5.0 stars 41 totalReview Raiford Palmer
Posted by anonymous
Raif represented me in the dissolution of my 19 year marriage. With Raif's guidance, we got through the process in a manner that was expedient, equitable, and unthreatening to both parties. My divorce was the most emotionally difficult experience of my life. I won't say Raif made the experience easy because I'm not sure that's possible. But he kept it sane, reasonable, and on-track for an outcome that worked. He was highly knowledgeable, had vast experience in family law, and frankly, was an extremely easy person to work with. I would highly recommend Raif. I feel lucky to have had has counsel through such a challenging time.
Posted by Jan
"Raif" took me under his wing and was my adviser, consultant, coach and counselor during a long, very complicated 2 year divorce. I had originally hired a #1 rated attorney who owned the firm but she really did not "have my back" and was too busy with too many clients to contact her in a reasonable time for consults/questions. When contacting Raif, he always called me within 24 hours or sooner. I felt he "was there for me", unlike the divorce attorney I had originally hired and was working with. Unfortunately, I found Raif a month before my divorce was final. If I would have hired him from the start (I didn't know of him) I truly believe my divorce would have been expedited much sooner, with better results in the end for me, and I would NOT have had to pay $150,000 in attorney's fees!! :(
I have recommended him to two people that I know that need his services and they are very happy with him. In summary, I was married for thirty years with an abusive husband and contemplated getting a divorce since 2001. I have seen consulted, and engaged with sixteen attorneys in that time frame so I have a pretty good idea of what, in general, they are like.
About Raif...He is not your "normal attorney" meaning, he is compassionate, takes time for you, eases your fears and will do whatever it takes to help you. He drove back to his office in the middle of his vacation for our first consultation because he knew I was in desperate need of him. Who does that?! This is why I say he is not your normal attorney. He even "gives back" to the community for Women in Need. He is genuinely a nice, caring person which is extremely hard to find in attorneys out there.
Posted by Jeff
I hired Raif Palmer to work on a very complex post decree matter. We addressed the issues, filed the appropriate motions to seek a solution and it all worked out wonderfully.
Family lawyers get a bad rap for all of the back and forth that comes naturally to the process between spouses or ex-spouses. Raif refuses to get mired down in the drama and uses his expertise to seek meaningful solutions, which he did for me. I would recommend him to anyone and will definitely use him again if the need arises.
Posted by anonymous
I could not have gotten through the divorce process without Raif. He not only was a complete professional but understood what I was going through on a personal level. I would rate both Raif's professionalism and demeanor and understanding at the highest of levels.
Posted by Martha
After having had two less than satisfactory experiences with other attorneys, I found Raif through this site. From our first meeting I felt I was in good hands. Raif is skilled, efficient, professional, an effective communicator and strategizer, and compassionate. Throughout my entire divorce process Raif was not only my attorney, he was my advocate. I'm certain I could not have had better representation.
Posted by Ron
Raif helped me resolve a complex college cost allocation issue. He is very straightforward and lays out the strategic options before doing a lot of work. He is very knowledgeable - including re: complex financial matters - and genuinely cares about his clients. You want Raif to be on your side!
Posted by Bill
I was very pleased to be represented by Raif Palmer and the whole team at Sullivan Taylor & Gumina. Raif is surrounded by a great team of professionals who do top-quality work in family law and work as a team to improve their craft. I felt well cared for. My concerns were always addressed. I could easily contact Raif by text any time. He managed my case well. Now looking back after a few months I can say the result was good. My case was simple on paper -- what made mine difficult was a difficult ex. My ex would just say no and stonewall for literally 15 months. Raif used the process to eventually get a resolution.
Divorce is so difficult, emotionally painful, and costly. But that's just it - that's just divorce. I can't change divorce, I can't change the painfully slow legal process. All I could do was get a good therapist and a good attorney.
Posted by Brooke
For several years I searched for an attorney who would take my case to heart and advocate for me as if I was his own family. All the attorneys I had ever worked with were only interested in making money and getting a quick result. Raif was everything I had looked for and more. He was extremely kind, understanding, he listened to every fact I gave and used it. In court he was brilliant, knowing just what to say at every moment. He won a nearly impossible case for me and I am so grateful. Most of all though, he kept interactions between me and the opposing attorney and my ex calm and stress free just because of his approach. Thank you thank you thank you, you have saved my life !!
Posted by Hugo
If you are reading this review you are likely going through one of the most difficult times of your life. My prayers go to you to make it through the best you can.
My process was very difficult as we were dealing with an irrational counter-party filled with hatred. This made the process long, difficult, frustrating uncertain.
Raif was excellent at drawing the best path for us and always being the voice of reason and the expert advise to keep us on track.
Many times things heated up horribly and I was tempted to fall into the same game and respond in kind; Raif always helped me cool down and keep our target on sight avoiding wasting time and money on useless emotional responses. He really was the cool-minded and expert guide I needed to see this process through.
My divorce process was absolutely horrible, but having Raif guiding me through it made the difference that allowed me to carry until the end.
Going through what you are about to go through cannot be pleasant, but having someone like Raif support you through it would make a huge difference. Best of luck!
Posted by Mike
Raif was my divorce attorney this year. According to Raif, I was a high income individual so protecting my interests while being fair (my concern) was paramount. I must say that not only was I pleased with Raif's knowledge through the process and demeanor in the joint sessions, but also I was especially pleased with ability to make sure the division of assets was fair and in the best interest of both parties (something I requested).
Following the divorce, I needed counsel on other topics - an employment contract, estate planning and a prenuptial agreement. Raif put me in touch with other highly qualified attorneys that were a pleasure to work with. I was very happy with Raif's ability to put me in touch with the right attorneys with the right personalities.