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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline to appeal?


In October of each year, every Oregonian owning real property receives a tax bill. The taxpayer has until December 31st to file an appeal.


What are your fees?


An initial consultation is free of charge so there is no risk in giving us a call to evaluate your tax assessment. The free consultation does not create an attorney client relationship.


We handle property tax appeals most commonly on a contingent fee basis, which means that we don't get paid unless we win your case by reducing your property taxes. Cases can also be handled on an hourly or flat fee basis. If we agree to represent you on your property tax appeal we will discuss the most appropriate fee agreement for your case.


Where in Oregon do you practice?


Our firm is located in Lane County and a majority of the appeals the firm handles each year are from Lane County. However, Carmichael & Stanton, LLC has also litigated appeals in each of the following Oregon counties:



  • Benton

  • Clackamas

  • Clatsop

  • Columbia

  • Coos

  • Crook

  • Curry


  • Deschutes

  • Douglas

  • Grant

  • Hood River

  • Jackson

  • Jefferson

  • Josephine

  • Klamath

  • Lane

  • Lincoln

  • Linn

  • Malheur

  • Marion

  • Multnomah

  • Polk

  • Tillamook

  • Umatilla

  • Union

  • Wallowa

  • Wasco

  • Washington

  • Yamhill

Will I need to meet with you in person or attend the hearings?


While we are always happy to meet with clients in person, most of the time it is unnecessary. Similarly, it is not necessary for you to attend the local board hearing in the majority of cases. One of many benefits of hiring Carmichael & Stanton, LLC to represent your appeal is you don't have to worry about the case taking time away from your work, school, or family.


How long does a property tax appeal take?


Property tax appeals are resolved much more quickly than the average lawsuit. Generally speaking, 80% or so of the property tax appeal cases our firm handles are resolved by March after a favorable hearing at the county board of property tax appeals.  Board orders unfavorable to the taxpayer may be appealed to the Magistrate Divisison of the Oregon Tax Court, which are typically resolved in less than a year.


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