2015: How Are Collectibles, Antiques And Art Objects Valued In A Legal Separation Or Divorce In San Diego?

WHAT ARE CONSIDERED ART OBJECTS, ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES IN SAN DIEGO IN A DIVORCE OR LEGAL SEPARATION?

Below is a sample list however there are many others:

  • wood block prints
  • wedgewood
  • watches
  • watercolors
  • Presidential memorabilia
  • vintage couture
  • toys
  • tools
  • tiffany collections
  • tiles
  • tables
  • stained glass
  • sports equipment and collectibles
  • snuff bottles
  • slot machines
  • silver
  • serigraphs
  • sculpture
  • rugs
  • royal doulton
  • record albums
  • radios
  • quilts
  • prints
  • pottery
  • pinball machines
  • photographs
  • paintings
  • Native American objects
  • military memorabilia
  • music boxes
  • movie memorabilia
  • maps
  • lunch boxes
  • lithographs
  • letter boxes
  • lladro
  • lamps
  • juke boxes
  • jewelry
  • hummel
  • horse saddles
  • furniture
  • frames
  • flags
  • figurines
  • etchings
  • dolls
  • crystal
  • chairs
  • clocks
  • china
  • ceramics
  • cash registers
  • books
  • board games
  • baseball cards
  • autographs

ARE THE VALUATIONS THE SAME WHETHER A LEGAL SEPARATION OR DIVORCE?

The valuation for the above items are the same and no difference whether this is a divorce or legal separation. There are no valuations in a paternity case since no division of assets and debts.

HOW CAN VALUATIONS BE DETERMINED?

The best procedure is to reach agreements on the value. Then the spouses can divide the personal property and equalize if necessary. If the spouses cannot agree on the values, then the only option may be a professional appraisal. Below are three companies in San Diego which perform these appraisals and none are recommended or endorsed and are only listed as resources.

http://sandiegoappraisers.org/

http://www.lamplighterappraisals.com/

http://www.personalpropertyappraisals.com/

The value will, normally, be determined by fair market value and this can be difficult to determine for some items. Also, in the valuation, one issue is whether commissions or costs of sale should be included when the items are not being sold [which is the fair market value upon sale] or confirmed to one spouse and the other spouse is “bought out”. One additional strategy is the “interspousal auction” in which each party bids. This may not be appropriate, however, if both spouses are not in equal financial positions since this assumes both spouses could bid for the item to establish the interspousal value for family law purposes.

HOW CAN A LOCAL AND EXPERIENCED FAMILY LAW FIRM IN SAN DIEGO HELP WITH YOUR PENDING FAMILY LAW CASE?

The law firm of Doppelt & Forney, a Professional Law Corporation has experience in division of assets and debts. If you need a consultation [which is free of charge] or to hire an attorney for your pending San Diego family law case, please call them to set up an appointment at their office.

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