Areas of Representation
Property Tax Appeal
Contest the appraisal valuations used in property tax assessments
Seek relief after the protest filing deadline through the late file protest process
Pursue judicial relief through filing suit once the administrative process has concluded.
Exemption Denial / Assistance
Assist in securing an exemption on eligible property
Appeal exemption denials or modifications for the current or preceding tax years
Challenge hearing dismissals and obtain relief through the administrative and judicial process.
Handle Motions to correct the appraisal records to secure a property tax reduction
Delinquent Property Tax Representation
Serve as Defense Counsel in Delinquent Tax Lawsuit seeking foreclosure of real estate or recovery of delinquent taxes
My personal and professional outlook has always been that where there's a problem, no matter how daunting, there's always a solution. You just need to find it. With a legal career spanning 25 years now, this remains as true now as it was the day I received my law degree. Experience has consistently proven positive results can be achieved by adhering to certain core principles
CLIENT RELATIONSHIP - The most important duty an attorney has to a client is the attorney-client relationship. At its core, the interests of the client are to be held above the interests of the attorney. It is a standard of stringent loyalty and fairness with respect to a client. The client shall be the foremost focus throughout the entire representation.
COMMUNICATION - Accurate information is the foundation to make the best and most cost-effective decisions. A proactive approach consequently exists when it comes to communication. E-mail, phone, text messaging, and certified mail, are used extensively. This obviously goes both ways. Whether between a client or a third party, being prompt and responsive creates trust which is vital to resolving conflicts.
TECHNOLOGY - Innovation is the new standard when it comes to quality legal representation. Keeping technologically adept keeps costs down, allows quicker turn-around of client matters, and leads to significantly better resolutions. Technology accordingly serves a primary role in firm operations. This includes using up-to-date computer systems, the latest peripherals, current legal software, a robust Document Management System (DMS), a comprehensive accounting system, and a contact relationship management system (CRM).
EXPERIENCE - Knowledge results from experience. And with over a quarter-century of experience to call upon, this is significant. But the law is never static. Keeping abreast of recent changes and developments concerning property tax issues is just as important. This includes attending continuing education classes, being active in professional associations, and networking continually with other tax professionals.
On a personal note, property taxation certainly pales in comparison to the allure and intrigue found in criminal law and similar, high-profile matters which make for great courtroom drama. And yet, I find nothing more satisfying than to help someone surmount a matter that affects us all -- taxes -- one of the two certainties in life.
Michael Saegert, Atty at Law