Anonymous review posted on
I am sharing a review because people going through divorces are emotionally distraught, and it is important to know what others have experienced if it will prevent someone else from having the same experience. He is good at making you believe he is on your side going in. Once inside, however, the momentum slows and the support weakens. I used him to represent me in a divorce from a parasitic type who drains woman after woman and who has his own inherited comforts and previously owned property. Needless to say, I ended up paying an unemployed loser a temporary bridge alimony sum and of course got the upside-down house, as the primary wage earner. I love the house and am okay with that because I'm finishing my PhD and have a fantastic position and no desire to retire. HOWEVER, the home ownership transfer deed sat unprocessed in Mr. Valentine's office MONTHS after the divorce, allowing my stalking ex to walk onto the property and take whatever he could--the police would have had to let him in at that point simply because Valentine's office didn't follow through. At one point prior to settling the divorce, but months into the process, when my ex resisted what was on the table, Mr. Valentine looked at me and said, "He wants to drag this into court--you have never seen me fight, but when I do fight I go all out." My unstated thought was: Yes, why is it that I have not yet seen you fight. He allowed my ex to sneak in a clause that kept me from declaring the temporary bridge alimony as a tax deduction. Yes, everyone is supposed to read the divorce "contract," but your attorney is supposed to look out for you and give you a heads up in my opinion--and when the person you're divorcing is a bully with an arrest record, you can be pretty panicked. So all I can say is that he did not look out for me, and I regret having dealt with him.
Anonymous review posted on
I hired Mr. Valentine for a custody case years ago. As a male, needless to say i was the underdog. I couldn't have had a better attorney.
Posted by Derek
I went through one of the toughest times of my life with a recent family situation regarding my ex wife and children. Without going into detail, Mr. Valentine took the time to help me understand my options and a way I could work with my ex wife. As it turns out, I was able to reclaim visitation rights and be a part of my children growing up.
Posted by Diane
We were searching for a birth certificate from an adoption in the 70's & Mr. Valentine instead of a thorough search on his part proceeded with a legal name change costing me $1700.00 with no birth certificate. 3 months later my daughter did her own search & teceived her birth certificate in her adopted name for $23.00 through the Dept of Health in N.Y.!!! Valentine had the audacity to ask why did we search N.Y. after having all the onformation from me in writing. I asked repeatedly for him to call me & never heard from him. I should have reported him to the bar & still have time to do that. I was furious at how I was ignored. I even had to drive from GA to Lakeland to get an imvoice for charges incurred. My son lives in Lakeland & also had to "stop in" more than twice for results. This guy gives lawyers a worse name than they already have!
Posted by Melissa
I was in the worst nightmare of my life. My husband was living four states away when he filed for a divorce and wanted to pursue custody of our 20-month-old daughter. I had hired three attorneys before I found Mr. Valentine. He took my case not even 2-months before my final hearing. He listened to my every word and got caught up with my case in no time. He knew exactly what I wanted. He was my voice. I could not have done better if I spoke for myself. He is the first honest, experienced, gentleman attorney I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
His staff, well, they are perfect too! They are always warm and friendly rather I am on the phone or visiting the office. They never try to hurry me off the phone or cut me short - no matter how many questions I have. They never make me feel as if my questions are not important. They give Mr. Valentine all my messages and he promptly returns my calls.
You know the saying â€œsave the best for lastâ€? Well, that definitely applies in this case. If you are looking for a divorce/ child custody attorney, well, this is your guy. Do not waste your TIME or MONEY on anyone else. I have made him my attorney for life.