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People Ask Us...

Why are my real estate taxes so high, and what can I do about it?

Your property taxes are mainly a product of the fair market value that the Assessor has given your property. Generally, the higher the Assessor’s value for your property, the higher your property taxes will be. We will advocate aggressively on your behalf to make sure that your property is assessed fairly, and that your taxes are as low as possible. Contact us for a complimentary evaluation of your property tax situation.


What are the chances of success if I hire Shudnow & Shudnow, Ltd.?

Success in your property tax appeal hinges on having attorneys with proper legal and financial skills coupled with aggressive instincts. The attorneys of Shudnow & Shudnow, Ltd. possess these traits and will not let unfair tax assessments stand.

Success is much more likely when attorneys obligate themselves to file at all levels of review. Unlike many property tax attorneys and tax consultants who only file at the Assessor's office and the Board of Review, we obligate ourselves to go all the way with our cases. When appropriate, we do not hesitate to file at the Property Tax Appeal Board or file a Specific Tax Objection in the Circuit Court. Although it is more work, and requires more expertise, we believe that every client is important and deserves the best and most aggressive representation. Contact us for a complimentary evaluation of your property tax situation.


I filed an appeal at the Assessor's Office or Board of Review and was denied relief.
What should I do?

Many times individuals contact our office after they have unsuccessfully attempted to reduce their property taxes on their own or through other legal counsel. The lack of success at earlier levels of review is usually due to a lack of understanding of controlling legal principles, general assessment guidelines, and fundamental accounting principles, that if properly implemented, could have led to a much larger reduction in their property tax bill.

Once the Assessor or Board of Review has issued an unfavorable decision, it is essential that you contact us quickly to appeal your assessment at the next level of review. There is usually only a brief period of time (30 days) to file at the next level of review. Contact us for a complimentary evaluation of your property tax situation.


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