Property Tax Appeals

Contingency Based Appeals for Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate

Typical Commercial Real Estate Categories

We Review and Appeal


Any Income Producing Property


Owner Occupied or Leased Buildings


Expert Affordable Housing Appeals

Mixed Use

Properties With Multiple Use Types


Stand Alone or Strip Mall


Full Service Property Tax Appeal


If you disagree with your property assessment, Wisconsin §70.47 grants you the right to appeal. Challenging the property assessment can be a time-consuming process, during which you must collect market data for your presentation, meet with the assessor, respond to important deadlines, submit legal paperwork, and be ready to make your case before the Board of Review if necessary.



Should You Appeal Your Own Assessment?


By contesting your assessment you can enjoy lower property taxes. However, this can be a laborious affair warns Consumer Affairs: “To appeal the assessed value and related property tax, prepare yourself for a tough row. You may even have to appeal an initial rejection…Even if the process is free if you go it alone, you may need the help of a real estate agent, realty attorney or other licensed professional to assist you gathering some of the evidence you’ll need to make your case”.



We Handle The Appeal Process For You

  • Step 1 – Review Your Assessment: We begin by collecting the necessary data for review.
  • Step 2 – Analyze the Collected Data: We compare your assessment to the Market using Acceptable Appraisal Practice.
  • Step 3 – Create a Valuation Report: If our value conclusion is lower than your assessment by an unreasonable amount, we’ll start the appeal by creating a report that complies with Wisconsin Law and Acceptable Appraisal Practice.
  • Step 4 – We Represent You: This step starts with contacting the assessor to set up meetings, and continues through all stages of the appeal through the Board of Review hearings.
  • Step 5 – We Work With Experienced Attorneys: We strive to avoid litigation, however, if it becomes necessary to continue the appeal we work with attorneys that are familiar with the process.

Frequenty Asked Questions

What percentage of tax savings is the contingency fee?

The fee can range from 25% up to 50% of the savings depending on the type of property and potential amount of work involved. The typical fee is 1/3 of First Year Savings.

How are the contingency fees calculated?

The fees are calculated based on the difference in estimated taxes from the original assessed value, to the revised value. The estimated taxes are determined by multiplying the previous year’s tax rate by the original and revised values. If the municipality is undergoing a revaluation, an estimated rate will be applied.

How long is the appeal process?

We strive to get appeals settled in the current year, though if the appeal goes to litigation, the process can take up to 3 years or more.

How often do appeals go into litigation?

In our experience, litigation is rare and has occurred on less than 2% of our appeals.

Are attorney fees included in the contingency fee?

For current year legal advice, there will be no separate fees for an attorney, however, for litigation most attorneys will not work on a contingency fee and their work would be charged separately.


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McFarland, WI  53558

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