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In Rem Foreclosures

Property tax foreclosures, also known as “in rem” proceedings, are often commenced by local or county government en masse to collect delinquent property taxes. These proceedings are highly technical in nature and a rigorously detailed process must be followed in order for a property to be taken by the municipality and then auctioned to satisfy the delinquent taxes.… Continue Reading

Tax Exemptions

The list of available property tax exemptions in New York State is quite long. Common exemptions apply to new construction, agricultural uses, religious and charitable uses, hospitals, and educational institutions. Exemptions may also be available to veterans, senior citizens, the disabled, and others. Some exemptions are mandatory and some are discretionary.… Continue Reading

Publications

An Interview With Ken Feinberg on Concepts of Valuation and the Administration of the 9/11 Fund, New York State Bar Association Journal, October 2010 (Vol. 82, No. 8). Discovery (and the Lack of it) in Property Tax Appeals, New York State Bar Association Journal, May 2010 (Vol. 82, No. 4). Overseas Tax Strategies: Industry Experts… Continue Reading

Practice Areas

Our law firm represents a broad range of clients that include many of the world’s largest property owners, tenants, and management companies. We also represent a select list of significant local governments. Our services all relate to the same thing: property taxes and the assessment of real estate. This includes the various tools local governments… Continue Reading

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Provide our people and the people we serve with a better experience than they will find anywhere else.… Continue Reading

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Huff Wilkes LLP is a boutique law firm that limits its practice to property tax litigation (certiorari) and advisory services throughout New York State. Our firm philosophy is straightforward:… Continue Reading

Attorneys

Huff Wilkes lawyers are recognized for their legal creativity, sound knowledge of the relevant law, years of strong working relationships with other attorneys, municipal officials, and the courts, and outstanding service to clients.… Continue Reading

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Welcome to Huff Wilkes, LLP. We are dedicated to the fields of property tax and valuation law, serving many of the most sophisticated clients in the world in a broad range of matters. We encourage you to review the “Practice Areas” section of this site to learn more about the types of matters we handle… Continue Reading

Firm Overview

Huff Wilkes LLP is a boutique law firm that limits its practice to property tax litigation (certiorari) and advisory services throughout New York State. Our firm philosophy is straightforward: provide our people and the people we serve with a better experience than they will find anywhere else. We undertake every assignment as if it were… Continue Reading

Illegal Tax Assessments

Perhaps the most common example of an illegal assessment is known as “selective reassessment”, or “welcome stranger”, in which the Assessor has increased a property’s assessment based on a recent purchase price even though no improvements were made and no general revaluation has occurred. We will investigate the circumstances of any assessment increase and, where appropriate, pursue a reduction based upon grounds of illegality.… Continue Reading

Tax Appeals (Certioraris)

Tax certiorari proceedings are not for the faint of heart and are rarely pursued by general practitioners. The rules and deadlines are generally unforgiving and complex, and it is the norm for commercial tax appeals to extend for at least several years before the court approves a reduction in assessment.… Continue Reading