide Crimes, & Felony Drug Crimes resulting in Federal Criminal Forfeitures, Civil Judicial Forfeitures, Administrative Forfeitures & Seizures.
The Equine Expert is a renowned equine firm spanning dozens of disciplines and specializations in the Equine Industry by first-class horsemen and women, professional and top amateurs, with hands-on knowledge of the horse world. With a collaborative firm culture and a reputation for unparalleled professionalism and integrity, their hand- picked team of equestrian experts provide expert witness services in a variety of areas such as business, insurance, liability, equine death, sales, valuations, fraud, estates, taxes, and medical malpractice.
Litigation Support - Bridget R. Brandon and her team at The Equine Expert support defendants and plaintiffs throughout the United States in State and Federal courts by providing expert testimony, consulting services, litigation support, formation of case strategy, quantifying of damages, settlement negotiations, and assisting the legal team to better understand the sensitivity of the issues involved. Specializing in high-stakes, complex matters, they work collaboratively to create appropriate, well-reasoned research and analysis, advice, reports and expert testimony.
Because the cost of a lawsuit is so steep, make sure your "horse transaction" is memorialized with a lawyer-prepared, well-written contract. The small contract prep charge will be a fraction of litigation expenses and heartbreak. If you cannot locate an equine attorney, an attorney specializing in contracts will work just fine. It always amazes me that written contracts are not demanded of every horse purchase or sale. Even on "small&qout; transactions…demand them in writing or do not do the "deal&qout;!
There are some very important preliminary questions you should always ask when buying a horse. These screening questions should be asked right up front. If at all possible, you should ask these questions initially on the phone prior to seeing the horse.
Open-ended horse deals are quickly coming to an end. Florida has a statute (Section 535.16 of the Florida Statutes) and the California Legislature recently amended a similar one that now requires written documentation for horse sales.