Valuation Law

When it comes to tax appeals, our firm is a leading source of legal advice for Fairfield County and beyond.

Based in Stamford, CT, Cacace, Tusch & Santagata is recognized as one of the leading sources of representation for property valuation in the state of Connecticut.  With two partners, Michael Cacace and Ron Kowalski, who have been litigating real estate tax appeals and condemnation appeals for over twenty years, our firm is trusted by property owners throughout Connecticut for its ability to successfully pursue valuation disputes.

Attorneys Cacace and Kowalski serve as Affiliate Members of the Connecticut Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. They lecture on valuation topics for the Connecticut Bar Association and the Appraisal Institute, and have authored articles on revaluation issues for the New England Real Estate Journal and other publications. Both serve as Special Masters for Tax Appeals in the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Stamford/Norwalk, and are Affiliate Members of the Appraisal Institute.

Do you have property that has been overassessed for municipal real estate taxes?

We represent owners of significant commercial and residential properties including multi-tenant office buildings and multi-building complexes, corporate office parks, shopping centers, department stores, industrial and manufacturing facilities, multi-unit apartment buildings, waterfront and high-end residences, mixed-use developments, undeveloped land and forest land. We appear regularly before municipal tax assessors, boards of assessment appeal, and in the Superior Court to appeal property tax assessments.

The vast majority of our tax appeals’ and valuation cases are resolved by way of settlement prior to judgment. However, we aggressively try cases to conclusion when that is necessary to pursue our clients’ best interests.

Are you in a dispute over the value of real estate, a business or an estate?

Property valuation often comes to the forefront during business disputes, estate disputes, condemnations, and eminent domain takings. Property valuation can also be essential to the pursuit or defense of a foreclosure.  Often the equitable distribution of an estate in a Divorce or Probate dispute depends on the valuation of disputed property.  Commercial disputes can arise involving privately held businesses that are subject to conflicting opinions on valuation.  Our attorneys work closely with valuation experts, including appraisers, most of whom have the MAI (Member of the Appraisal Institute) designation.  Our knowledge of Connecticut’s appraisal community connects us to a network of highly qualified experts to call upon when a property valuation case arises.

Our attorneys regularly advise clients on issues related to property taxes and appear before local boards of assessment appeals, as well as Connecticut courts, to handle the following matters:

  • Tax appeals
  • Tax valuation
  • Condemnation
  • Foreclosures
  • Commercial lease litigation
  • Eminent domain
  • House values
  • Estate valuation
  • Commercial determination of fair market values
  • Property taxes
  • Personal property tax audits
  • Business valuation

Regardless of the context in which your property valuation issue arises, in order to achieve the most favorable result, the dispute should be evaluated and handled by counsel with a thorough knowledge of the different techniques for property valuation and how best to apply that valuation to the applicable law. Cacace, Tusch & Santagata has the knowledge to provide you with the most effective representation in your valuation dispute.

Contact Cacace, Tusch & Santagata in Stamford, CT

Cacace, Tusch & Santagata provides legal advice to clients across Connecticut for issues that include family court, real estate, landlord-tenant matters, criminal law, business law, and much more. See all our Practice Areas here. Cacace, Tusch & Santagata covers it all – contact us at (203) 327-2000 today!

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