Report: #134406

Complaint Review: Law Offices Of Roni Lynn Deutch

  • Submitted: Wed, March 09, 2005
  • Updated: Thu, March 17, 2005
  • Reported By: Anchorage Alaska
  • Law Offices Of Roni Lynn Deutch
    4815 Watt Ave.
    N. Highlands,, California
  • Phone: 800-340-7267
  • Web:
  • Category: Lawyers

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My fiance and I have been trying to fix my tax debt and credit history these past couple years. She thought that calling the Law Offices of Roni Lynn Deutch would be a great way to save us money so we could get married. Well, we just found out today that this whole thing is a big scam and we could have just as easily dealt with the IRS personally. I have monthly child support that I pay for my two older daughters. We have a 1 year old son, and a baby girl due in April. So needless to say, our bills exceed our monthly income.

They told us in the beginning that it would be a $500.00 settlement to the IRS plus a $2500.00 retaining fee for their services. THEN, our paperwork was filled with false information and they took back the $500.00 settlement and said that we would have to pay over $8000.00 to settle with the IRS. We've done the necessary paperwork and made corrections to the documents with wrong information, only to have them send us more paperwork with even MORE wrong information. We don't know where they are getting this information, but it isn't from us!!! As of now, we are still clients. Is there a way to get our money back?

Anchorage, Alaska
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#1 Consumer Comment

Practicing law without a license - you can sue for legal malpractice if the attorney's conduct fell below the standard of care and was negligent.

AUTHOR: Carl - (U.S.A.)

As I said in a previous post, I haven't researched whether Roni Lynn Deutch's services are in violation of any laws. Practicing law w/o a license is an issue of state law and nobody has a private cause of action for practicing law without a license. That is a matter for the State Bar and the local prosecutors.

However, you can sue for legal malpractice if the attorney's conduct fell below the standard of care and was negligent.
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

You need not register in every State......

AUTHOR: Telleroftruth - (U.S.A.)

First of all, to da an Offer in Compromise is NOT a case handled at the State level, it is a Federal matter and you cannot sue for practicing in the state without a license when you are asking for relief in a Federal liability, the I.R.S. deals with Attorneys, Accountants, and Enrolled Agents in all 50 States.

Secondly John,
Complain to the State bar and the better business bureau if you feel a fraud has been committed to you from an attorney or their representatives who promise (assure) one thing and do another. You do have a recourse, particularly with the California State Bar....they would LOVE to hear from you, and see any documentation you may have.

You cannot sue Roni for practicing without a license in your particular state, but you can complain to the State Board for them filling out your documentation falsely. You will get your money back quickly.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Demand a Refund If you are disatisfied with your lawyer's services, you have the right to demand that they return the file and refund and unearned portion fo the retainer.

AUTHOR: Carl - (U.S.A.)

If you are disatisfied with your lawyer's services, you have the right to demand that they return the file and refund and unearned portion fo the retainer. Whether you are entitled to a refund would depend on a number of factors.

In most cases, the only thing a lawyer has to sell is their time. They would be entitled to the fair value of their time spent on your matter, but not for incompetent work. Often times, the value of the lawyers time and competency of their would require expert testimony (i.e. hiring another lawyer to render an opinion on the work done). I don't know what your fee agreement said or what work was done on your behalf. I don't know what promises were made either.

One thing I can say is that you might want to consult with an attorney to see if you tax debts are dischargeable. I was recently successful in reducing a client's tax debt from nearly $300,000 to approximately $4,400 through a Chapter 7. Total for the attorney's fees and court filing fee was $709.

You should also consider contact the State Bar of both Alaska and California. California has a free arbitration program for free disputes. I don't know about Alaska. They might also investigate if this attorney is practicing legally in your state. I have not researched the legality of practicing national before the IRS like this.
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