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Posted by a Family client, Flag
Ben Platt's an awesome lawyer. He helped my family so much. He's very informative and knows how to get the job done. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a hand in family law. He's worth the cost. You don't have to sell your right kidney for him to help you, like most lawyers.
Posted by robbie, a Child Custody client, Flag
Do you feel like no matter what you do or where you turn that you are being beat down or bullied by your ex and/or their attorneys? Or have you ever questioned if you have any rights or even a leg to stand on? And finally with the above mentioned "problem areas" topped with the financial burden of not being able to fix any of these problems? Ben and his team are the first, last stop you will ever need! I fell under all of the things I mentioned on top of being un-emploied and my ex hired a bulldog of an attourney which left me hopeless, hogtied, and with out a preayer in the world to have my children in my life let alone see them. I had no job no real income and no way to battle this unwinable hopeless battle until I met with Ben Platt . In fact when I called around to other atourneys looking for hope they slammed doors and phones alike when they heard who my ex had representing them. But not Ben, I had hope once again and he ensured that I wasn't going to be chewed up and spit out with nothing but debt to "remind" me of my children. Ben and his team worked around the clock while juggling other court dates and trials and changed the tide completeley for my family. He gave not only the shirt off his back and tie arounf his neck but his entire office stood behind him with therest of the suit (so to speak) and got my family back to tether and on track to where it should be. I owe Ben and his team carolan and jason more than words, more than a dollar amount, I owe them my family. I will and have reccomended Ben Platt to anyone who needs justice and hope. In fact the only person on gods green earth I will never recommend this steller team to is my ex, because that truley would be a loosing battle. And for some of the negitive things I've read on here, take it as you will but I am a living testamine to the contrary. Yes it can be hard to get ahold of him 24-7 but how many times have you preayed at night and gotten results immidiateley? Not to compare the two in any other way other than they are making mericles happen for hundreds and can't answer at every given moment. And if you can afford to buy a soda and burger once a month you can afford to scratch the back that carried you! :)) thank you Ben ! !
Posted by a Criminal Defense client, Flag
we had a contract for a set amount. he was terminated before trial. he charged me for a trial. put the balance toward my credit. he didnt represent me to the best of his ability. I spoke to the prosecuter myself and got a better deal then Ben had said was offered. Ben failed.
Posted by Brad, a Child Custody client, Flag
I was getting played by the court system and just by chance we crossed paths. We talked and after 2 yrs of me fighting pro se he finished the case in 2 weeks. Great guy!! Thanks again Mr. Platt!!
Posted by jessica, a Family client, Flag
Ben is an amazing attorney that has a love for the law and his clients. I didn't feel as I was just a case to him. Ben took my case right before trial. I had spoken to several other attorneys who wanted to have the trial continued to prepare. Ben was on top of it with his excellent staff. They worked very hard in the limited amount of time we had to prepare an excellent case. Ben was able to listen to my 4 year history of custody hearings and come up with multiple options, leaving no stone unturned. He has a lot of experience with Judges and the court house. Ben was also very respectful to the other party and there attorney. I also liked that he didn't trash the other side. He allowed them to trip on there own testimony. I was very grateful that I wasn't getting questioned by him. Ben has amazing litigating skills. I have watched a lot of attorneys in the court room and Ben is at the top of the list.
Posted by a Child Support client, Flag
Like all the reviews near the end (the older reviews), my experience was very poor in all dealings with Mr Platt. I am convinced from checking around all the good reviews must be written by his "staff" to boost his rating. I was impressed from the time we met until he received my the check from there it was all down hill!!
He never returns calls or forwards paper work and even told me I could stop by the court house and pick up myself copies myself!!! But don't worry he bills on time and for what I feel are exorbitant charges. I have had dealings with 3 other family law attorneys over the last 5 years and he was the most expensive by about 45%!!!
He made all kinds of promises before trial (to get my check) that he came no place even close to delivering, we lost BIG!!!! At trial he even got chewed out by the judge who actually said "you are a licensed attorney right"... Then after the trial it took five days to get a call back from him and when he finally did he made it sound like the loss was my fault!!!! Are you kidding me!!! Sad part was I interviewed 5 other attorneys after I dumped him, 2 took no stance and the other 3 said it went so far sideways because he did not handle it correctly at all!!! And it has been fixed by another attorney since then.
The saddest and scariest part is he in the "practice" of family law... It is a scary fact that some one my hire him for custody or to help children..
Ben if you read this PLEASE consider just sticking with criminal law, DUIs, slip and falls etc...
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
While going through a difficult divorce I was recommended to Mr. Platt by a good family friend. He was very friendly and understanding to my situation. Mr. Platt had the ability to help calm my nerves about the whole process with his knowledge, experience and willingness to listen. When I first meet him I was a full time student and he was understanding and willing to work with my financial situation. I appreciated his great sense of humor that helped during this stressful year. The out come of my case was better than I could have ever imagined it would be. I would defiantly recommend Mr. Platt to any of my family and friends.
Posted by donjp68, a Family client, Flag
i recently wrote the review regarding "If you don't care about your kids' i feel I made a mistake. When i contacted Ben about getting some documents regarding this case, he asked if he could make things right, without me asking. I feel my emotions may have clouded my judgement. I am now very ill and on chemo and have no money, that didn't matter to Ben and Jason, they are truly good people with a job that is full of emotions, i personalty thank and apologize to both of these gentlemen. and i would recommend them anytime. Criminal of Family, they will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear, and this is great. Call anytime for reference 509-216-5691
Posted by Snel~, a Family client, Flag
Do you have a demonic ex trying to steal the very life from you?? Ben Platt has the tools to slice and dice opposing counsel and those they represent to bits in the court room. If your scheming ex is especially demonic, Ben has the tools like crossbows, axes, holy water, stakes, and a vast knowledge of the English vernacular to pummel your ex and cleanse them of their lies! This silver tongue warrior can sway a judge's decision in an instant by getting to the point without all the hogwash most lawyer's spew in an attempt to hide the truth and convolute the facts. My case was a 2+ year utter hellish experience but Ben and Nia we're patient with me and when my gargoyle ex arose much like the Kraken threatening to destroy my Utopia, Ben came riding in on his Pegasus of justice and instead of brandishing the head of Madusa, he wielded his vast knowledge of Washington state law and crushed my ex. Are you pumped right about now?? Hire this guy if your case is anything like mine. He's worth his weight in gold....
Posted by Kyle, a Divorce client, Flag
Back in May 2011 I was served divorce papers on my son's birthday when I came home from work to see him and completely blindsided by the situation, about 2-3 weeks went by why I tried to "Save my Marriage" but it just wasnt possible, so that's when I took action in the interest of my myself and my children most importantly, so I looked and called in the yellow pages asking everyone I knew who might have dealt w/ this before and or knew someone who did, and I had recieved a couple referrals to contact Ben's Office. That I did, he saw me the next availabe day that I was off work and was able to sit me down hear my story and listen to the facts as well, he had a High Degree of knowledge on my particular situation and ensured me he would help me in fighting for the custody of my children and also my personal belonging's... As we have all heard the horror stories of divorce so of course I was scared out of my mind as I have worked so hard my whole life and was not about to lose what I have because things just didn't work. He was also a friend to me on a personal level as he is a "Man of God" and knew deep down inside I didn't want this to go through so at times him and his Wife Nia would talk to me about things to try and believe in if I wanted to save my marriage, I tried those things and of course that was when I realized I had to keep my guard up because my Ex wife had her mind made up and Grass was greener on the other side, although in the end she realized she was stuck in the desert... Long story short, Benjamin D. Platt did a outstanding job on my case and was able to go above and beyond and fight for what I deserved and in the end I have joint custody of my 2 precious boys and didn't go bankrupt in the process, he was very understanding of the financial toll it was taking on me and assured me that he would help me out and keep working for me even when at times money got low and or ran out, but I kept doing what I could and he never skipped a beat on my case.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
Ben practices family law and understands family. I have been interning for him for over three months and would recommend his services to anyone seeking a true family lawyer. He has a great team of people working with him that understand issues and are competent people all around.
Posted by Sarah, a Family client, Flag
I'm currently working with Mr. Platt. I chose him because when I met with him he was very nice and listened to my concerns with my case. I felt like he was there to truly help me. He has always been easy to contact and has always kept in contact with me through the whole process. I would recommend Ben Platt in a heart beat to anyone. His staff was also very friendly as well, which helped with the process to.
Posted by Andrew, a DUI client, Flag
Mr. Platt has been an amazing lawer not only to me but a few of my family memembers and a friend. He has won pretty tough cases for a friend of mine just recently as well. Ben Platt is very professional and relaible. I'd reffer him to anyone looking for a great trustworthy lawyer.
Posted by Shane, a Family client, Flag
Ben has been my attorney for a few years now. Through the years he has been awesome in helping my son regarding the stabily of his life. His mother has tried on several accounts to do things behind my back through the courts(moving the child, trying to obtain child support w/ no custody, and inappropriately changing the parenting plan) and stomped them out quickly & efficiently. Also, with any type of dispute regarding the bill he has always been willing to work with me regarding and explain in detail what my costs were. He has helped me obtain custody, child support, and is currently helping me in updating my new parenting plan at a fair price. He is wonderful to work with and I enjoy his professionalism. I highly recommend him. :)
Posted by Jennifer, a Family client, Flag
When you hire Ben Platt you don't just hire him, you hire a team. Ben encourages questions and invites you to be a part of the process. Ben and his team are approachable and have made this tough season in my families life feel more manageable. When you hire this team (and you should) you will not simply feel like a client, but part of the team and family. To this team you are not just another case, but your case becomes personal to them.
With this group you will feel like you are truly doing all you can to fight your fight. I would recommend this team to anyone looking for a good, hard-working, professional, and affordable attorney. When you never know what a case will turn into, you want someone affordable that you know will do their best for you.
Posted by a Family client, Flag
Ben was a good lawyer at Trial, after that it went totally "down hill" There was never communication with him, I had to constantly call or write Mails to ask for updates and of course I had to pay for all my mails even though I never received a answer.This actions only ended up costing more and more.
The only way I knew he was doing anything was the bill at the end of the month, where I have been charges for things that he didn't even used in court....
Because listening to him I ended up in Contempt.. I received poor written declarations 20 minutes before court , and "needed to hurry up" to sign it .
After all I do not recommend this lawyer to anyone....
Posted by a Child Support client, Flag
The Platt group did it again. They got my child support lowered. I have never worked with a more professional, knowledgeable, and fun-loving group before. I have worked with other attorney's but it always ended in disappointment. Ben and his crew did a great job, kept me informed along the child support process, and got the matter handled in a fast, effective manner.
Posted by Jason, a Family client, Flag
I have worked with plenty of lawyers for plenty of different issues. Even a different lawyer for the family law case that Ben ended up handling for me. Out of all of the lawyers I have worked with in the past and seen work Ben is by far the best and the only one that I would recommend to others.
Ben has handled two different cases for me. My divorce and also my custody case for my oldest son. He outdid himself in both. I think our record is 9-0. I could not have asked or hoped for better results.
Ben was even there and empathized when I would get worried or freak out about things. Him and Nia did a great job preparing everything, always getting back to me, and always having answers when I needed them.
To top it off he was one of the lowest priced lawyers I had found at the time so everything worked out great. Seeing how Ben handles himself and his clients has also inspired me to go back to school for my law degree. I have him to thank for that as well.
Thank you Ben and Nia for a job well done!!!
Posted by Jessica, a Family client, Flag
I work for the attorney that owns building Mr. Platt rents so I am aware of legal happening but when it comes to FAMILY LAW im clueless. My fiancee and I have been battling with his ex for visitation with his son for over a year and frankly I was fed up with it so I gave Ben and Nia the run down on what was going on and was willing to hire them. (Might I add we did have a high paid attorney represent us and we did get a good result however once it was said and done he didn't want to take the time to discuss the issues we were having after the fact she was not letting us have our son except when it was convient for her even though it went against the parenting plan we had in place.) They discussed our options and were very helpful, they shwed me how to handle it by ourselfs and if we needed to take further action they would be there, thankfully what they suggested worked and we havent had any problems since. I thank them for there help and legal and professional advice and know they are just not out after peoples money. I would and have reffered to them numerous times and would continute to do so.
Posted by a Family client, Flag
I am currently working with Mr. Platt on a child relocation case. I have worked with 2 other attorney's and by far Mr. Platt has been the best I have come across. His office is extremely professional and they have always kept me advised on what is going on in my case. Mr. Platt's assistant Nia Chasse is also 1 of the best I have worked with. She is very helpful and just like Mr. Platt has always been willing to go the extra mile to ensure everything on my case is taken care of and in a very timely manner. I have already recommended this office to a friend of mine and will continue to do so. They are a resonably priced office that gives superior service. If you are looking for an attorney that is willing to actually get in there and look out for your best interest in the court system, this is the office to choose.
Posted by R. Lloyd, a Family client, Flag
The law office of Benjamin D Platt has been nothing short of excelent. My case has been no walk in the park with many issues that have been resolved with the knowledge that Ben and his assistant Nia posses. They both have responded in a profesional manor. My phone calls and emails are returned promptly. Ben has won everytime I have had to apear in the courtroom. I now have a healthy visitation schedual with my children and child suport has been established fairly. I have no issues with this team and would recomend them to anyone looking for a profesional attorney to help get yourself to a fair end in a family law case.
Posted by Tom, a Child Custody client, Flag
Look i've met some shady lawyers in my day but Ben is not one not one of them. Ben & Nia make a good team. You may not get ahold of them immediately but one of them will call you back by the end of the business day. I'm in a vicious fight with my wench-ex over my kids and the trial is far from over BUT Ben & Nia have been there every step of the way to help me get thru this excrutiating & painful time.
For the people above whining about Ben not calling you back, do you realize he has about 35 million other clients? Everyone seems to think their case is more important than anyone elses and this simply isn't true.
The hardest thing about this entire process is learning patience. I am FAR from patient but it's a virtue and things will see them themselves thru in the end and with Ben & Nia's help.
Posted by Eugene, a Divorce client, Flag
Benjamin Platt and Nia Chase are the most professional attorney team that I have ever had the pleasure to use, see, or hear of. They work together well with a great amount of knowledge and caring in their work. As an attorney Ben will talk to you in a language that you can understand and tell you the truth instead of blowing smoke. Nia Chase his paralegal is very fast and accurate in her job, knows what is going on and is always ready to help out on any aspect of the case that is needed. I can not say enough about them but if you need a good attorney Benjamin and Nia are the ones to get.
Posted by Norman Orogasey, a DUI client, Flag
I called Benjamins office with "Waaaay to many problems to list". Ben was responsive and had incredible follow-through. As well, he allowed payments to be made so that I didn't have to sell an organ to pay for it. Highly recommend!!
Posted by a Family client, Flag
I hired Ben because the show was good and he made me sound like i had a good case in a child custody battle. He lost twice in court to my ex who represented herself without a lawyer and is only 21 yrs old. He never called or called back when he said he would. Him and his assistant make you believe they know the answers but dont know anything. My child support was actually raised after they went to court with out consulting me or me even knowing. I was only given very minimal time with my child. I could of done a better job without him as an attorney and representing myself in court. If you don't want to waste time energy money or stressful times i dont reccommend him. Im out two thousand dollars, but take my advice and spend good money on a expensive lawyer because it will add up with Ben. The reviews here show.
Posted by a client, Flag
completely agree with the review that stated, "He wouldn't keep me informed at all. Always unavailable." Everything in that review is absolutely, 100% true.
However, I do believe some of the problem happens to be his "assistant" Nia Chasse. She happens to be one of the most incompetent people I have ever met.
Also, Ben is running a want-to-be lawyer office, in my opinion; if you pay attention, everyone in his office has the last name Platt. I hired Ben to handle a divorce for me and ended up, after nearly eight months of them attempting to serve my ex-husband, flying into Spokane from across the country to serve my ex-husband myself. I thought that is what I hired an attorney for?
Also, I would leave persistent emails and voicemails requesting callbacks and information with no reply. Then I would receive my invoice and be charged for his assistant/receptionist reading them!
I hired an attorney for legal advice, not to constantly get advice from his high school girl receptionist; although, I am not sure if Ben could provide legal advice himself.
When I went into the office after months of trying to get a hold of them, I was standing in the office with Ben and Nia. I proceeded to ask Ben a question about my case and Nia started arguing with him about his answer. They couldn't agree on the answer. It was a simple legal question regarding defaulting in a divorce case.
In the early stages of the process, once I figured out what a joke of an office they were, I asked about "firing" them and what my refund would be. They had stated that my funds I had given them were pretty much used up and the case was almost completed. It lasted nine more months.
This experience was exhausting. Also, the last reviewer stated, "After I finally got through to him stating that I was very unhappy with him, he filed paper with the court dumping me as a client," I can completely relate to this person. I sent probably six emails asking the same question with no response, so when I finally sent another one expressing my dissatisfaction he replied saying I was disrespecting his staff and he would no longer have any correspondence with me.
I simply had stated in my email that I felt as if it was unprofessional to not receive a reply from his assistant. This was not disrespect; it was simply an excuse Ben is using to not provide customer satisfaction. This is what his firm is all about; excuses.
This place is a joke, they might not charge as much as other divorce lawyers, but I would go back and pay thousands more to someone else who actually values their clients and does not have to ask their receptionist legal questions.
Good luck if you choose to hire Ben as your legal representation, you will need it.
Posted by E.W., a Family client, Flag
I highly recommend Benjamin D. Platt as a Family Law attorney.
Mr. Platt has represented me since 2007 for multiple issues post divorce (which my original Divorce Attorney neglected and did a lousy job) up to current issues in 2010.
Being a single mother, it was very important to find an attorney who would not take advantage of me financially, but also be an attorney who is empathetic, understanding and strong. He cares about his clients, yet balances out to be that strong arm against the other party.
Mr. Platt has ALWAYS strived for high results in these issues with my dead-beat ex. From Child Support issues, Parenting Plan/Safety issues to Relocation. He got me results.
Mr. Platt is well educated. As well, he understands the politics in the Spokane legal system. HE GETS ANSWERS FAST. And very well networked within the legal community.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
He wouldn't keep me informed at all. Always unavailable. Mailbox to leave messages always full. I went into his office several times to communicate with him after several unsuccessful attempts to contact him via phone and he was always out of the office or unavailable. He sent mail to a wrong address even though he had my correct address on file. After I finally got through to him stating that I was very unhappy with him, he filed a paper with the court dumping me as a client as I was not doing my part by keeping in touch with him. But yet it was the other way around. He took my $1500 and ran. I would NOT recommend this attorney at all!!!