Many thanks for the encouragement and great words about our work.
I requested Lee Drexler help me with an appraisal of items damaged in my apartment. She came within a week, analyzed items, performed research and sent me her appraisal. I submitted her appraisal along with photos to insurance company and without any questions and within 10 days I was paid, which included Lee’s fee. Lee is the consummate professional with great credibility. I recommend her to anyone seeking advice and an appraisal.
Dear Lee: Thank you for sending me your appraisal and for all the time and effort that you to devoted to preparing it.
This is to confirm that we have worked together for over 30 years and during that time you and your employees have provided excellent appraisal work for me and my trust and estate clients. You always perform in the most satisfactory manner, appearing on time for scheduled appointments and dealing exceedingly well with my clients and others in preparing very important documents which have always been accepted by the court and tax authorities without question.
I hope will we can continue to work together in the future and, once again, thanks for all.
Sincerely, Edward V. Atnally
I am happy to inform you that both the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services and the Internal Revenue Service have accepted the Succession and Estate Tax Returns filed on behalf of the Estate of Paul Cadmus. Your superb appraisal undoubtedly played the principal role in leading the Service to conclude there was no point in auditing the return. Thank you very much for all your help.
Herbert H. Moorin
Pullman & Comley, LLC
Much to my pleasant surprise, I have received an Estate Tax Closing Letter from the IRS for the estate. The fact that the IRS accepted your appraisal, including the values of several important paintings, without change is tribute to the quality of the appraisal. Perhaps I should not be surprised, since the IRS has not contested any of the appraisals you have prepared for my clients’ estates over the past 15 years, but in light of the dollars at stake here, I did expect the IRS to propose valuation changes.
Many thanks, and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.
Rose & Kissin, LLP
I recently had the dubious privilege of becoming the executor of an estate in New York City. The decedent was a close relative. Being a family member from out of town, rather than a local professional, I was somewhat adrift, both in the process and in the city. When I was floundering around, wondering how to get the tangible property of the decedent appraised, someone recommended Lee Drexler of Esquire Appraisals. On the strength of this recommendation I hired Lee. I am ever so glad I did.
In plowing through the decedents files I had come across a previous appraisal which had been done for insurance purposes, by a qualified appraiser, a few years back. I provided this to Lee with the thought that it might be of some use. Lee smelled a rat; something was not right.
Lee meticulously cross referenced the previous appraisal with the evidence before her. She found the rat; she discovered that the previous appraiser had mis-attributed a painting and had vastly undervalued it at $500. Lee valued the piece at $7,000.
A second piece had previously been valued at $20,000. Lee valued this piece at $75,000.
This second paining, on Lee’s recommendation and via her arrangements, is now at Sotheby’s for sale in a fall auction. It is estimated, by Sotheby’s, at exactly the value which Lee placed on it.
I am grateful for Lee’s knowledge and professional dedication. I am also grateful for her willingness to put me in contact with other professionals who helped me work through an unfamiliar process in an unfamiliar place. I found Lee to be reasonable in her fees and accurate in her work. And, last but not least, she is just plain fun to work with; a real pleasure. I can not recommend her highly enough.
It was a pleasure to meet you this past year. Thank you for your expertise; you helped to make the donation smoother than I could have hoped. I hope that your holiday season has been enjoyable. Best wishes in the New Year.
Art and Fashion Group
Pier 59 Studios