Fees Explained

Two Levels of Representation — Two Fee Levels

Two levels of representation are provided – an appeal to the Board of Equalization and, if the result obtained is not satisfactory, an appeal to the Superior Court, which is rare but sometimes advisable. In either case, we can file the appeal for you initially or takeover an appeal that you have filed.

Board of Equalization Administrative Representation

  • Administration Fee

    $350

  • Contingency Fee

    25% of first year tax savings
    (as calculated below)

  • Appraisal

    N/A

  • Court Fees

    N/A

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Superior Court Jury or Bench Trial Representation

  • Administration Fee

    None

  • Contingency Fee

    If I take your appeal to the Superior Court, my fee is payable only if I get a reduction for you
    (as calculated below)

  • Appraisal

    Cost varies.
    You have the right to approve any appraisal fee/cost prior to same being incurred. It is  advisable to have our own appraiser, since the county will have at least one appraiser – sometimes two.   (see details below)

  • Court Fees

    There is an initial filing fee paid to the clerk of court and, if the appeal is not settled, we would need to retain a court reporter.*

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Fee Details:

Board of Equalization

Administration Fee: $350

Contingency Fee: 25% of the first year’s savings achieved, calculated by taking the reduction amount we achieved for you times 40%, which gives you the taxable portion of the reduction amount; multiply that times the millage rate; multiply the product by 25%. The new assessment achieved for you is good for the tax year appealed plus two more years. I do not participate in your savings for year two or three.

Superior Court

Administration Fee: None

Contingency Fee: Contingency Fee: If I do not get you a reduction, you will not owe me any attorney fee for taking your appeal to the Superior Court.  If I do get a reduction for you, depending on the percentage of reduction achieved, my fee will be calculated in one of two ways.  You can see the two ways explained in great detail by clicking HERE.

Appraisal Fee: We select the appraiser based upon his or her experience with both the type of property and the county in which the property is located. You approve the appraisal cost prior to incurring any expense with an appraiser. Appraisal costs vary depending on the size of the property and the complexity of the appraisal. We do not work with just one appraiser – we choose the right appraiser for your particular type of property and one who has a great track record. The county will have 1 or 2 certified residential appraisers on staff testifying to the value of the property, so the right choice of an independent appraiser testifying on your behalf and working with Walter Hotz is of paramount importance. Being able to choose the best appraiser for your particular type of property and one very familiar with the area within which your property is located versus being saddled with an in-house appraiser – has proven invaluable in achieving the greatest reductions.

*Because of Walter Hotz’s tax appeal experience and trial background, he has been successful in negotiating satisfactory settlements in 90% of all of his Superior Court cases.