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Do I have to attend the tax appeal hearing?

If you hire an attorney to represent you, most likely you will not have to attend the hearing. This is highly fact dependent however. The vast majority of cases are settled beforehand between your attorney and the municipal Tax Assessor and don’t require a trial before the Tax Board. However if the Assessor makes no offer to settle your case, or if the offer is too low, it may be in your best interest to try the case.

Although it is not absolutely necessary that you appear at this trial, it is highly recommended that you attend. You are the only person other than an appraiser who can present factual testimony on your own behalf at the trial. If you have retained an appraiser to support your case, it becomes far less important that you attend the trial.

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