ReviewsThe following is a sampling of client reviews for the attorneys at Livesay & Myers:


“★★★★★ I can’t begin to express what a wonderful experience I had working with Matthew Smith and his paralegal, Caitlin Wilkinson. They were professional, thorough, knowledgeable and most of all, kind and understanding during a difficult and painful process. Divorce is a scary time and there’s no greater comfort than feeling you have the best on your side—and hiring Matthew is hiring the best. He consistently worked to balance what was best for my case based on his extensive experience, knowledge and genuine interest in my well-being, as well as my personal values and needs. He cared about my case and I always felt like a priority. Caitlin Wilkinson was an absolute joy—she took all of my calls as though I was speaking with a trusted advisor and friend. They worked diligently, efficiently and with genuine compassion to resolve my matter in a way that was better than I could have ever hoped for!” – G.B.

“★★★★★ I needed the best attorney possible to help me through a divorce that I felt would be hard and difficult. I was referred to Ms. Anneshia Miller Grant of Livesay & Myers Law Firm. She was amazing! Step by step, she knew exactly what to do in every situation she encountered. She worked hard and diligently with confidence, professionalism, knowledge and ease. She was always well prepared, aggressive in getting the job done and worked in a timely manner. I was well informed and knew daily what was happening during my case, which is very important. She is an excellent attorney. Her performance and knowledge in her profession was outstanding! I am very satisfied with the results of my case. I highly recommend Ms. Miller Grant to anyone in need of an attorney who seems so personally dedicated in working hard to get the best results for her clients. Thank you Ms. Miller Grant and your staff at Livesay & Myers!” – Mike Z.

“★★★★★ I had a great experience with Ms. Shirin Afsous and Ms. Julie Colon. They handled my case with professionalism, while maintaining a genuine empathy for the situation that brought me to them. I was able to obtain the optimal outcome with Ms. Afsous’ advice, and my case was resolved quickly. This was done at a more than reasonable price for the value I received. They were transparent about the work they did and kept me involved through the whole process. I will be using their services again in the future and highly recommend.” – Darius

“★★★★★ I had a child custody case and hired Ms. Brianna Salerno as my attorney and her assistant Ms. Caitlin Wilkinson. I have nothing but glowing reviews for these 2 individuals that helped me greatly throughout my case. I never had to hire an attorney in my life before so it was nerve wrecking at first but they guided me through every step of the way. My case had settled before it was in the final stage but I am so glad I had these 2 on my side. Would recommend to anyone that is going to child custody.” – Tony

“★★★★★ Matthew Smith… and the entire staff at Livesay & Myers were an exceptional team to work on my family law issue. Each provided sound advice and clearly laid out my options at each step in the process. Never looking to push me in any direction, Livesay and Myers was clear that their only goal was to get me through the legal process with both my child’s and my best interest in mind. If any future legal issues arise, I would not consider going to any other firm besides Livesay and Myers. Also I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs legal advice or action in child custody/support matters.” – Casey D.

“★★★★★ Anneshia Miller Grant was very professional in her demeanor. She was very knowledgeable with the presentation of my case. I was impressed Anneshia’s achievements which I found on the law firm’s website when searching for lawyers. When I met with her, I had a feeling of confidence from her and reassurance by her. As a dedicated father I found it a struggle with my ex-wife allowing me to see my son and daughter. Ms. Grant was strong and calm and she guided me through a very difficult chapter of life. It felt like Ms. Grant was personally invested in my case. She was always prompt in responding to whatever curve ball was thrown in my case. Ms. Grant and she was able to answer all of my questions and she was very confident about my case. A father who was deployed during the custody battle, Ms Grant provided outstanding feedback and will to work around the hour difference. Ms. Grant kept me informed throughout the whole process. Ms. Grant is amazing attorney and I am very satisfied with her work. (Outstanding)” – Jerry


“★★★★★ I have had quite a few experiences with family law attorneys and I have to say without a doubt that Livesay & Myers were easily the best. Laila Raheen and her assistant were competent, thorough and informative. Questions were answered without delay and tough legal jargon was quickly explained before I could even pick up the phone to ask. My case was settled out of court and within a timely manner. Highly recommended.” – TeAndre T.

“★★★★★ [Carolyn] Eaton pushed opposing counsel and my ex-spouse to finally agree to some kind of settlement that was okay for me. She always asked what I wanted to do and provided the best advice for my situation – she was always looking out for my interests! I recommend Ms. Eaton and her team at Livesay & Myers to anyone who needs the most excellent counsel! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!” – Michael C.

“★★★★★ I am extremely satisfied with the service I received from Livesay and Myers. I had 100% support from [Laila] Raheen, my attorney, and her paralegal, Ms. Stanley. Ms. Raheen was abundantly helpful in giving me advice and guiding me through my legal matters and assisting me in making the best decisions for me. Ms. Stanley always made sure that things went smoothly and stayed in close communication. At the end Ms. Raheen and Ms. Stanley closed the case to my benefit. Exceptional professional service. Thank you to all.” – Christian R.

“★★★★★ I can’t say enough concerning the level of professionalism and dedication that Laila [Raheen] and Gigi provided regarding my matter. Laila was an extremely knowledgeable resource in proving me guidance and legal advice during my divorce. Both Laila and Gigi provided prompt thorough responses to my questions and concerns. Gigi was efficient and dedicated concerning her paralegal aspect of the case. They were prompt in their responses. On the financial side they kept their billable rate to satisfactory levels, while still providing high quality legal advice and assistance.” – David


“★★★★★ Ariel Baniowski has done an outstanding job in representing me with professional legal guidance, support and strategy during my custody and child support hearings, concerning my infant daughter. While I originally sought an attorney that was a similar to Jack McCoy-style ‘Bull in the china shop,’ Ariel proved to be different, but much preferred, to what I thought I wanted. She possessed the ability to not only listen to what I wanted, but integrate my desires into a coherent and sound legal strategy that provided me a with better result than first anticipated. She was both candid and forthright throughout the process, which allowed me to anticipate and understand the legal process and what was in store for me. I highly recommend Ariel (as I call her), because not only does she care about your desires and what’s best for your child(ren), she can stand her ground against opposing counsel. Livesay and Myers is a warm and inviting firm where you can feel that the entire staff from the receptionist to the paralegal is committed to helping you through your ordeal.”– Roslyn

“★★★★★ [Jonathan McHugh and his paralegal] made a phenomenal team during an emotionally draining legal action. Their combined approach ensured that I was completely confident in their professional skills, while they also conveyed compassion and empathy during the situation to its conclusion. They were forthright, direct, communicative, and honest throughout the entire process. Any and all questions that I had were responded to in a VERY timely manner, and both seemed to go well beyond the routine working hours to address my questions. I feel very fortunate to have been referred to L&M, and to have been served by this wonderful team, and would highly recommend them to anyone seeking legal representation.” – Bill

“★★★★ Amanda Stone Swart and her team were amazing. If you have never needed a lawyer before and unsure of what questions to ask, Amanda is your lawyer. I had never needed a lawyer before, and she was able to explain to me what the process was, what my options were and how my decisions affected the options provided to me. I was nervous, but she ensured me that everything would be okay and that she would guide me through the process step by step. Tatyana Spurgeon, Amanda’s paralegal was also amazing. If Amanda was at court and unable to respond to my email, Tatyana was on it, I always received a return email within the hour, most times sooner. Jessica White the accountant kept up with my trust fund, and again if I had any questions at all, she would respond almost immediately. If you are fearful of hiring a law firm, this firm has top notch professionals. They aren’t in it just for the money, they care about your justice and your rights! Thank you Amanda and team for being such AMAZING people and for the support you provided to me. I almost forgot they had other cases to attend too, that’s how attentive they are. Amanda and Tatyana make you feel like your the only case they’re working on.” – J.F.

“★★★★★ I scouted Ariel [Baniowski] several months before choosing her. She paired up with Isabella Baldanza who is a paralegal and a great teammate to Ariel. For over a year, they worked tirelessly for me and ALWAYS told me the truth, even if I didn’t want to hear it. Ariel doesn’t give you false hope and she doesn’t let you make mistakes as a client. I was very emotional at times, rightly so, but she always managed to keep me focused and she always had a solid response to what I needed. She is a bright and motivated attorney and I am so glad I chose her. She fought for me and stays professional at all times. I would NEVER want to be her opponent.” – A. Allen

“★★★★★ Divorce sucks. It entails loss, pain, and grief. It also means you face uncertainty and unknowns, especially with respect to your rights and the legal process. No matter your situation, you need to know all the legal and financial aspects of the divorce. You need a lawyer, and a firm, you can trust and partner with throughout the process.

From my first meeting with Jonathan McHugh, I felt I could not only trust him, but that I wasn’t ‘just another divorce.’ I felt the same when meeting Tatyana. Both were genuinely interested in the specifics of my case, and treated me with the utmost respect, humanity, patience, and professionalism throughout the duration of my case. As divorce negotiations proceeded, I felt confident that Jonathan and Tatyana always had my best interests in mind. The result was a fair settlement.

I highly recommend Jonathan and Tatyana, and Livesay & Myers as a firm.” – Michael D.

“★★★★★ Amanda [Stone Swart] was a world of help during the dissolution of my marriage. She was very compassionate and caring. I was able to rely on her to have accurate information and quick responses to my questions. She was highly knowledgeable of what I needed to think about in regards to my future financially and the future of my children. Her advice helped establish a custody arrangement that was agreeable to both parties. Amanda was so supportive of me during the most difficult time of my life. Her dependability made me comfortable with the decisions I was making. There is no question that she had my best intentions in mind. I highly recommend her services.” – Carrie

“★★★★★ I went through an extremely difficult multi-year divorce and custody fight. Ariel [Baniowski] was extremely competent, and worked tirelessly to ensure we came out with the best outcome possible. I can’t speak highly enough about Ariel or the team at Livesay and Myers. Again, thank you for what you’ve done for my family.” – Derek

“★★★★★ I came across Livesay & Myers by fluke stemming from a negative experience with another attorney… and I am SO glad that I had that experience because it brought me to Jon [McHugh] & Tatyana. They are both prompt, honest, and thorough. I felt like I truly mattered the entire time and taken care of. The need for an attorney is usually an unfortunate one, however, life happens and I couldn’t have asked for better guidance and support. Every person I came in contact with from Livesay & Myers was pleasant, knowledgeable, and willing. I have only positives to say, and many of them. Highly recommend.” – Natalie S.

“★★★★★ I had the pleasure of hiring a team of women that get the job done, Amanda [Stone Swart] and Jenny. By no means was my divorce the most complicated in the history of human matrimony, but to me it was the only one that mattered. My mother told me to hire an attorney who was a bulldog, so I needed a team who would not fold like a lawn chair when faced with manipulation. I was confident this is what I got. They never seemed to have any interest in mind, other than mine. From day one, I was comfortable communicating with them and had confidence that I made the right choice. I never had to wait for a response to any question I had. My divorce was complete in less than a year and they made every effort possible to keep the costs down wherever possible. I highly recommend the services of Amanda and Jenny. Thank you. :)” – Tony C.


“★★★★★ I was very pleased with my attorney [Caitlyn] Stubbs and the way my case was handled in a timely matter and most importantly I was granted primary custody of my son, I really couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. They are very professional and I would recommend them to anyone that wants the best representation.” – Ryan K.

“★★★★★ I wanted to express my gratitude to Ben [Carafiol] and your team efforts and dedication to my case. Your professionalism and attention to detail made the process of my divorce less stressful. Even when I wanted to give up you and your team helped guide me and keep me on point. Your vast knowledge of divorce and military law/retirement helped me immensely. I personally recommend Ben Carafiol for anyone who needs a caring attorney. It was truly a pleasure working with you.” – Crystal W.

“★★★★★ Sarah Patras and the team at Livesay & Myers did a excellent job with my case. She was always timely with her responses, honest, and helpful during a difficult time. I highly recommend this firm. I will surely return if I ever need their services in the future.” – Zachery R.

“★★★★★ Very knowledgeable and very caring. [Caitlyn] Stubbs was very kind, gentle and professional while helping me with my case. She explained things to me the way I could understand them instead of talking over my head during such a difficult process. Her paralegal, Ms. Lloyd was equally as kind and knowledgeable and made a difficult situation seem almost effortless.” – Kelly B.

“★★★★★ I highly recommend Benjamin Carafiol for representation in personal/family legal matters, he and the team of Ashley Constant, and Matthew Hall were caring, professional, and efficient in all of their correspondence and office visits. By far, Benjamin is an attorney you can trust to handle your legal matters most effectively, I would highly recommend him to family, friends, and anyone in need of an outstanding attorney and exceptional firm.” – Kenneth G.

“★★★★★ Caitlyn [Stubbs] and her assistant Nikki were terrific. They were there for me when I needed them and always had the answers to my questions. While divorce is never easy it helps when someone is there to help you through the rough spots.” – Susan

“★★★★★ I highly recommend the law firm of Livesay & Myers, P.C. Ben Carafiol and his paralegal, Ashley Constant were extremely helpful, followed up at every juncture, and were prepared for every meeting. They were able to put me at ease during some stressful situations, with very favorable results. Everyone I met with at the firm was friendly, helpful, and reliable. – Janet H.

“★★★★★ I hired Caitlyn Stubbs to represent me in an uncontested divorce that crossed state lines. Caitlyn and her paralegal, Ashley Constant, were amazing and very responsive to my queries. They processed my divorce quickly and were very helpful during each step in the process. Thank you Caitlyn and Ashley!” – Lance K.

“★★★★★ Ben Carafiol and Nikki Lloyd were outstanding professionals as my lawyer and paralegal, respectively. There were prompt in my questions, candid in their professional expertise, and courteous from beginning to end in my divorce proceeding. Thank you.” – Ron C.

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