Grande Arabesque, Deuxième Temps by Edgar Degas during the European Art and Old Masters auction

Trusts and Estates

Freeman's provides comprehensive and personalized support for the planning and management of a collection throughout its entire life cycle.

Our Full Range of Advisory Services


Freeman’s Trusts and Estates team acts as a trusted partner and dedicated contact for fiduciaries, law firms, executors, wealth managers, beneficiaries, and private clients seeking guidance and assistance with the valuation and selling of individual works and large, multi-category collections. When the time for disposition of tangible assets arises, we strategically devise sale and marketing plans that are fully customized to meet key deadlines, honor legacy wishes, and maximize return on investment.


Freeman’s Trusts and Estates team works in close collaboration with our Appraisals Department and experienced specialists to provide a full range of timely valuation services, including:

  • Auction estimates

  • Preparations for collections that may come to market in the future

  • Appraisals for a variety of collection needs: 

    • Estate Tax
    • Equitable Distribution
    • Gift Tax
    • Insurance
    • Non-Cash Charitable Donation
    • Loan Collateral 


Estate Settlement and Liquidation

Freeman’s Trusts and Estates team works in close partnership with clients and those that represent them to provide options for the comprehensive liquidation of estates. We present “clean sweep” solutions tailored to your estate settlement needs, including timely valuations, options for the sale of select items at Freemans as well as tertiary auction outlets, and flexible fee structures to maximize returns, all overseen by a Trusts and Estates account manager.




Whether helping to manage a varied estate or facilitating the sale of a single work of art, Freeman's provides expertise, access to a vast network of trusted resources, and exceptional client service.






Contact a Representative


Thomas McCabe IV

SVP | Business Development, Interim Head of Trust and Estates



Grace Fitts


Grace Fitts

Director | Private Collections and Client Relations



Frequently Asked Questions

Give our team a call or send some general photographs (iPhone photos are great!) This will help us get a sense of the scope of the collection or types of works included. Our team will be in touch to provide guidance from there

If you are looking to sell items at auction, Freeman’s is happy to provide complimentary auction estimates. Auction estimates are a range of values that reflect current market conditions for a specific work or collecting category. If you are looking for a singular value for insurance coverage or estate tax filings, our Appraisals team will be happy to work with you on creating these formal reports.

It’s always helpful to keep records or receipts of when and/or where works were purchased. It’s also a good idea to keep collections insured and inventoried.

It depends on the scope of the collection. We’re sensitive to current CDC and city-wide guidelines related to Covid-19 restrictions, so will work with you to figure out the best option based on what you have. Photos are often a great starting point for giving our team a sense of the categories covered in the collection.

Yes, absolutely. Freeman’s Trusts & Estates team is happy to provide a variety of recommendations to experts in niche collecting areas (such as coins or vintage fashion) or to alternative auction outlets in the tri-state area.