Free Case Evaluation
Free Case Evaluation
We offer our clients the opportunity to visit our offices and meet directly with an attorney prior to engaging our services. We are able to provide this unique free evaluation due to our agile size and a thought process dedicated to providing proper service to clientele. It is understood that a tax problem can be overwhelming. So allow this opportunity, which requires no commitment from you at all, to put you at ease. Your case will be studied carefully and professionally from the very start, then you, the client, can decide whether our firm is the right fit.
The “Educated” Taxpayer
Please adhere to the basic rules of the “Educated” Taxpayer:
Rule 1- Do not be the “good little taxpayer”. The government is not your friend in this matter. Collections officers will try to win your trust with a friendly and innocent demeanor. They are simply trying to win your trust and gain access to your information. These officers are well trained in their art and you simply are not. Do not sign anything, for you may not understand fully what rights you would be waiving.
If officers contact you directly by phone or in person, do not even speak to them. Request a business card and let them know your attorney will be in contact with them.
You require a highly trained professional of your very own who can ensure proper results, taking them on alone will not be to your advantage.
Rule 2- Beware the Schemers. Some firms will catch your attention with the “pennies on the dollar” guarantee. These offers in compromise have been a subject of warning even from the IRS. It is every firm’s goal to reduce the tax or penalties you owe, but there is careful analysis and legal planning that must be utilized.
Rule 3- Attorneys can be like car salesmen. A fancy suit and a smooth talker can go a long way for many clients. These attorneys can carry on a long initial interview and “wow” you with elaborate ideas and insights that purport to give you the answers you need. This attorney is providing advice without investigating the full facts or legal framework of your case and without having taken you on as a client. Asking salient and direct questions can aid in cutting through the haze. If your work will be “managed” by the attorney, inquire specifically how it will be properly managed, and how you will be assured expert service. If another attorney (usually less qualified) will be doing the bulk of the work, request to meet with THAT attorney before retaining the firm.
During the initial meeting, make sure to focus on the attorney’s attitude as well as the manner in which your questions are answered, directly or in a roundabout fashion. The level of maturity and experience of the right attorney is evident easily if you can see past the overblown legal jargon.
In the end you need results. The difference between an attorney talking big and actually making your life better is a most important distinction. Remember to listen carefully to the attorney’s approach and breakdown of your problem. Is it well thought out? Does it seem your problem is fully understood? Is the solution inventive as well as based on hard facts? You need results not a lot of flash and tricks. Beware the salesman.
Goldburd McCone LLP
42 W 38th Street, Suite 901
New York, New York 10018
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