Firm Overview

Tax Law - IRS, Washington State, County, and Municipal.

Attorneys:
- Christopher M Larson
- Amanda R Stach
- Alerian Hall

Main Office

Main
800 5th Avenue
Suite 4100
Seattle  WA  98104

Phone
  • (206) 397-4780
Fax
  • (206) 641-9661

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free Consultation for as long as it takes. I will not sit and give tax advice to somebody for two hours that clearly doesn't want to hire me, but I also won't rush them out the door if I feel we can do business.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I do fixed fees for certain things that are pretty uniform in nature. For instance, I would do an Offer in Compromise for a fixed fee. I would not got to Tax Court for a fixed fee unless it was significant enough to make sure it covered my time. For things with a lot of uncertainty as far as time spent, I will not do a fixed fee. Plus, I think it leads to the wrong incentives when a client has clearly lost their case, but has paid for the opportunity to cause as many problems as they can for the other side. You can end up becoming an indentured servant hammer for them to beat the other side over the head with.

Hourly Rates

$150-250

Office Information

Office Hours

M-F 9-5 (Call for Appointment)

I always answer my phone, even on nights and weekends. I only list office hours because I don't really want to meet with people at 8pm on a regular basis. But I will do whatever I have to do in order to make it work. I am not turning somebody away because they can only meet off-hours.

Office Manager

None.

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

None.

Other Offices

  • Burien Office
    15111 8th Avenue
    Suite 302
    Burien,  WA  98166
  • Everett Office
    6320 Evergreen Way
    Suite 214
    Everett,  WA  98203

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

That would be possible. But it would depend on the portion.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

I do not have paralegals. But I waste no motion. My overall strategy is to obtain maximum results with the least amount of money expended. And believe me, there are plenty of people in tax especially whose philosophy is to get the client to spend as much as possible jumping through hoops. I don't do it just because I can bill for it. Like a good car mechanic, a good lawyer is hard find. But when you find one.... That is who I strive to be.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Not very often. The IRS has procedures that basically amount to mediation, such as IRS Appeals. Actual mediation is available, but is rarely used by tax practitioners when compared to other fields of law.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

I personally provide pro bono services to the University of Washington Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. I currently have 16 clients there.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Dedication, effort, as well as communication. You don't wait four days for me to return a call. I picture the client standing next to the phone tapping their foot until I call back. That way of thinking suits me fine.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Insight Law believes the client should learn the applicable law through the process. So we share updates with the client to inform them, and allow them to conform their future behavior to avoid the same issues.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Not really. You just end up writing them.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I think representing yourself is a bad idea. Low income taxpayer clinics exist if a taxpayer does not have the same means, but even doing a bad job representing people takes a three year coaching process called law school.

Christopher Larson

I do not have paralegals. But I waste no motion. My overall strategy is to obtain maximum results with the least amount of money expended. And believe me, there are plenty of people in tax especially whose philosophy is to get the client to spend as much as possible jumping through hoops. I don't do it just because I can bill for it. Like a good car mechanic, a good lawyer is hard find. But when you find one.... That is who I strive to be.

License
  • Bar Number: 43652
    Washington , 2011

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