Gary Smith has always done my Tax Appeals in Cook County. Unlike many attorneys I have worked with, his approach to me and my situation was different. It was glaringly client service oriented versus the typical profit driven approaches I have grown accustomed to.
I filed an appeal representing myself for an Office Space I owned through the Cook County Assessor, and being a layman, I made several mistakes. I reached out to Gary because of a referral from a Business Partner and he immediately worked my case and submitted it for a Re-Review within 24 hours. Gary read the details of my initial Appeal and instead of simply filing for a vacancy Appeal through the Board of Review, which several other attorneys had asked me to do for a quick dollar, he insisted I appeal the market basis of the property. He also explained the reasons why I should take this approach by digging into both the math and the concepts around the Cook County Assessment and the Appeals process.
Gary was never too busy to take calls and field questions I had around process. Although he has many clients, he would call when he had time so that answers can be conveyed elaborately and he was never rushing to get me off the phone. I would not use anyone else for my Cook County Tax Appeals. Gary is both a gentleman and a consummate professional.
Gary Smith does all my property tax work related to the dozen properties I own. He’s been very successful at reducing my property taxes. He’s prompt at returning calls, and is helpful and patient in explaining matters related to assessments. He’s definitely there to get you through the process and reduce tax assessments whenever possible.
Gary has worked with my family for years to successfully get our property taxes lowered. He has done this for not only our multi-unit commercial properties, but also for the all the residents in the condo complex where my parents live. Gary takes the time to answer all questions and explain the details of the appeals process clearly, and he also make certain that we are kept up to date on each stage of the process. I highly recommend him as he is not only a pleasure to deal with, but he has saved my family thousands of dollars!
Gary Smith has done a tremendous job for our credit union, saving us a great deal of money in property taxes on the building we own. That’s particularly important because we’re a not-for-profit organization that represents employer groups, and anytime we can save money, it’s important to our members. A while back, we had to repossess a house we financed, and Gary was successful in convincing the Assessor’s office that the property, which was in very poor shape, deserved a more fair assessment based on its condition at the time. I, personally, switched lawyers and began using Gary on tax matters related to my home. I used to do it myself until it became too complicated and time-consuming. Gary is someone that I highly recommend, and I don’t do that lightly.
Gary has represented me for almost 15 years on a number of residential and mixed use/commercial properties I own. He is very professional, kind, and most importantly, very effective. I appreciate his honesty and straightforwardness. I’ve recommended him to dozens of people. I have nothing but praise for Gary.