Other satisfied Murphy clients have used (or
considered using) a law firm or attorney to handle their appeals
process. Again this may be an effective course of action, depending
upon your situation. Most attorneys perform a variety of appeals,
not necessarily just commercial property tax appeals. If so, you
should ask yourself the following:
- Does this attorney or firm have significant
experience in real estate tax appeal matters?
- Is the attorney or firm willing to work on
a contingency? Or will legal fees be incurred at an hourly charge
or pursuant to a retainerwithout any cap, regardless of
their success in handling your matter?
- Will my attorney have to hire an outside valuation
expert (e.g. a licensed appraiser)? If so, would additional costs
- Would the involvement of my attorney likely
mean the case would go to court---or through extended litigationat
unnecessary expense and time?
- If my attorney were overzealous in my representation,
would it alienate the assessor? If so, could that mean that the
only opportunity for a favorable outcome would be a protracted
appeal through the court system be?
- Do you have assurances that your attorney
does not have any prospective conflicts of interest (e.g. rezoning
clients) on other projects that could impact your property?
it make sense to save on professional fees and handle my own tax
I evaluate an experienced outside tax consultant?