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Property Tax Disputes

New York Tax Cert Attorney

Tax 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.

Based in Albany, Hacker Murphy, LLP, has represented business owners' tax cert cases in the Capital District, Central and Upstate New York and the Lower Hudson River Valley for over 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 our office in Albany or at a location more convenient for you. Call (866) 919-9031.

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  • James E. Hacker

    Jim has a reputation second to none in personal injury law. His record of verdicts and settlements is very impressive.

  • David R. Murphy

    David heads our commercial real estate and property tax law division. He has written extensively in the area of tax certiorari & more.

  • John F. Harwick

    Our business collection efforts are led by partner John Harwick. He has practiced in commercial litigation for more than 15 years. has extensive experience regarding real property executions, sheriff's sales and other collection-related topics.

  • Patrick L. Seely Jr.

    Patrick handles Property Tax Litigation and eminent domain and condemnation proceedings for land owners and municipal authorities alike.

  • Cathy L. Drobny

    Cathy works in Property Tax Litigation before Administration Boards of Assessment Review and the New York State Courts.

Location Albany, NY

Hacker Murphy, LLP
7 Airport Park Boulevard
Latham NY 12110

Phone: 518-213-3710
Toll Free: 866-919-9031
Fax: 518-783-8101
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Hacker Murphy, LLP
99 Pine Street, Suite 108
Albany NY 12207

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