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Using a Tax Lawyer

Using a Tax Lawyer

While some taxpayers can easily file taxes on their own, others with more complicated finances and life events may benefit from the services of an accountant. Sometimes, however, an attorney is necessary, particularly when dealing with complicated self-employment matters or problems with the IRS. However, hiring an attorney can be a confusing endeavor for someone who has never worked with a lawyer before. This section includes an explanation of how to hire a tax attorney, how a tax attorney can help in certain situations, a sample tax attorney intake form, how to choose between a tax lawyer and an accountant, and more.

Hire a Tax Attorney

The federal tax system is fantastically complicated and someone concerned about legal problems arising from their taxes may find themselves out of their depth. Hiring a competent and experienced tax attorney can be a major step in getting tax-related legal issues under control. The tax code is widely known to be the most complicated set of regulations in the entire legal system and an experienced attorney can help ensure that your personal and financial interests are best represented in proceedings.
A tax attorney will typically gather information about you, your tax status, the events that transpired leading up to your problem, and the details of the issue that has arisen. They will identify the options available to resolve your legal issues and discuss their merits. They can also give you some idea what to expect in the process and outcome of your situation based on their experience. An attorney can be an invaluable asset in reaching your most favorable outcome.

The first meeting between an attorney and a potential client is an opportunity for both parties to determine their expectations. Although you should devote attention to preparing and presenting the information and documents the lawyer needs to properly assess your case, you should also use this opportunity to learn more about the attorney, their qualifications, their expectations for the case’s process and outcome, and other aspects that will help determine whether you will be satisfied or regret establishing the attorney-client relationship with a particular practitioner.

Asking some questions early help set expectations and prevent unpleasant surprises. Whether the lawyer offers free consultations, the cost if they do charge, and any time limits on initial consultation are important pieces of information to receive before a meeting even takes place. Similarly, it is best to determine early on the kinds of fee arrangements the attorney permits, whether fees are negotiable, and information about any additional legal fees and costs that are expected in the process.

Another important pre-consultation question would be to ask what kind of information the attorney wants to see at the consultation. By ensuring you bring the appropriate information with you it is more likely that the lawyer will be able to provide a thorough analysis and clearer determinations about the kind of outcome and expense that is likely.
The attorney’s experience in similar cases and whether they limit their practice to a particular kind of law can help you determine the degree of confidence you can have in the lawyer’s advice. This information may also inform your ability to compare pricing between attorneys.

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If you are here, you probably have a tax law issue you need help with, call Ascent Law for your free tax law consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
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People who want a lot of Bull go to a Butcher. People who want results navigating a complex legal field go to a Lawyer that they can trust. That’s where I come in. I am Michael Anderson, an Attorney in the Salt Lake area focusing on the needs of the Average Joe wanting a better life for him and his family. I’m the Lawyer you can trust. I grew up in Utah and love it here. I am a Father to three, a Husband to one, and an Entrepreneur. I understand the feelings of joy each of those roles bring, and I understand the feeling of disappointment, fear, and regret when things go wrong. I attended the University of Utah where I received a B.A. degree in 2010 and a J.D. in 2014. I have focused my practice in Wills, Trusts, Real Estate, and Business Law. I love the thrill of helping clients secure their future, leaving a real legacy to their children. Unfortunately when problems arise with families. I also practice Family Law, with a focus on keeping relationships between the soon to be Ex’s civil for the benefit of their children and allowing both to walk away quickly with their heads held high. Before you worry too much about losing everything that you have worked for, before you permit yourself to be bullied by your soon to be ex, before you shed one more tear in silence, call me. I’m the Lawyer you can trust.