What To Expect

Patricia H. Atwood ASA, principal of Timely Antique Appraisals LLC, says that the goal of a personal property appraisal is to help people document the value of objects. An independent appraiser does this to help with estate planning, tax filing, insurance coverage and claim resolution or equitable division of property.

Patricia H. Atwood, ASA


Qualified, written appraisals that comply both with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and with the standards of the American Society of Appraisers. In the greater Chicago area: consulting and practical help for executors and trust officers related to the disposition of personal property. Nationwide: support services for museums and specialty collectors. I also help clients find qualified appraisers for unusual items.


Generalist with experience appraising for estates and division of property, charitable donations, insurance coverage and damage/loss. Clients include individuals, trustees, executors, museums. Property appraised includes specialty collections, antiques, household contents, decorative arts, and clocks.

Ethics and Confidentiality

My business is helping people document the value of objects by offering confidential, unbiased, independent reports and advice. In keeping with strict ethical guidelines about conflict of interest, I am not a dealer or auctioneer and do not buy or sell. I also do not accept "finder's fees" from auction houses.