Options for Affording Your Property Tax Appeal
The last thing you need after a tax increase from a property reassessment is a big legal bill for a fruitless appeal. On the other hand, tax abatement litigation is a case of spending money to save money. You may need not only a lawyer but the testimony of independent professionals.
The tax certiorari lawyers of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP, offer a variety of fee arrangements for the sophisticated but cost-effective representation you need. Our experienced lawyers will give you an honest evaluation up front of the likelihood of prevailing in your appeal and an estimate of our fees.
Based in Albany, NY, E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy represents businesses throughout Central and Upstate New York, as well as the Hudson Valley. We have achieved notable results in tax cases in part by being selective. We never encourage prospective clients to throw good money after bad when we know an appeal is bound to fail.
Legal Fees for Tax Certiorari
Our services range from direct negotiations with local assessors to appeals to the Board of Assessment Review and tax certiorari (court challenges). We offer various fee arrangements:
- Contingency fee (percentage of tax savings if we prevail)
- Hourly billing plus expenses
- A blended approach, such as a flat flee retainer plus a percentage of any savings
Contingency fee representation lowers your risk, but may lower the reward after attorney fees and expenses. Many clients are happy to make that trade-off, while others prefer to hire us by the hour in hopes of greater net gain. Either way, we will give you our honest projection of the fees and expenses, and a cost-benefit analysis of your potential tax abatement, so that you can make an informed decision.
New York Leaders in Property Tax Assessment Disputes
Our founding attorney, David R. Murphy, has litigated in tax certiorari for over 35 years, and has authored materials relied upon by attorneys and assessors throughout New York State. Hacker Murphy has the resources to bring in real estate appraisers, business valuation experts and other experts for specialty issues and we have a demonstrated record of success.
We can’t promise a specific result or guarantee to lower your tax bill at all. But we are confident that our firm offers the best chance to win your case if it can be won. Contact us today to arrange a consultation.