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Philadelphia Bar Association

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

12:00 PM

Philadelphia Bar Association
11th Floor Conference Center
1101 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Registration Info:
Lunch and registration:
11:30 AM

12:00 PM - 2:15 PM



Monty L. Williams, Esq.
Senior Attorney
Consumer Housing Unit
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia


Hon. Idee C. Fox
Supervising Judge
Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Civil
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Frances R. Beckley, Esq.
Chief Counsel, Revenue Department
Tax Unit
City of Philadelphia Law Department

Catherine M. Martin, Esq.
Homeownership and Consumer Rights Unit
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

Graham O’Neill
Director, Taxpayer Assistance & Credit Programs
Department of Revenue
City of Philadelphia

Best of 2017 CLE

Philadelphia Property Tax Foreclosures: Process & Prevention (a Guide for the Perplexed)

CLE - Philadelphia Property Tax Foreclosures

Co-hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and the Real Property Section

The City of Philadelphia has increased its filing of property tax foreclosures by 1200% in recent years. Many lawyers handle private mortgage foreclosures, but are not familiar with the different rules and procedures involved in defending a property tax foreclosure in Philadelphia.

Experienced panelists will teach you about the basic procedures used in a tax foreclosure case pursuant to the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act (MCTLA), the current Court of Common Pleas procedures that have evolved to handle the increased filings, and the City's brand new Tax Foreclosure Prevention Program created to help preserve Philadelphia's high rate of homeownership while collecting needed revenue for City services.

Panelists will address the following topics, among others:

  • Foreclosure timeline from delinquency to Sheriff's Sale and beyond
  • Explanation of applicable statutory requirements and court procedures for tax foreclosures in Philadelphia, including potential defenses and redemption
  • Overview of Tax Foreclosure Prevention Program: connecting taxpayers to helpful resources
  • Owner-Occupied Payment Agreements: who qualifies and how to apply
  • Other ways to reduce a property tax bill, including an overview of other taxpayer relief programs (e.g., Homestead Exemption, Property Tax Rebate, Senior Tax Freeze)

Attend this program and receive guidance regarding the timeline of tax foreclosure process, City filing procedures, court process, defenses/redemption, as well as, highlighting the Tax Foreclosure Prevention Program.

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