Services & Solutions for Simple & Stress-Free Personal Property Valuation & Settlement

We invite you to review our new suite of services designed specifically for trusts and estates.

Prevent and resolve personal property disputes in trusts & Estates

The problem: The process of fairly dividing tangible personal property can become unnecessarily costly for families that fail to itemize such assets in their estate plans.

Furniture, fine art, collectibles, wine and other valuable personal properties often trigger disputes within families in the midst of settling estates. The costs of these conflicts can be severe, inflicting thousands of dollars in legal fees and worse – they also can provoke feelings of bitterness and resentment.

Beneficiaries may have powerful emotional attachments to such physical objects, particularly if they have been in the family for more than a generation. These attachments could lead to unrealistic perceptions regarding value, misguiding the beneficiary to the point of second-guessing a trustee's own estimations.

The solution: Corporate and private trustees and estate executors rely on Bryson for customized, state-of-the-art solutions for identifying, appraising, and distributing valuable personal assets in trusts and estates, conveniently rendered through a first-of-its-kind online app that stores all property in one digital place – privately and securely.

Be Organized

Avert conflict through planning: The Bryson digital app can automatically manage tangible personal property based on executor, administrator, or fiduciary preferences, and deliver an updated memorandum about these assets to include in a will or trust.

Easily access inventories: Our personalized collection management system provides round-the-clock
access, from anywhere. Our secure system enables parties to share inventory with beneficiaries and professional advisors – seamlessly and privately. 


Be Prepared

Divide property peacefully: Heirs may share their inheritance selections and preferences with discretion. Trustees can view these selections in real time to spot differences and anticipate disputes among beneficiaries. Armed with vital information, trustees can manage expectations to solve problems before they manifest.

Uphold fiduciary responsibilities to maintain trust: The Bryson app provides access to appraisal services, empowering trustees to obtain the appropriate insurance to protect tangible personal property during the administration of an estate. 

Formulate a plan A: With advance knowledge of beneficiary preferences, trustees can divide and distribute tangible assets amicably and according to their own wishes. No need for plan B.


Be Knowledgeable

Maximize proceeds through intelligent liquidation: Advanced understanding of asset values ensures greater profits when selling specialty objects, while also enabling trustees to leverage Bryson’s relationships with auction houses, galleries and private dealers – for the most lucrative consignment options.

Avoid overpaying (and underpaying) on taxes and insurance: Bryson provides a comprehensive view of asset value, including how valuables such as fine art, wine, jewelry and collector cars may affect tax liability and financial risk. So, no unwelcome surprises. 

The Appraisal Process: What to Expect


Why choose Bryson?

For 100% Compliance

  • Complete confidentiality for peace of mind.
    • Personal privacy is assured in accordance with the guidelines of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB Act or GLBA).
    • Security is protected through bank-level encryption – standard to our platform.
  • We meet Internal Revenue Service and Appraisal Foundation criteria in every report we prepare in connection
     with a tax return.
  • We are insured and bonded as part of our professional commitment to our clients.

For Professional Excellence

  • Bryson offers a patent pending method for identifying and valuing specialty properties.
  • Reviewed valuations are submitted in conjunction with a tax return.
  • We employ a broad network of industry-leading appraisers representing a breadth of subject matter expertise.
    • We require all of our appraisers to meet the highest qualifications, and provide our active appraisers with continuing education.
    • Our client-facing team is trained to emphasize compassion, empathy, confidentiality, and integrity.

For Price Transparency

  • No surprises: Predictable costs are quoted upfront – so you are not guessing how many billable hours will appear on your final invoice.
  • Our fees are competitive with the industry.
  • We are mindful of client expectations.

For Full Service

  • We offer a breadth of services ranging from custom catalogs to flat-fee brokerage.
  • Our service suite addresses specific client needs for tax, gift, and estate planning, financial risk management, and legacy cultivation.

For Empowerment Tools

  • Access your information online anytime, anywhere, in print, web, and mobile formats through STASH, our proprietary online productivity app available exclusively to our clients.
    • Store all information relating to the properties in a single organized inventory report.
    • Track inventoried properties by location, value, category, and more.
    • Assess the selections of your beneficiaries through an in-app scoring system that measures, in degrees, their preferences for specific objects. 
    • Easily apply your own methodology for beneficiary distribution and record beneficiary selections to more responsibly support your decisions.