Paralegals are NOT authorized to give legal advice, which is considered the practice of law. Practicing law requires admission to the bar, and paralegals are neither educated for that nor eligible for admission to practice. It is, in fact, unlawful to practice without proper licensure. Further, in almost all jobs that means automatic dismissal from employment. Yes, paralegals can be very good and know a fair amount in their particular areas. However, paralegals do NOT have the breadth of knowledge necessary to provide legal advice. The risks of paralegals stepping across the line and practicing without a license -- even just finding a law for a client -- is a huge malpractice risk for the employer, and is one of the biggest reasons many attorneys will not have any paralegals on staff. (And for just a bit more money, they can hire a new attorney admitted to practice, avoiding the risk of unauthorized practice and having a staff person with a breadth and depth of knowledge who is thus less likely to make serious errors and who may be assigned many more tasks.)
Don't pay an attorney!!!
You can do it yourself! It's easy. All you need to do is send in info on similar properties. Get their website off of their notification to you. You can enter anyone's house address.
All you need to do is find simiar properties to yours in your immediate area.
Right down the addresses.
Go to their website.
One at a time ...enter the addresses.
They will give you the code to enter.
Enter the code....the property will pop up.
Compare it to yours. [do yours first and print it out].
If their property is similar to yours....same lot size, same number of stories, etc. and they pay less taxes. Print it out.
I believe now they only ask for three comparisons.
They used to ask for five. Double check that on your notice.
If you know of any City Workers that live on your block, or neighboring block....run their properties....even if a larger house than yours. Theirs for some reason is always lower. Use it as a comparison if is lower.
[for example.....my immediate neighbor retired as a City Electrician Supervisor. We have the EXACT same buildings Two story brick. His was listed as a two story FRAME. He also had central air and rented out the basement. He paid $800.00 a year less than I did. I printed his out and used it for a comparison.]
I have five properties. I did it all myself and won four out of the five appeals.
If you don't have a computer, go to the public library and have them help you.
Please!! Don't give away more of your money to some attorney who will do the same thing you can do.