Bob Kaufman represented me during my divorce -- a process which took nearly 9 months due to the nature of my relationship. Mr. Kaufman and his legal assistant were quick to respond initially, but then became increasingly slow to respond and even stopped returning voicemails and phone calls. When they stopped responding to emails for WEEKS at a time, I started having to call the courts myself -- which I was then yelled at for by Mr. Kaufman who asked why I didn't trust him. (I wonder why?)
At one point, I needed to serve my spouse while he was in a hospital -- I was informed by the clinic there was only a specific way this could be done, but Mr. Kaufman ignored this information which cost me several hundred dollars in legal fees and I had to do the footwork myself to serve him.
Mr. Kaufman provided very little legal advice, and was demeaning to me throughout the process. Divorce is not easy and creates incredibly high anxiety -- Mr. Kaufman took his frustrations of my anxiousness out on me several times when I stopped by the office (which he billed me for unexpectedly!) and on the phone.
My final bill was also outrageous -- I had another lawyer took a look at our divorce decree, which was "the simplest decree [he] had ever seen" -- yet I ended up paying nearly $6,000 for the process, which was done entirely ex parte (without a need to even step into court). He also refused to accept any type of payment plan, despite the fact I had just lost a second income. Despite the fact my financial situation was part of the reason I was getting divorced, I had to max out my credit cards to pay him. Totally unreasonable.
Yes, Mr. Kaufman got the job done -- which did not require any communication with opposing counsel or even my ex. It was really the easiest divorce ever despite some administrative footwork, yet Mr. Kaufman was rude and took advantage of the situation simply because I had questions and wished to communicate about the process.
I wish I had done more research on the cost and process of divorce before hiring him.
Robert represented me during a drawn out divorce. Robert is superb. He shows empathy when it is needed and has a confident and knowledgeable manner. Robert sticks to the facts even when emotions are running high. In my experience Robert is able to communicate with opposing counsel in a calm, collected way while taking the high ground, especially with counsel that may themselves operate with too much emotion. Robert also operates his practice with the highest of ethics in terms of billing. I highly recommend Mr. Kaufman.
Posted by a client
I was referred to Bob Kaufman by a friend after a negative experience with another attorney. He was quick to respond to my inquiries and assisted me in navigating a very contentious divorce situation. I would highly recommend his services to my friends or family needing representation in the future.
Posted by Lori
Bob assisted me with very contentious post-secondary school legal matters with my ex. He adeptly navigated the legal system and kept me informed every step of the way. Bob is a true professional and a trusted advisor. I would highly recommend Bob for family law issues of any kind.
Posted by a Family client
I came to Mr. Kaufman 6 months ago for my divoce case. During the whole process, I am very impressed by his knowledge and expericence in the the area of family law. My divoce case was settled in a little longer than 3 months with my interests well represented and meet. Without Bob's help, I can not imagine it will go so smoothly. I strongly recomment him.
Posted by Aliya
I was raised in a conservative culture. My marriage was wrought with abuse; and the saga continued, for over a decade, post-divorce. My naivety during the divorce cost me dearly. There were a multitude of problems relating to child support, residential schedules, property settlements, and other matters. Despite the overt hostility of my ex-spouse, I tried to resolve the issues amicably – but it fell on deaf ears. As a last resort, I finally agreed to approaching an attorney for help. I was referred to attorney extraordinaire, Mr. Robert Kaufman, by a friend who lost a case to him. My friend was highly impressed with Mr. Kaufman; and recognized his innate talent.
When I first met Mr. Kaufman, I expressed fear of retaliation from my ex-spouse. Mr. Kaufman was empathetic, evinced cultural sensitivity, and vested himself in fighting for the our legal rights. Mr. Kaufman went the extra mile to comprehend the complexities of my culture. He went above and beyond to protect and ensure the safety of my children and me. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having a outstanding attorney, like Mr. Kaufman, who unafraid for to fight for the rights of people from different walks of life. He is caring, compassionate, extraordinarily talented, and works hard for his clients. I appreciated his approach to placating familial issues on amicable terms. Mr. Kaufman’s stately and tacit demeanor is one of his greatest strengths. Do not mistake his calm trait for compliance. He dauntlessly fends for the rights of his clients in litigation matters - and has a long track record of successes to prove his mettle. As in my case, my ex-spouse retorted, with the aid of an unscrupulous attorney, to false allegations and character assassination. Mr. Kaufman deftly defied and halted the disgraceful antics. I have worked with Mr. Kaufman for nearly two years (the legal issues pertaining to my divorce were complex and tedious). He championed all of the aforementioned litigation matters ACING every case in our favor!
Mr. Kaufman's technical veracity while upholding the dignity of his client is remarkable. He always kept me up-to-date about the proceedings during each litigation. He always made time to explain legalese, recommended options, and inspired me to be in control of my legal rights. Communication was seamless and timely. I was grateful for not having to deal with sticker shock because he does not nickel and dime clients. Mr. Kaufman could charge astronomical rates and still run a roaring business. However, he has made it his mission to crusade for those who are in dire need of legal help– he is dedicated to his art (i.e., Family Law).
Mr. Kaufman's talent is undeniable (and supported by 35+ years of experience). Needless to say, because of Mr. Kaufman's unwavering support, extensive knowledge, experience in with working with people from all walks of life, we WON every single case. I will forever remain in his debt for protecting my children. I am indebted to Mr. Kaufman for his guidance, patience and support through the prolix journey.
I unequivocally recommend Mr. Kaufman to those seeking an elite warrior to tide them through legal battles!
Posted by David
Handled my long-distance divorce in a professional manner, carefully explained my options and filed appropriate paperwork. Considered my finances and circumstances and made suggestions suitable to my situation, weighing reward vs. expenses to help me make informed decisions about my case. Negotiated with opposing counsel to reach an agreement suitable to both parties without protracted court battles. Bob treated me like a friend and showed genuine concern, helping me protect my rights and get through a difficult time. His experience and compassion were evident from our first conversation and I am glad to have had him looking out for me. I recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone in need of a good divorce lawyer.
Posted by Katie
I hired Bob Kaufman upon the recommendation of a contract law attorney I know. Throughout the process, Bob kept me informed and helped me get my divorce settled. There was a long time where my ex-husband would not respond to the service by mail that I had requested to try to keep things more amicable, and Bob helped me move the case forward to a successful resolution by advising me on doing formal process service, and working with my ex-husband's first attorney and then his second attorney when he changed representation to get the case back on track. When my ex husband's lawyer kept trying to postpone the trial date by a year, even though we should have been working on a settlement out of court, Bob worked with the opposing attorney and the judge to postpone only by one month. When it came time to mediate the settlement for both finances as well as custody of our kids, Bob gave me a detailed rundown of how the process would work from a mechanics and legal perspective. I felt well-prepared when we reached the mediation office, and as a result, we were able to agree on everything in less than 6 hours. As the major breadwinner who had most of the assets (retirement and stock), I felt I reached a fair deal with my ex-husband and that something that could have been fairly contentious went as painlessly as possible, due in large part by Bob's preparations and experience. I am grateful for Bob's steady presence, his respect for my wishes in remaining as amicable as possible with my ex, even when my ex and his attorney were trying to slow things down, and his knowledge for how to get the case moving and settled. I must also say that Bob's patience with me since I travel frequently for work was also a great help, and the fact that I could trust everything in his capable hands was one less major stress for me to contend with in the already-messy situation that one finds oneself in when a marriage is ending and there are children involved. My divorce was finalized yesterday, and even then, Bob was noting that the quit claim deed notary seal was outside the borders of the document, and so he sent a fresh one for my ex-husband to sign. That level of attention to detail in getting everything in order, even after the case is supposedly closed, is just one example of how great Bob was to have in my corner. It is clear that he takes pride in his work, and his experience was reassuring to me at every step from the initial filing, to the various developments in the case, all the way to the final filing. My first marriage ended with divorce in another state, so I have experience with other lawyers who are not nearly as good or as dedicated and professional. Not that I'm interested in getting married a third time, but if I do, I will ask Bob to write my pre-nup for me, whether or not I am still living in Washington. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Bob Kaufman to anyone getting a divorce.
Posted by Chris
Mr. Kaufman was recommended to me by a colleague and I am grateful for that reference. Beyond his expert knowledge of the law, Bob was an even better counselor. There were many times during my divorce where I became "fired up" about something, ready to send a salvo in the direction of my ex. Bob would take the time to understand the point of contention, then offer very sage advice about how to best handle the situation to achieve the ultimate outcome I desired.
The other thing I really appreciated about Bob was his willingness to accommodate my style of working..which is to use a lot of email and occasional phone calls. I cannot be sure if this was easier or harder for him to handle, but it didn't matter - he adapted to me, not the other way around. I haven't dealt with a lot of attorneys, but I feel pretty certain that this adaptability is somewhat unique.
Finally, and most importantly, he is very knowledgeable and experienced in the area of family law. While my divorce was not particularly contentious, there were several troublesome areas of disagreement. Each of these were resolved satisfactorily from my perspective, with a minimum amount of fuss (read: less $ spent on lawyers).
Posted by Dave
I am a male in my thirties and was going through a very contentious 17 month divorce and needed to retain an attorney that I could trust. I was looking for an individual that knew the law, was aggressive and competent in front of a judge/commissioner. I came across Mr. Kaufman and he proved to be just that. Divorce is a tough time in one's life and Robert helped reassure me throughout this challenging time. His knowledge of the law (all the ins and outs and trust me, there are a lot) helped me secure my two young children in my custody. Thanks to Robert, my 5 and 7 year old boys live with me 80% of the time, I am the primary parent in their lives and have the pleasure of waking up with them under my roof every morning. There is no monetary value that can be put on top of that. Thank you Robert!