If I could 10 stars I would. Pershing is amazing. When I presented my case to them back in October their exact words were “It is a long shot to get EDD to dismiss your case, but we will try”. This issue I sought out for their help was about 9 years old. I thought all hope was lost and I would be stuck with an over-payment that I felt was done in error. I had been trying for about 6 years to figure it out myself. I sought out some legal help and the advice they gave me was “Well, looks like you will have to file bankruptcy”. I was almost ready to pull the trigger on that option, but I decided to do a google search for an EDD law firm, Pershing Law was one of the first ones on the top of the list. I decided to call them just to see what they could do. I talked with Charlie about my dilemma and he assured me that they have seen worse and that they would be able to help. They took it over from there and got all the information from EDD and constantly kept me informed of what was going on. When I received paperwork in the mail from EDD I would call them up and they would talk me off the ledge and say “It’s OK, this is what that means”. When I would panic, they wouldn’t. They were always easily reachable by phone and would call back if I left a message.
Since I work out of town, they arranged for my hearing to be by telephone which was convenient for me since I work full-time and out of town during the week. The night before the hearing, both Aasff and Charlie called me and walked me through the process of the hearing and helped me frame my thoughts and what I needed to say (100% truth….no lying), TAKE NOTES….PLEASE. The day of the hearing, Charlie called me about 20 mins before and walked me through what was going to take place and refresh my memory of the night before conversation. Then the trial started and it took about 20 mins. to read all the evidence into record and then the judge started asking me questions…….just like Pershing Law told me the judge was going too. I answered truthfully and with passion. The hearing lasted about 30 mins. and I was nervous the whole time….but knowing Charlie was on the line assured me that it would be OK.
Charlie told me before the hearing that “We are going to swing for the fences and see what happens”. I was just hoping to get the 30% reduced and then make payment arrangements to EDD for the rest of the amount I thought I owed. Pershing Law always always always was straight with me and never promised me any result other than telling me that they will probably be able to get the 30% interest waived.
I received a call from Pershing law 4 days after the hearing and they were in receipt of the decision. Their first words were “Keith, we not only hit a homerun, but a grand slam out of the park bases loaded bottom of the ninth tied ball game with 2 outs in game 7 of the world series”. Not only my 30% fees waived, what money that EDD said I owed (over $23,000) was waived. I had to ask them 2 or 3 times “I don’t owe anything….nothing, zip, zilch nada”. They said exactly and in fact they told me that EDD might owe me 5 weeks of pay….but if that doesn’t happen, I won’t complain. This has been the biggest rock on my shoulders for 9 years. I had many sleepless nights and there was a judgement on my credit report which would have prevent my wife and I from purchasing a house in the future…..not anymore.
Pershing is amazing. My advice…..listen to their advice and if you don’t understand something, ask them to explain in layman’s terms…..and they will. I will always recommend their services to anyone that asks
UPDATE: About a month after the decision, EDD called me and they refunded the $23,000 they had withheld. We were able to pay off some medical bills for our medically ill daughter.