5.0 stars 11 totalReview Elaine Fraser
Posted by Joan
After a car crash I was in need of an attorney to represent me and help to settle my case with the insurance company. I visited the office of Harris & Fraser & spoke with Jo at the front office who was very kind to listen to my story and referred me to Elaine. I got a phone call the very next day to come in for an appointment! What a positive experience it has been to deal & work with Jo, Allison who assists Elaine & Elaine herself who was always available for any questions. I totally felt supported by them in every way even though my case was a minor one. My case is settled now and I can't thank all of them enough and highly recommend them.
Posted by greg
here is the email I sent Elaine after more than 6 years going through my divorce:
Elaine and Allison,
What a great team win! I can't thank you enough for your hard, well thought out approach. You know this process has been hard on me, you have seen my frustrations first hand. But you kept me on the tracks and after a long hard fight the good guys have another great win. I hope she has learned her lesson, though I don't think that to be the case.
When we sat down years ago I told you two things were important to me. Standing way out at the top of the list was time with my kids, it took a while but the court finally got it right. Even before, as much as I didn't like it, I had more time with my kids than most divorced dads in CA. But this latest win with my youngest son "insert son's name" is a testament to your hard and meticulous work. I saw it especially when we arrived at court, in stark contrast to "insert ex-wife name" myriad of attorneys, you were always completely prepared and ready for any curveballs. The second thing I really desired was for "ex wife's name" not to share in my future upside. With this latest ruling moving to 3% of my upside that provides another win.
Congrats to us all, what a team we all made.
Elaine (and Allison) were head and shoulders above the 6 different attorneys my ex-wife hired over the years. Elaine was always honest with me, she never sugar coated my chances, she helped me understand that common sense and the rules for our family courts do not always go hand and hand, there are rules judges and courts have to play by even if they don't like them. I didn't always like the rulings along the way, though on balance, the results were always pretty good for me as a dad in California and a system that clearly favors the mom. Elaine was never outworked, never un-prepared, and her strategies were always on target. In the court room, Elaine shined, it was clear she was respected by the judges and the court room personnel. She always made the attorneys on the other side look like amateurs.
In the end, through very hard work and great strategies, I was able to gain custody of my youngest son. I spent 4 and a half years flying from my home in Florida to CA (where my ex wife had taken the kids without my consent) every weekend to be with my kids. I have never heard of another father, even if common sense dictated that it was in the best interest of the child to do so, who was able to have the court rule that a child should move 3,000 miles across the country to be with his dad. In my case, this clearly was best for my son, but to have a court rule that way is not a normal occurrence.
I don't wish divorce upon my worst enemy, but if you are in san mateo county CA and you need representation, you could not find a better attorney than Elaine Fraser (and her team)
Posted by Rob
Worked with Elaine over the dissolution of my marriage of 19 years in a collaborative divorce process in 2015. She was amazingly professional, warm, caring, nonjudgmental, and very helpful to me as I went through this process.
I may have come in thinking that the collaborative process was a bit of a waste of time, but she and the team helped me understand that the process helped both sides feel that they had an equal voice and would be supported throughout the process.
As "my" attorney in the process, she guided me through decisions and framing with the expertise of somebody who's been doing this for quite a long time and understands the possible scenarios and permutations very well. She worked very well with the other lawyer and the collaborative team, but I also felt that she "had my back" throughout the process as well.
Couldn't recommend her more highly - I'm a professional / consultant myself, and I hope that my clients feel as strongly about my work as I did about hers...
Posted by Marjorie
I can't say enough positive things about her. She met me during a rough time (everyone says that - sorry if it's trite!). She helped me resolve some difficult settlement issues. She was sympathetic, reassuring, kind, and of course extremely knowledgable. She helped me even after it was done. I know there are many many good attorneys. But not that many who are great. She is. I can't recommend her enough!!!
Posted by Karen
I used Elaine last year for an alimony settlement. My ex-husband wanted to lower his alimony payments to me, or completely eliminate support. Elaine and her staff were so helpful and kept me up to date with everything. We ended up going to mediation, and I couldn't have been prouder to have Elaine as my attorney that day! She was so professional and informed. Her staff is a pleasure to work with as well.
Anonymous review posted on
I hired Elaine Fraser for my divorce and custody issues. Getting a divorce is never easy, but mine was further complicated due to domestic violence. Elaine and her team worked tirelessly to keep my children and I safe from further harm. She made me feel as if I were her only client, even though I knew she was busy, taking time time to return calls and emails. I never felt neglected, even during the weeks when I knew she was in court with other clients. Elaine was up to date in recent changes regarding domestic violence and restraining order laws and made sure the judge and opposing attorney were aware as well. Without her my children and I would not be living the wonderful life we do today. I would not hesitate to recommend Elaine to anyone in need of an attorney.
Anonymous review posted on
I have been a client for around 10 years with a very complicated child custody situation. Elaine and her staff helped me with through many difficult (and bizarre) situations and I always felt well represented. I would highlight Elaine's commanding presence in the court room and her ability to stress the important points to the judge. In my experience, Elaine is always incredibly prepared and organized for whatever twists and turns happen in the courtroom. I truly value Elaine's expertise and advice in family law and I appreciate her emphasis on what is best for the child .
Posted by Kendall
Elaine is a consummate professional. She is extremely detail oriented and a pleasure to work with. Right away she noticed errors in my court case that other lawyers missed. Her office staff is delightful and highly skilled.
Posted by Tracy
Elaine Fraser represented me through a very tough and complicated divorce and custody arrangement. She is the consummate professional, poised and respected in court, and privately full of patience and empathy. Her office was responsive to all my needs, in what was a long and complex process. I have the utmost respect for Elaine and her team, and recommend her for anyone facing the sad aspect of divorce.
Anonymous review posted on
When I went through a divorce seven years ago, I wanted a lawyer that was compassionate, responsive, knowledgeable, and totally "on my side". I got that and more from Elaine Fraser.
Although I was working with a mediator, I needed my own advocate that would have my best interest at heart, and who could steer me through not only the facts, but the emotions involved in separating from a spouse of 12 years.
Elaine was clear, concise, and so supportive in her explanation of my options. She helped steer me through the mediation process, but I always felt that, if we had to "take the gloves off" and go to court, she would win hands down. With her help, I got through the divorce with my finances, and most importantly my dignity, intact.
She knows the law, responds quickly, and tempers her excellent advice with sensitivity.
You can't go wrong if you have her on your side.