I'm AD military, was in an abusive marriage and in the beginning of our dissolution when I retained Rhea.
I filed a military protection order a week post partum, after my spouse refused to return our son to me. My spouse violated the order and explained it away both times, all in the course of a few weeks, and was never penalized. When I sought a DVPO because he didn't respect the MPO, I was told it wasn't likely to be granted by other legal personnel, and wasn't given any help, direction or advice other than that. In the process of my filing for dissolution the following month I was served with his petition. It was like being sucker-punched. Originally I was happy receiving the paperwork, thinking that was one less step I had to complete, but then it was explained to me he had a lawyer, the best on my small island, and I had no idea what to do. I didn't even understand the language in the paperwork given to me.
Rhea and her team were a Godsend. They stayed open late to help me, even on weekends sometimes, did their best to save me money where they could, and won court cases the honest way, unlike trying to use tricks like my spouse's lawyer did. They were always quick to contact me or return my calls and kept me in the loop during the entire process.
When we weren't in court or preparing for it, they intervened and communicated with my spouse to resolve matters about our infant son whenever I needed the help, which, to a domestic violence victim is an incredible help as it limits the reach the abuser has.
I am blessed; my abusive situation only went on 2 years before I decided to leave. In that 2 years I had been mostly silent about the abuse. When I finally did open up, after my spouse took our son, I felt like no one was listening, especially not the police. I was scared, low on funds because the marriage had been financially draining, and felt like I had no options. Rhea listened. She and her team made me feel like my son and I were a priority, and genuinely cared. Even after I had to have her withdraw, she gave legal advice.
I highly recommend Rhea, Stephanie, and Rebecca. I didn't realize how truly amazing they were and how good they are at what they do, because I had never had an issue requiring services like theirs. Where I was used to getting a call or an email back in 72 hours, some lawyers may not contact you for a full 8 business days. Where I was used to Rhea breaking down all the legal jargen, other lawyers may simply leave you in the dark. Where I was given help and advice by Rhea to help me navigate in and out of court, other lawyers take your money, tell you what you want to hear, and leave you high and dry. Rhea, Stephanie, and Rebecca talked to me like a person - not like a breathing bank account; they didn't minimize my situation, nor did they coddle or try to steamroll me. They were the first to treat me with dignity.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND GIBSON AND MOREAUX! RHEA ROLFE IS THE BEST OF THE BEST!
Posted by Evelyn
Rhea J. Rolfe was my lawyer when I needed one to help me recover my 4 children back, after my husband in 2011 kidnapped them from Guatemala to Seattle without my knowledge or permission. The US State Department recommended her to my good fortune. We fought in court a total of 2 months and I returned to Guatemala with my 4 children ages 3, 10, 12 & 14. She had over 25 years of experience, she knew how to handle each appeal and she fought with knowledge and expertise. She worked with an outstanding team, was organized, professional and continuously updated me on everything. She also recommended a great appeals lawyer, a forensic psychologist, and everything needed in a court case. Even after the case ended she facilitated a mediator, considering my ex-husband´s lawyer had quit, and we resolved many unfinished issues, like dividing goods, a jewish divorce and a parenting plan. Lawyers work on a case, Rhea solved my case and returned my family to me. To this day we remain in touch and when I visit Seattle we get together. She is efficient, passionate and dedicated. She is also respected amongst her peers. Do not hesitate to take her on a case!
Posted by Desiree
Our case has not been finalized and yet, I don't need to know the final decision before I can recommend Rhea. She is a pillar of virtue in the family law practice and our community in Washington State. After working with her for over a year and watching her deal with a very unresponsive and absent minded apposing council I can't explain how fortunate I feel to have Rhea in my community as a resource, especially on my side. Upon first calling her office and speaking with her she gave me sound advice and council, upon our first meeting she gained a full understanding of our unique situation and was fully on board from the beginning. She put in tons of research, knew the topic thoroughly and stuck to the basics because the law is in our favor. Our opposing council attempted to throw her off on wild goose chases and such prior to trial while blindsiding her upon arriving to court with last minute documents and witnesses change of schedule. Through it all she remained above the tactics of opposing council and I feel I couldn't have been better represented. She wastes no time, is very upfront and communicative. I highly recommend Rhea Rolfe.
Posted by Tamara
When I came in to file for my divorce, I was very apprehensive. I had just left an abusive man and just walking into her office was difficult let alone file for divorce. Monique, her partner, got me started and filled me with enough confidence to get the ball rolling. Rhea and her paralegal Rebecca, kept me going each step of the way, even when I didn't think I could do it. Rebecca was always very patient with me, kept me well informed and answered all my questions. When I wanted to quit, Rhea or Rebecca would contact me to check in and see how I was doing. It was just enough for me to take the next step. I don't think my divorce was a difficult one, but it was a long drawn out process and Rhea was with me every step of the way. When we went to court, she was well prepared and was able to keep me calm while we waited. Divorce is not an easy process. Rhea made it feel like I was on a journey to a new life, one that I so deserved! Rebecca her paralegal is an absolute gem and would often turn my tears into a smile! I would recommend Rhea to anyone who asks about an attorney~worth every penny!
Posted by Gerty
Rhea came along, through a referral from someone I trust, when I needed someone I could trust, a lawyer, to help me get out of a dangerous situation. This situation involved my kids and we had to go through the whole family court, guardian ad litum, restraining order bloody battle. Rhea gave me sound, unemotional advice, and I made it through a legal maze with my kids, safe and sound. I'll always feel a sense of obligation to this marvelous buddha nature woman, who practices law but there's alot more to her and the calling she has to help families like mine through a daunting and difficult process, divorce. Hire her, you won't regret it.