NEW YORK STATE
REAL PROPERTY ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS LAW
VALUING INTERESTS IN REAL PROPERTY
Section 401. When interests are valued under this article.
402. Interest rate.
403. Mortality and other tables.
404. Evidence as to ancestry, health and habits of
405. Interest defeasible by remarriage.
406. Computation by superintendent of insurance.
Sec. 401. WHEN INTERESTS ARE VALUED UNDER THIS ARTICLE.
The following interests shall be valued in the manner provided by
(a) an interest in real property dependent as to value upon the
duration of one or more lives in being, whether such
interest is present or future; and
(b) a future interest preceded only by one or more interests
described in clause (a); whenever
1. the owner of such interest is entitled to receive a sum
in gross in satisfaction of, or in compensation for
impairment of, his interest in real property which has
been transformed into a fund by judicial action or
2. ownership of real property is divided into successive
legal interests, including one or more interests
dependent as to value upon the duration of one or more
lives of persons in being, and the fraction of complete
ownership belonging to each partial owner must be
ascertained so as to permit an adjudication of the
fraction of some new capital expenditure required
either for the payment of a mortgage, special
assessment or other lien upon such property, or for the
satisfaction of an obligation imposed by law as an
incident of ownership; or
3. such valuation is necessary for the final determination
of some action or proceeding, other than an action or
proceeding for which the insurance law, the workmen's
compensation law or the tax law prescribes methods of
Sec. 402. INTEREST RATE.
In all valuations made under this article, the interest rate of
four per centum, compounded annually, shall be employed for all
Sec. 403. MORTALITY AND OTHER TABLES.
In all valuations made under this article where such valuation
depends upon the continuance of, or upon the termination of a
life or lives in being, the table of mortality prescribed by
section four thousand two hundred seventeen of the insurance law
for new, ordinary life policies shall be employed in the manner
required by accepted actuarial practice. If, in any case, such
table fails to provide required data, other tables accepted by
actuarial practice may be employed.
Sec. 404. EVIDENCE AS TO ANCESTRY, HEALTH AND HABITS OF
In all valuations made under this article, no significance shall
be given to the ancestry, health or habits of the person whose
life is involved. Each valuation shall be based exclusively on
the actuarial data.
Sec. 405. INTEREST DEFEASIBLE BY REMARRIAGE.
Whenever an interest is defeasible on the remarriage of a person
whose life is involved, this fact of defeasibility may be taken
into account in the valuation of any such interest or of any
interest subject thereto, if justice requires. For this purpose,
the Casualty Actuarial Society's Table on Remarriage or other
tables accepted by actuarial practice shall be employed.
Sec. 406. COMPUTATION BY SUPERINTENDENT OF INSURANCE.
Any court, judge, referee or other judicial or administrative
officer by whom any valuation under this article must be made is
authorized to transmit to the superintendent of insurance such
statement of facts as is necessary to permit the required
computation, and such superintendent shall thereupon make the
computation and, without charge, certify the same to the court or
other officer submitting such statement. Any such certificate
shall be conclusive evidence that the method of computation
adopted therein is correct.