Appraisals of Distinction, LLC is totally committed to safeguarding the confidential information of our clients. Please know that we hold all of our client's personal information provided to our appraisal service company in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the USPAP and ASA ethics and standards of confidentiality. These records include information that we collect from clients in connection with any of the personal property appraisal services provided by our company. At no time in the past have we ever disclosed information to third parties, except as specifically authorized by our clients, or as required by law, and we do not anticipate doing so in the future. If we were to anticipate such a change in our company policy, we would be prohibited under federal law, USPAP, and the ASA ethics code from doing so without advising you first and obtaining your permission. As you know, we use the personal property information provided by our clients to help meet their appraisal requests, while guarding against any real or perceived infringements of their rights of privacy.

Our policy with respect to personal information about our clients is as follows:

  1. We limit employee and agent access to information only to those who have a business or professional reason to know, and only to nonaffiliated parties as required by law.
    We maintain a secure office and computer environment to ensure that your information is not placed at unreasonable risk.

  2. The categories of non-public personal information that we collect from a client depend upon the scope of the client's appraisal engagement. This includes information about personal property assets, information about tax identification numbers, and other non­public information necessary. Additionally, it may include information about transactions between clients and third parties, and information from third party sources.

  3. Unaffiliated third parties that require access to our clients' personal information, such as Federal and State tax regulators, insurance companies, and the like, may only review company records as permitted under the law.

  4. We do not provide client information to mailing list vendors or solicitors for any reason whatsoever.

  5. Personally identifiable information will be maintained during the time a client is a client of the company and for the appropriate time thereafter that such records are required to be maintained by USPAP, and consistent with the ASA ethics code. After this required period of record retention, all such information will be destroyed in a manner consistent with providing confidentiality to our clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 










Nelson O. Clayton is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers. He is designated in Personal Property Residential Contents-General and Antiques and Decorative Arts. He is also a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property of the International Society of Appraisers, Inc., approved to appraise Antiques and Residential Contents. He is actively engaged in the appraisal of household contents, and antiques and decorative arts and he is building his credentials in silver, and fine arts. With consultation with experts, he has appraised paintings and sculpture in the appraised range of $10-$550,000, individual items of silver in the $40,000 range, clocks in the $30,000 range, and furniture in the $125,000 range. His training at the Winterthur Museum helped him to develop these skills. In addition, he is trained in research and analysis, first as a senior bank-lending officer, and second, as an appraiser. In every assignment, Mr. Clayton continues to develop his skills by identifying and analyzing complete household contents, collections, and family heirlooms. Mr. Clayton’s appraisal business has been developed through personal referral and direct contact with families requiring appraisal of their household contents, primarily for estate tax planning and settlement, donations, divorce and insurance purposes. He has evaluated complete household contents as well as selected individual items.