Offshore compliance is complicated, and requires an attorney to have a deep understanding of the laws relating to offshore compliance, and to keep up with the changes. The last thing you want for your voluntary disclosure matter is an attorney who also works on 5 other practice areas. At Mitchell & Patel, each attorney focuses on one practice area. Some have experience in two areas. Mr. Patel is the only one at the firm that handles international tax matters. Your offshore compliance matter will not be assigned to another attorney.
We’ve noticed attorneys falsely claiming that certain experience and other requirements are necessary to become a “voluntary disclosure lawyer” which puts them in the top percentage of all attorneys nationwide. And unsurprisingly, only that attorney happens to meet these very specific requirements that they came up with – they’d like you to think they’re expert tax law specialists, expert civil litigators, expert criminal litigators, and expert tax preparers. We hope that clients are more sophisticated than that, but we routinely have unhappy former (and current) clients from such companies contact us to take over their case.
We’ve helped many dozens of clients come into compliance with undisclosed foreign accounts. All of our streamlined filings have been accepted as filed. But the greatest testament to our success is the number of referrals we get from CPAs and past clients.
Call a few attorneys if you must. Do your research and be prepared with good questions to gauge whether the attorney has handled cases like yours before.
Some firms have virtual offices all over the country and list them as physical addresses on their website to make them appear like a large firm. In many states, it is a violation of attorney ethics rules to list an address that is not a location that is staffed by the firm at least 3 days of the week (e.g., in Texas). If a firm like that is advertising in your state, they could very well be violating your state’s attorney ethics rules.
When a company offers you a service for free, there is always a catch. Oftentimes, we get clients after they’ve called one of the firms offering “free consultations,” only to be subjected to scare tactics and high-pressure sales. That’s not how we run our practice. When you contact us for a consultation, you receive an objective evaluation of your risks and the various ways to come into compliance. If you then happen to go with us, great. Our only goal is to help you better understand what your risks are and how to come into compliance. Choose an attorney you feel comfortable with, not just the first ad you happened to land on in Google.
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