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We have worked with Steve Riley for nearly 15 years. We initially contacted him to handle the rewriting of trusts and complete estate planning for our family. Over the years, he has also overseen the purchase and sale of businesses and other legal needs.
Trusts can be very complicated entities and the underpinning laws can be challenging to interpret as changes occur. One of Steve’s many talents is the ability to take complex subjects, interpret and present them to clients in such a way that the clients are confident with their choices and ensured that they have their legal needs met. He is both extremely competent and extraordinarily compassionate even in the most difficult of circumstances. Steve has integrity of the highest order, excellent communication skills and a thoroughness that leaves clients well taken care of both professionally and personally. We highly recommend him.
Steve is an outstanding advisor, very creative thinker and does a great job with strategy. He also has a great way of explaining complex legal matters in plain-English. He shows a great deal of empathy.
Whatever he once was, he is no longer. We were long-time clients of Steve but are no more. He once had a good practice and a responsive and professional staff. Sure, Steve was often hard to get in contact with, but his staff would help and we could always meet with him at least once a year. He had some turnover in staff a few years ago and that was unfortunately the beginning of the decline of his firm. No one would return calls. Over the last 4 years, he's had a revolving door of lawyers to do his work but we didn't hire them. We hired Steve. We then found out that Steve was actually retired from practicing law and doesn't even live in Tampa anymore. He is just a figurehead who does nothing but charge a very high annual fee. Do not hire this lawyer. The best thing we did was end our relationship with him.
Steve is the best. Anything i ask for is his priority.
I have tremendous respect for Steve - his knowledge in the area of estate and trust law is unsurpassed, and he has the character one seeks in an attorney. In addition, he takes a personal interest in the welfare of his clients. I highly recommend him and his Family Protector Program.
The worst thing about working with an attorney is their vocabulary. I need laymans terminology, not legalize. Steve is very adept at communicating with you in terms you can understand. Steve worked with my financial institutions to covert all my financial holdings into a trust which required over a year to accomplish. Instead of just doing it, for some reason, they were blocking my efforts. My lawyer could speak their language and was able to move things along and get the job accomplished. Additionally, he was able to communicate the issues to me, so that I could understand #1 and make informed decisions.
We have worked with Steve and his firm for about 8 years in the area of estate planning. We were both married before and have children from our prior marriage, so estate planning is more complex due to those circumstances. Steve's approach is oriented toward teaching his clients various alternatives, so that they make informed decisions. And the plan is updated yearly or more frequently if life-changing events take place.
I have been a client for close to ten years and am hesitant to even move in retirement because of his very valuable services. My experiences have been so important in my own life that our children have on their own sought out trust attorneys in their home states. His opinions and counsel I highly value.
My wife and I went to see Steve about 5 years ago on the advice of a friend. The friend had great things to say about Steve so I had high expectations and I wasn't disappointed. He and his staff assisted us in establishing trusts to protect our assets. He's been there every step of the way with great (and proactive) advice. We do a yearly review and he "tweaks" our trusts to keep up with the changes in the law. Not only is Steve top notch but his whole organization is top notch. One of the best things about working with him is that he does an excellent job of explaining complex legal issues in a way that us understandable. This is a great gift in todays tangled legal environment. I highly recommend Steve if you are looking for a top notch lawyer who is easy to work with.
I was referred to Steve by my financial advisor who recommended him based on his own personal experience and the positive feedback of many of his clients.
Steve helped my wife and I five years ago to set living trusts for both of us. My wife and I placed all of our assets into the assigned trusts in a very efficient and accurate process called that Steve calls "The family protector program" . This program charges a nominal annual fee to keep our trusts current and also guarantees that in the case of our deaths his firm will handle all of our estate at a discounted fee.
Through this program he has also been available to me by phone to answer many of my questions regarding asset protection which as a physician is a top priority in planning the protection of my estate.