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Getting a Good Tax Lawyer

How do I get the best tax lawyer? That’s the question I’ve been asked the most in my entire career. Many times, people don’t know what they need in a lawyer and end up choosing the lawyer who a) gets the job done but costs a fortune or b) costs less, but loses the case which costs you more money.

I’ve read an article recently that gives great tips on selecting a quality lawyer

“Focus on the Problem

Not all lawyers handle all types of tax matters, so try to narrow down as best you can what you think your legal problem is.

If it’s income taxes, like preparing returns, taking deductions and credits, etc., then a general tax lawyer may be who you’re looking for. If you have estate and gift tax issues, you probably need a lawyer who works in that area of law. If you have a good idea of what your specific problem is, your search for the right legal help will be much quicker and efficient.

Find One, or Two or Three

The first step in your search is to find the names of a few attorneys. In the beginning it’s always a good idea to talk to more than one attorney. This way you can comparison shop to find one you like and trust. Here’s where to look:

  • is a great place to start. A few short clicks will get you a list of tax attorneys in your area complete with telephone numbers, background information and more
  • Contact the local bar association in your area
  • The American Bar Association has tools and information to help you find an attorney
  • Talk your family, friends and co-workers. Someone you know may have hired an attorney to help with a tax issue
  • Check your local telephone book for tax lawyers
  • If you don’t think you can afford an attorney, there may be a program in your area offering free or low-cost legal help with taxes

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What is Tax Law?

I have been asked many times in my life, what is tax law? Well I came across an article that explains this perfectly.

tax law” is a sub-discipline and area of specialist study. Tax law specialists are often employed in consultative roles, and may also be involved in litigation. Many U.S. law schools require about 30 semester credit hours of required courses and approximately 60 hours or more of electives. Law students pick and choose available courses on which to focus before graduation with the J.D. degree in the United States. This freedom allows law students to take many tax courses such as federal taxation, estate and gift tax, and estates and successions before completing the Juris Doctor and taking the bar exam in a particular U.S. state.

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