Deciding to hire a tax litigator is an important decision that should be considered carefully. Just as when hiring any type of professional, there are specific qualities that one should look for when hiring such an individual.
Patience And Organization Are Key
There are thousands of tax attorneys out there, and you should not simply retain the first one you talk with. Doing some research is the first step towards finding the right tax lawyer.
- Start locally. Look for attorneys close to you or the district where you are having the tax problem. Local attorneys are more likely to be familiar with local tax laws and the people involved in local tax issues. If you cannot find one in your immediate area, stay as close as possible.
- Be organized. After finding the closest attorneys to you, prepare a list of questions you want to ask them. Look for someone experienced in your locality, someone who is not afraid to take your case to court and someone that you can afford. Here are some questions you can ask to learn about them:
- How long have you practiced law?
- How long have you specialized in tax litigation?
- Are you a member of any professional associations?
- Do you have any specialized credentials that would make you more qualified to handle my case?
- How many times have you gone to trial?
- How often do you settle out of court?
- Do you have experience dealing with the IRS?
- Are you familiar with my local, state and federal tax laws and regulations?
- Where did you go to law school?
- Are you the attorney who will handle my case, or do you have partners or associates that you will hand my case off to?
- How familiar are you with situations and circumstances like mine?
- Have you handled cases like mine before?
- If so, how did they turn out?
- Do you have previous or current clients that I could talk with?
- How do you bill clients such as myself, and what is your billing structure?
- Once you have your list of prospective attorneys and your list of questions, begin calling and setting up consultation appointments. Make sure during your consultation the attorney answers all of your questions to your satisfaction before hiring them to represent you.