Allegheny County Property Assessments were released on December 27, 2011. These assessments are appealable. If you wish to appeal, Behrend & Ernsberger, P.C. is the ideal law firm for you. Attorney Kenneth Behrend is a former member of the Board of Assessment and is the author of How to Appeal your Assessment.

The most recent news is that Allegheny County assessments will cause significant tax increases. For example, residents of Lawrenceville could see their tax bill increase by $1100! Other neighborhoods in Pittsburgh may be similarly hit hard.

Property assessments in the city of Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver must be made by February 20, 2012. An informal appeals process requires an appeal to be taken by January 13, 2012. An informal appeal may not challenge the actual assessment amount.

How does a property owner protect his or her rights? The property owner must take a protective appeal before the appeals deadline. A protective appeal is a precautionary appeal filed when someone might otherwise lose the right to appeal and must preserve uncertain or contingent rights. Therefore, if you believe that the upcoming assessment in Allegheny County will adversely affect you, filing a protective appeal is the first step to preserve your rights.

If you need assistance in appealing your assessment, Attorney Kenneth Behrend and his law firm, Behrend and Ernsberger, P.C. can help protect your rights before the deadline. Call the law firm of Behrend and Ernsberger, P.C. at (412) 391-2515 to preserve your right to appeal the assessment of your property today!