Dear Mr. Johnson, thank you for your outstanding job performance on the equine appraisal of two Haflingers, harnesses, wagon and equipment.
The pictures were clear and crisp, the presentation was just what the IRS likes to see and the documentation was specific and detailed.
Your expert and thorough work is much appreciated.
I am very confidant that the IRS will be most impressed with the professionalism and detail of your report, thank you for the excellent service.
J. H. Alexander
DOES A LITIGATION CONSULTANT DO?
One of the most important aspects of our work, here
at NAES, is the discussions with lawyers, insurance
companies and others interested in common standards
of job performance in the horse industry.
include proof that the consultant is using methods
acceptable in the industry, proving that he or she
has a deep understanding of all elements involved
in the case.
There are two types of case experts: Consulting and Testifying
The first is the "Consulting Expert" who is asked
to explain the horse-related factors involved in
a specific case. These factors can often influence the eventual
outcome. Consideration of all the related areas of liability
can aid in the development of your case. The consulting
expert is not expected to testify at trial and therefore
can be extremely candid with his client because his work
product will never be disclosed to the opposing side.
When looking for a "equine expert," either consulting
or testifying, it is important to find an individual that
has a broad background in the specific areas of your interest,
(IE, training, sales, commissions, trail rides, horse showing,
By the way, its not necessary that the chosen "expert"
have a huge law background, but rather a large horse background.
Since courts often look at an expert as a "teacher,"
the person should impress you with how well they comprehend
the set of circumstances.
TESTIFYING AT DEPOSITION AND TRIAL
The testifying "expert", like the Consulting Expert
reviews the facts but will be expected to testify at deposition
and at trial. Therefore all the research and correspondence
performed by this Testifying Expert is discoverable by the
The testifying expert must be absolutely unflappable under
potential cross examination; (These people are not easily
As an interested client, insurance or legal specialist, you
must be a true detective in expert determination.
||SERVICES PROVIDED BY NAES
- Review of testimony and exhibits from witness depositions.
- Review of cases from retaining counsel.
- Preparation of rebuttal questions.
- Candid explanation to counsel on case merits or lack thereof.
- Case files stored indefinitely in climate controlled conditions.
- Provide either verbal or written expert opinions.
- Farm operations and appraisals.
- Review of opposing valuations and appraisals.
- Qualified Equine Appraisals (multi-breed and performance
NON-LAWYER CLIENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Having what you, the client, think is a very winnable
horse case relies on how much complete and accurate
information you provide your attorney.
by computer or longhand you must record everything
that occurs relative to your case.
- Conversations, dates and exact times, witnesses
with addresses and phone numbers all need to be
- Your attorney will eventually wish to speak
to your witnesses if possible.
time goes by you will forget important facts unless
you write them down. In addition, many states will allow
you to refer to your extemporaneous notes as evidence.
Your case synopsis should be in large (14 point)
bold faced type and double space the lines. That
will make it so much easier to review by all concerned
- Don’t ever think that your random thoughts
about your case are NOT important… always
put them in as well.
Good luck in your case and listen to your lawyer! Please
call Dave Johnson at 800-575-1669 for more advice.
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