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It’s a Fake!

Forged artwork can seriously compromise a client’s estate.

When you’re helping to settle an estate of a client with a large art collection, it can be very disturbing for the client’s heirs to learn that a piece of work your client owned is a fake. This discovery can drastically change the value of what’s been left to the beneficiaries. Unfortunately, the problem of forged artwork has proliferated in recent years, as improvements in photomechanical reproduction techniques have made it easier for forgers to produce deceptive fake prints. “A real good


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