Jones Pyatt Law:

Experience-Driven. Client-Focused.

Jones Pyatt Law, LLC is a law firm focused on tax and real estate services throughout the United States. The firm was established in July 2015 by Paul Jones. As of February 1, 2021, April Sparks Pyatt joined the firm as a partner and chair of real estate services. Prior to joining the firm, April was a partner at Ice Miller LLP. Paul is a partner and chair of the firm’s tax services practice. Paul is a tax attorney with 20 years’ experience representing clients in real estate tax appeals, exemptions, and incentives in the Midwest. For more than two decades, April has provided legal counsel to clients in commercial real estate matters in Indiana and throughout the United States.

The firm is comprised of a full-service team of experienced and trusted professionals with broad experience in tax matters, valuation, real estate transactions, and related areas. The firm’s clients are based across the United States and range from Fortune 500 companies to small business owners. The firm’s primary goal is to deliver excellent service to our clients by providing a high level of responsiveness and trusted advice, by providing flexible fee arrangements, and by achieving favorable results for clients, whether by negotiation and settlement, litigation, or the closing of transactions.

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Legal & Real Estate Services

The firm provides tax, legal and real estate counsel on broad array of other matters, including:

Real Estate Tax Appeals, Negotiation & Litigation

One of our firm’s primary practice areas is representing clients in real estate tax appeals negotiation and litigation in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan, and we have a network of property tax consultants and attorneys to assist clients with appeals in other states on a national basis.

Real Estate Tax Estimates & Analysis

Our firm provides real estate tax estimate letters and analysis to our clients when they are developing, acquiring, or selling properties.

Real Estate Tax Exemptions

Our firm routinely represents nonprofit organizations, including public charities, private foundations, and other tax-exempt entities in the property tax exemption application process.

Personal Property Tax Audits

Our firm represents and advises clients in connection with personal property tax audits, litigation, and assessments.

Real and Personal Property Tax Abatements and Deductions

Our firm works with clients to obtain and maintain abatements and other types of property tax deductions to make sure the benefits are received and maximized. We provide advice and representation in all stages of this process, including the application process and compliance.

Business Dispute Resolution

Given our background in resolving assessment disputes and our familiarity with various tax credit, tax abatement and incentive programs, our firm is increasingly engaged by clients to represent them in contractual disputes with vendors or business partners.

Tax Sale Litigation and Resolution

Our firm represents clients in resolving tax sale issues and having properties removed from tax sale. This scope of work includes both settlement negotiations with the county officials as well as litigation in the local courts, when required.

Nonprofits and Exempt Organization

In addition to real estate tax exemptions, our firm provides advice and representation to nonprofits concerning federal tax exemption, corporate governance, and contractual agreements. We serve as outside general counsel to several charities and foundations.

New Markets Tax Credits

Our firm represents clients in obtaining a wide range of tax credits and incentives, including New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs). The NMTC program provides tax credit equity financing primarily for real estate projects located in qualified low-income census tracts.

Opportunity Zones

We represent investors and developers in all aspects of the Opportunity Zone program, which provides investors in qualified opportunity funds with tax benefits for investing in qualified opportunity zone businesses.

Local Counsel Opinions and Advice

We provide local counsel (borrower’s counsel) representation to clients when needed, including review and negotiation of transaction documents as well as legal opinions.

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits

We are experienced with assisting clients in obtaining historic tax credit incentives and historic preservation initiatives, including the use of Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits (HRTCs).

State Tax Credits

We represent new and fast-growing businesses and assist them in obtaining various state business incentives and grants, including workforce training grants, employee expansion tax credits, business investment tax credits, among others.

Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

We represent clients in all aspects of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, including entity formation, LIHTC applications and QAP review, deal and tax structuring, financial review, syndication, re-financing, re-syndication, partnership agreement review, and exit transactions.

Real Estate Financing

Our firm represents clients with virtually all aspects of equity and debt financing of real estate.

Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions

Our firm routinely represents sellers and purchasers of all asset classes in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, including the acquisition and disposition of multi-family projects, retail shopping centers, industrial buildings, office buildings and mixed-used projects.

Commercial Leasing

We have broad experience in commercial leasing matters, including representation of owners and tenants in commercial leasing transactions throughout the United States, and with respect to all asset classes.

Distressed Real Estate and Restructuring

Our team is equipped to assist investors and owners in distressed real estate situations, including foreclosures and tax sales. We have experience in workouts, restructuring debt and financing, loan assumptions and note purchases, deed-in-lieu of foreclosures, and other foreclosure matters.

Economic Development and Redevelopment

In addition to our experience helping clients utilize NMTCs, LIHTCs, HRTCs, we work with nonprofit and for-profit clients on community and economic development projects, including community land trusts, tax increment financing, and public-private partnerships.

Entity Formation and Ownership Structure

Our firm provides our clients with advice and assistance regarding entity selection and ownership structures for real estate projects and the advantages and liabilities relating thereto, including tax and liability issues.

Real Estate Development, Construction and Management

We represent owners, developers, construction companies, property management companies and governmental entities in all aspects of developing, constructing and operating various types of real estate projects.

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