Katchen Company announced it has formed a strategic alliance with Expert Consulting Service, Inc. (ECS) whereby ECS will provide marketing and support administrative services for Katchen Company’s Expert Witness division.
An Expert Witness is a specialist in a subject who has knowledge not normally possessed by the average person. The law states that for a person to be recognized as an Expert Witness they must possess the education, training or experience in the topic that they are testifying about. While an attorney can be a strong expert witness in some real estate related matters, a practicing real estate professional might be a better choice for matters that relate to operational issues dealing with “Best Practices” and “Standard of Care”. These are areas where years of practical experience are far superior to academic training. When
considering an Expert Witness to help support your case take into consideration the real life experiences a real estate professional can bring to the litigation process.
Litigation support is provided by a Consulting Expert who is in a position to advise and assist the attorney on achieving the best outcome for their client. While the qualifications to be an Expert Witness and Consulting Expert are identical, the Consulting Expert can be more subjective in their determinations; however, if an attorney retains a Consulting Expert to assist with a case the Consulting Expert may not latter be used as an Expert Witness to testify in court on that case. A consulting expert can assist counsel from the beginning of the dispute with case assessment to determine if there is sufficient cause to justify the case. The Consulting Expert can also work throughout the case to assist in identifying documents to request in discovery and assisting in formulating questions for the interrogatories and depositions.