Hiscock & Barclay
Hiscock & Barclay

Real Property Tax & Condemnation

Real property taxes, business valuations and the possibility of condemnation driven by community development are some of the most significant expenses facing many of our clients. Our attorneys have worked with our clients in saving them millions of dollars in real property taxes, establishing realistic and accurate valuations of their property, and providing negotiating successful outcomes to condemnation proceedings.

Our attorneys have successfully litigated complex condemnation and tax reduction cases for numerous industrial, utility and commercial clients. Our experience in litigating and negotiating these cases spans many decades and covers all forms of real property valuation, including commercial developments, special franchises, electric generating and transmission facilities, industrial facilities, mining operations, and environmentally-damaged properties. We have been on the cutting edge of case law development involving condemnation procedure, real property tax procedure and valuation throughout the state.

We provide clients with creative resolution of real property tax burdens, which often involves complex negotiations with various levels of municipal government and issues of project finance, economic development programs and frequent interaction with industrial development agencies throughout the state. Our attorneys regularly negotiate and craft settlement agreements, which are proactive and meet the needs of our business clients as well as the communities in which they operate. We also have extensive experience in and can assist the taxpayer in obtaining tax exemptions, in determining intangible valuation and functional and economic obsolescence at industrial facilities.

Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the equalization process administered by the state as well as the state’s “advisory appraisal” program which assists municipalities in assessing many of our clients’ properties. Our attorneys have ongoing interaction with both state and local assessors and are intimately familiar with the assessment process throughout the state.