Upon written engagement, Fitzgerald Law Group will take whatever steps are necessary in order to obtain the lowest possible legal property tax assessment. The client is always kept closely advised as to all important developments in the case. After a case is concluded, we continue to monitor the property’s assessments and review the tax bills for accuracy.

Fees
We take great care to ensure that our services are provided at a reasonable cost. When requested, we offer retainer agreements that are customized for each client.

Services
The firm is equipped to handle any type of property tax legal matter. Our services typically include the following:

A physical inspection of the property and an audit of the Assessor’s record card for the purpose of discovering factual errors

An analysis of data relative to the subject property, for the purpose of determining its fair market value.

A report to the client of our findings with specific recommendations as to the most appropriate and cost-effective means of minimizing the assessed valuation.

The preparation, filing of Appeals, and presentation of evidence before the Assessor, Board of Review, Property Tax Appeals Board, or in the Circuit Court, if applicable.

Complimentary advice regarding the probable property tax ramifications of prospective purchases or leases of business or investment grade real estate.

Complimentary advice relating to the procurement of tax incentives or abatements. This is often an overlooked procedure that is commonly available to industrial and commercial owners.

Complimentary advice relating to the procurement of exemptions that are often available to religious or not-for-profit organizations

Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act has changed the way American businesses are run. Accounting firms can no longer certify a client’s financial records and then supply consulting services to that same client. After numerous scandals, Congress has decreed the following:

Internal control is a process affected by an entity’s board of directors, management and other personnel and designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the achievement of objectives in the following categories: reliability of financial reporting and preparation of reliable published financial statements; effectiveness and efficiency of operations and assurance of an entity’s basic business objectives including performance, profitability goals and safeguarding of assets; and compliance with applicable laws and regulations and guarantees of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with those laws to which an entity is subject (Section 404, Sarbanes-Oxley Act).

Fitzgerald Law Group, P.C. performs audits of the Illinois tax appeals process and tax payments all designed to document and support internal controls certification in accordance with Section 404 requirements. These services are available only to non-clients, with the explicit understanding that we will not be providing legal services to the recipient or their subsidiaries for a period of 5 years from the date that the audit assignment has been completed.

Co-counsel
From time to time we are consulted by and even engaged by other property tax attorneys’ who find themselves in the midst of an assessment proceeding and for various reasons, are feeling challenged. Depending upon the need, we are available for an array of services ranging from a complimentary second opinion of your file to conducting an adversarial proceeding.

Pro Bono Program
We offer our services to homeowners whose primary residences have incurred a calamity such as a fire or flood. We also offer services to all activated members of the U.S. Armed Services. Persons interested in such services should contact Fitzgerald Law Group.

Contact Us

For more information about our services:

Fitzgerald Law Group, PC
7035 High Grove Boulevard
Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527
Telephone: (630) 371 – 4000

Other offices in Chicago

E-mail: jpf@fitzgeraldlg.com

Text: 312.346.3000