Experienced Representation For More Than 30 Years

Challenging Your Property Taxes

Property taxes are based on assessed value; an excessive tax assessment of your property will cause inflated property taxes. This inflation not only creates greater expense for you, but it can also drastically affect the profitability or marketability of your property.

The Law Offices of Michael J. Hughes has spent 30 years helping residential and commercial property owners of a wide variety of properties ensure that their property tax assessments, and their resulting property tax bills, are accurate. We work hard to ensure that our clients pay only their fair share of taxes.

The Law Offices of Michael J. Hughes has successfully obtained reductions in property taxes for various types of commercial, industrial, and residential properties including, but not limited to, the following:

Private residences

Retail properties/plazas


Hospitals/Medical buildings

Office buildings

Car dealerships

Oil and gas properties

Nursing homes

Exempted properties

Apartment buildings


Funeral homes

Animal sanctuaries

Storage facilities

Time Is Limited! Act Now To Challenge Excessive Property Taxes

For property owners with excessive property taxes, time is money. Property tax challenges have short, strict deadlines which occur once a year. If you miss the deadline for this year, you will have to wait until next year’s property tax cycle to challenge and reduce your property taxes.

New York State Law provides a very specific administrative and legal process for challenging tax assessments and reducing property taxes. The process is technical and complex, especially for commercial properties, with traps for the unwary. It is important to work with an experienced lawyer who understands the complexities of property tax assessment challenges. We handle every aspect of your case, from initial grievance, to appeal, to settlement, to trial (when necessary; most cases settle before trial). Contact us for a free consultation if you suspect your assessment is too high.

We Obtain Relief For Most Property Owners Within The First Year

We recognize that taxes are on ongoing expense for properties, and we pursue cases aggressively to get you relief as soon as possible. Most of our case are resolved within the first year! This is due to our diligence, experience, and careful attention to detail.

Let Our Experience Work For You

Michael J. Hughes has spent over thirty years representing individual and corporate property owners, four years representing the City of Buffalo, and six years representing the Town of Cheektowaga as sole special counsel, as well as representing other municipalities and school districts throughout New York State on a case-by-case basis. The firm has handled hundreds of cases for municipalities, and more for individual and corporate owners. Our experience working on both sides of assessment cases gives us an in-depth understanding of how each side approaches these cases, and allows us to use that knowledge to take appropriate action on behalf of our clients.

Free Consultations. Contingency Fee Representation. Call (716)-262-9694 Today.

Call (716)-262-9694 or contact us online today for a free consultation. The Law Offices of Michael J. Hughes PLLC handles most property tax assessment cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not pay any attorney’s fees unless and until we are successful for you.