Top Tips To My Tax Clients
How To Keep Legal Fees In CheckOur ability to solve your problem and the reasonableness of your fee are directly related to your gathering the evidence and documents we need to prove your position.
Evidence GatheringIt is more cost-effective to exhaust your document search on the front end of the case than to dribble it in over time.
I can save most clients a lot in fees by having them do the first draft of IRS forms.
Respecting Each Other's Time"A lawyer's time is his stock in trade." A. Lincoln. Almost all hourly lawyers charge for material telephone and email communications with clients. Clients and lawyers can make communications more cost-effective by minimizing the frequency and length of phone calls and messages.
Flat Fees vs. HourlyAlmost all lawyers charge by the hour and are unable to quote a reasonable flat fee until they have investigated your case and reviewed your files. There are a lot of uncontrollable variables in tax litigation that can affect your fee, e.g., judges' orders and IRS demands for information.
Every case is unique and you want a motivated, fairly compensated lawyer. A lawyer who low bids you a fee just to get your work will often become unmotivated to make your case a priority or give it the attention it deserves. Replacing lawyers is expensive.
I usually quote an estimated fee for the first phase of a case, e.g., $X to prepare and file a Tax Court Petition package, and later estimate fees for other phases as the facts become clearer.