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Troy, NY


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Schenectady, NY


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Tax Cert / Challenging Tax Assessments

Types of TaxesTax certiorari (also known as tax cert) litigation is the process by which property owners can challenge their real estate tax assessment. By reducing your assessment, you can reduce the amount of real estate tax you have to pay.

From our offices in Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs, E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy attorneys have represented business owners’ tax cert cases in the Capital District, Central and Upstate New York and the Lower Hudson River Valley for more than 20 years. We have a record of notable results in tax certiorari and other tax abatement litigation.

Appealing Property Tax Assessments in New York

There are essentially three ways our lawyers can contest your property tax valuation and tax assessment:

  • Talk to the assessor to try to get your case reviewed before the tentative roll is set
  • File for an examination by the Board of Assessment Review
  • File with the New York state courts to challenge the assessment judicially

We will point out specific errors or factors that we believe should result in a reduction in assessed value and taxes. Our tax abatement practice is headed by founding partner David R. Murphy. He is an accomplished trial attorney with more than 35 years of experience in tax appeals and real estate litigation. Mr. Murphy has authored sections of “Review and Reduction of Real Property Assessments in New York” published by the New York State Bar Association.

Our tax cert lawyers offer a variety of fee arrangements, including:

  • 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

As with most law firms that represent taxpayers in certiorari, we also represent a number of municipalities. We believe that our experience on both sides of property assessment appeals helps us find flaws in your assessment, as well as gauge middle ground in out-of-court negotiations.

Albany Property Assessment Attorneys

Contact us to schedule a consultation with our New York tax cert lawyers. We can meet you at one of our four regional offices, or at a location more convenient for you. Call us toll free at (866) 919-9031.