I am another in the long, long, long line of victims of this law firm. I had a tax bill of $85,000 stemming from my divorce. Like all the others I was taken in by the promise of settling for less than $85,000. I was promised by my "salesman", Rich Jacobsen, that if I was qualified by them, I would definately settle for less than $85,000. He said he didn't know how much less, but definately less.
The office of Roni Lynn Deutch is not set up to handle clients, only to take their fees. I paid $4,000 up front (I'm pretty sure the entire "pre-qualification" process is only a ruse to see how much they can charge you for their fee!). I filled out all the paperwork and waited.
Weeks go by and then I'm told to fill out all the paperwork again. This basically happens over and over for 2 years.
If you try to call the office, you get a recording after being put on hold for at least 30 minutes. They do have someone (Not an attorney) return the call 2 days later but convieniently, they leave a message at home when you are at work so you have to do this process several times as well.
2 years later, they tell me they can't settle and are dropping the case. Meanwhile,penalties and interest have skyrocketed the balance due to well over $100,000!
After I was dropped by them, I was able to negotiate on my own with the IRS. It took a couple of weeks and the result was I could settle. Of course that's when I found this site and discovered I was not alone in this situation. The most frustrating thing is the the California Bar allows them to practice and no lawyer I have spoken with wants to take the case against them. ARRRGH!
Scarsdale, New York