Huff Wilkes LLP is a nationally-recognized New York law firm that focuses entirely on the full range of property tax and related local government finance matters throughout New York State, particularly as they relate to disputes over the valuation of any type and use of real estate.
Clients include many of the largest institutional owners in the world; private local real estate investors, users, and tenants; developers; real estate investment trusts; lenders; homeowners; and property management companies. Our firm also serves as counsel to selected municipalities, and as real estate advisors to governments in developing markets around the world.
Our lawyers bring to the firm a wealth of real estate and municipal experience, as well as seasoned professional relationships with the officials, experts, and practitioners prominent in our areas of practice. As a result, our clients receive a level of service and experience that allows them to pursue their objectives efficiently.
In addition to property tax litigation in the New York State courts on a daily basis, our attorneys provide opinions and strategy in connection with tax planning activities; economic development and incentives; tax foreclosure (“in rem”) proceedings; major acquisitions; governmental policy; and equalization and assessment matters. We also enjoy the benefit of a national network of leading property tax attorneys and can provide our large-portfolio clients with the representation required wherever their properties may be located in the nation.
In addition to tax certiorari, our property tax practice is a national leader in areas such as:
- Municipal revaluations
- In rem foreclosures
- User fees
- Tax Exemptions
- State equalization rates and assessment ratios
- School district segment rates
- Board of Assessment Review practices and procedures
- Legal valuation methodology
- Special franchise and utility taxation
- Assessment records maintenance
- Tax rates
- Tax projections and forecasting
- Issues in separating intangible and personal property value from realty value
We have many years of experience litigating complex valuation issues involving different types of properties and property owners, including: major office complexes and portfolios; real estate investment trusts; hotels, motels, and hotel franchises; retail establishments and “super malls”; nursing homes and assisted living facilities; restaurants; resort properties; golf courses; country clubs; utility properties; apartment complexes, condominiums, and cooperatives; vacant land; and other projects.
In addition, we have litigated property tax matters involving environmental contamination, PILOT assessments, exemptions, business enterprise value, lodging valuation, capital improvements, Fair Housing Act challenges to revaluation, new construction, conservation easements, land under water, and many others.