Real Property Taxation

Adams Bell Adams attorneys have distinguished themselves in the ad valorem tax field, representing industrial and commercial taxpayers, as well as taxing authorities, since 1983.  The firm has counted among its clients several Fortune 500 companies as well as some of the largest towns and school districts in Western New York.  With attorneys who have practiced in this arena for more than 30 years, Adams Bell Adams is well versed in the procedures and timetables required to preserve and effectively present or defend ad valorem tax protests to assessors, boards of assessment review and the courts.  Real property valuation work requires not only the necessary legal skills but also the help of qualified appraisers and other professionals.  In this regard, Adams Bell Adams works with a network of valuation experts with regional, national and even international experience who enable us to bring the right skills to each client's case.

Often we can achieve the results our client's desire through negotiation or through active participation before administrative assessment review boards.  But when litigation is necessary our real property tax practitioners have been both creative and effective, as exemplified by a civil rights suit we brought on behalf of one Fortune 500 taxpayer, or by a RICO action we brought on behalf of one of New York's largest towns, both of which led to favorable settlements.

Samples of our work in this area in the reported cases may be seen on our Litigation Services page.