Smith Nicolau, P.C.
162 N. Franklin Street
Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: (312) 634-0734
Fax: (312) 634-0733

Real estate tax valuation and contestation is the foundation of our practice. As the former attorney for the Cook County Assessor in the mid ‘90’s, Mary Nicolau and our team advise on potential tax impacts and actively contest adverse assessments. Our team is not satisfied with results until we are sure that every savings for our clients has been realized. The firm’s valuation expertise is strengthened by its network of valuation professionals, which includes appraisers, economic development consultants, forensic accountants, property managers and the real estate investment community. Additionally, we have implemented a state-of-the-art, on-line interactive system that allows our tax clients to track progress and results throughout the process.

Acquisitions, sales, and development of real estate involve more than trading keys for cash. Each transaction is unique, with its own minefield to traverse. Understanding that minefield through first-hand knowledge as well as legal acumen ensures that our clients receive advice best suited for their transactions. Our attorneys have completed more than $1B of purchase and sales of properties ranging from single-family homes to industrial parks, as well structured vertical separations for urban condominium developments. Smith Nicolau, P.C. takes you through the formation of your entity, drafts Private Placement Memorandums for equity raises, and remains at your side through the completion and disposition of your real estate venture.

Our broad depth of experience handling virtually all types of real estate litigation stems from our Partners not only practicing in this area for more than 50 years combined, but also from the real-world experience developing real estate. The practice includes litigation involving mechanics’ liens, real estate taxation, landlord-tenant disputes, disputes arising in condominium and common interest community associations, contract rescission, construction disputes, zoning issues, actions to quiet title and partition matters. In addition, we represent developers, landlords, tenants, and others involved in financially distressed properties, including reorganization and liquidation through bankruptcy proceedings.

There is no middle ground when re-zoning a parcel of land. Process and pragmatics are the key to achieving results. Having actively participated in the re-write of the City of Chicago Zoning Ordinance in 2002, our partner, David T. Wallach, has a clear understanding of what it takes to achieve the requisite results. Understanding up-front whether a client's need can be met, and communicating the overall potential for achieving the goal requested, allows our clients to make the most informed decisions before venturing down the zoning path.

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