4.0 stars 36 totalReview Benjamin Platt
Posted by Jenny
Ben Platt seems to be a basically decent guy, but as a lawyer he was instrumental in leaving me in an extremely precarious and vulnerable position, financially drained, and my children regularly in the hands of an abuser.
I was referred to Ben by the YWCA, where his wife is a domestic violence legal advocate. I did not know this at the time. In hindsight this seems like a conflict of interest. I was trying to leave a violent marriage, being threatened, stalked, financially cut off, and needed to act quickly to secure safety for my children and I. I did not have the strength to self represent. Although I asked for the temporary relief of a restraining order, I was advised not to ask for one. The other party’s lawyer wanted to move through the process quickly in shortened time, and assured no trouble. Ben was aware that the lawyer is one of the more contentious, trial prone attorneys in family law. I was not. Ben advised trusting the other party. Stalking and harassment continued. In later discussions, Ben didn’t even think we could mediate or attempt settlement, and didn't try. Trials are big money for attorneys. Any difficulty was always the other attorney's fault.
Communication was poor. Ben’s office did nothing in a timely manner. Preparation was poor. Responses were made in a hurry. Staff turnover was high, and new staff meant more time getting up to speed on my case. My temporary orders were lost by the court, Ben had a family emergencies (but didn’t tell me). He reconstructed orders incorrectly. Had he returned my multiple calls, he could have easily created the orders properly. It cost me thousands, and potential protection for my kids. Although I asked repeatedly, and made it clear that DV should be brought up every time we were in court, Ben would not pursue acknowledgement of domestic violence. It is taboo and makes the court uncomfortable, because they are going to give kids to abusers anyway. Ben made it clear that he could handle only the stereotypical abuser who blackens eyes and breaks bones. Ben blamed me for not pursuing restrictions after he advised I couldn't and wouldn't be successful if I tried. I asked for a loophole free parenting plan. My plan has so many holes it looks like Swiss cheese. The abuser creates chaos with this.
I let Ben go after a few things happened that shed some light on the sad state of affairs of family law: #1-He offered to assist me in filing a bankruptcy, after I paid him approx $20k in charges. #2-He discussed in front of me, with another guardian, getting a friend of his into the GAL program who had a previous record of abuse. #3-After multiple post-divorce filings by the litigious ex, he told me that I could only protect my kids if they were being sexually abused or had broken bones or bruises, but that wouldn’t happen if I didn’t force them to go on abusive visits. #4-He texted me while patronizing the abusive ex's place of business, while I was currently retaining him for services.
I have chosen to no longer participate in continued abuse through litigation. I have since been fined and browbeaten multiple times by the court for not litigating. I will potentially lose my children. I cannot afford the time and energy that is necessary to devote to fighting with an personality disordered individual. I want to live in peace. While it is bittersweet to know that I was correct in feeling afraid that I wouldn’t be protected in getting out, it is sad to see how others participate in a system that financially destroys and revictimizes survivors.
I bear no ill will against Ben, but he was not capable of handling my (unwanted, by me) high-conflict, domestic abuse divorce. If this is not your situation, he might be ok.
Posted by Kristine
I contacted Mr. Platt in July of 2015. At this time a very contentious custody case was underway with a long history of litigation. I was attempting to coordinate from another state and needed nothing less than the best to represent myself and the best interest of my child. After over a year of litigation, my conclusion is that I absolutely made the right choice...Mr. Platt and his team of professionals are the best. Mr. Platt is highly knowledgeable, presents a strong and honest work ethic, and is aggressive when needed yet maintains his professionalism. He cares about his client and is sensitive to the emotions involved in many cases as well as insuring that the client feels supported. He welcomes client questions and consistently keeps the client informed. When Mr. Platt steps into the courtroom you can be confident that he will be prepared and that he will do everything in his power to get the desired outcome for his client. My case has finally come to a close and I will be forever grateful to Mr. Platt and his team...they are not only a stellar group of professionals, but they are also a tremendous group of people.
Posted by anonymous
Ben was good when he was hired on but them the communication got lost in translation and his assistant at the time failed to communicate the correct date for court and then I had a bench warrant out for missing the court date. I finally figured out that I could look at the Spokane County District Court page and find what day and time and court room I needed to be in. I left several message for his to return my call and nothing until I got upset and then he said he never got any calls from me. (I have the phone records for proof). Needless to say he won't be given a good review my me.
Posted by Marina
I have worked with Ben on my relocation case. I had complications at first as my cased was transitioned from one attorney to another. At the end I was impressed because we were able to get resolution instead of trial but if we did need trial, Ben was fully prepared and ready to go. Ben is very knowledgeable and had great communication. I went into his office in a middle of my move and a messy situation that my ex had created for me. Ben handled everything with high professionalism and made things work. It was stressful enough to handle situation with my ex that involved my son and emotions ran high but I am very grateful that Ben and Liz were very attentive and supportive and guided me through the process. I recommend hiring Benjamin Platt Law Office.
Posted by KatieJane
I'm not even going into my battle but its gone on for almost 12 years, yea my son is 16. Ben & his staff are incredible on several different levels. I'm impressed because we were able to get resolution instead of trial but if we did need trial, he was so on point & ready to go. Ben is very knowledgeable & I appreciate the reseach and extra mile his staff goes. He is the first attorney to actually listen to me & have a logical augment for a modification of my parenting plan. I respect that he is very matter of fact & very honest with me about my case. I went into his office a mess and distraught two days before my court date with these crazy papers a fake paralegal had "helped" me with. Ben & his paralegal Jason fixed everything and made me feel like everything would be ok and it was. I knew I wasn't Bens only case, its a long process going through the courts, and ultimately it would be up to a judge if we went to trial. For the first time in my life I'm so happy I had Benjamin Platt for my attorney instead of one of my exes attorneys. I know its so stressful when your kids are involved and you're emotionally invested that's why I'm so thankful to Ben & his staff for being on my team. Benjamin Platt Law Office deserves many praises!
Posted by Sylvia
I am forever grateful to Mr. Platt and the rest of his staff for their continued efforts and care with my cases. I did not know how to face these legal battles but with Mr. Platt on my side, he made it easy. His dedication to justice and care for his clients is immeasurable. Though I hope to not have to deal with anymore legal issues, I know I will always be in good hands and that Mr. Platt will be my lawyer for life.
Posted by Bfc
Does he even lift? Of course he does, all day like a boss and gets it done! Gains all day; no matter what is thrown his way. Still in the midst of new matters from my ex manipulative wife. I'm confident in 110s all day and even on Saturdays.
Posted by Sarah
Working with Ben, Nia, Natalie, and Jason has been a roller coaster of mixed emotions (duh-working with any divorce lawyer would be since divorce is just plain scary) However, they have kept me strong, confident, and have shown me true genuine support the entire time. They have a high knowledge of family law and know how to do a great job. I highly recommend Ben Platt as your attorney for family law.
Posted by anonymous
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
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 ! !