Lynn Tuttle is THE WORST. She unethically engaged with one party, who immediately convinced her that the other party was the worst parent ever. The bias was felt by me from the very first email from Lynn. He is haughty, privileged, and treated me like I was trash. She rescheduled appointments repeatedly, including on the day of the appointment, while the children's activities had to be canceled to accommodate her. She ignored my witnesses, including a therapist, and kept regurgitating the other party's witness lies. Lynn interviewed the kids, and anything they said about the other party, she blamed on me-I was coaching them according to her. I was not even there when the kids experienced all of this!!! She completely IGNORED THE KIDS' wishes - and she is supposedly there to protect their interests?! She sure was not! She made the kids so uncomfortable with her interrogation, one of them just shut her off during her multi-hour nagging, because she kept asking the questions to trip him, to get him to say what she wanted to hear-that is a direct quote from the child. She was there to support the lies the other party fed her. She is the worst and DANGEROUS! PLEASE SAVE YOUR KIDS A LOT OF ANXIETY, AND KEEP THEM AWAY FROM THIS HORRIBLE INDIVIDUAL, WHO SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO TOUCH HUMANS, FORGET DEALING WITH CHILDREN!!!
Area Mercer Island, WA
Cost $10,000 - $14,999
Date December 2015
Posted: 3/05/2018 • Link to this review
She is easily manipulated by the first parent she sees!! She is a disc race to the legal system and has caused more abuse than any one abuser could possibly accomplish!!! She blatantly lied about my testimony to her about a child telling me he was abused by say I didn't think the child was abused!!! She has completely destroyed a child's life and his mother because she is so easily manipulated by sociopathic personalities!!! This woman should have her license revoked and be held accountable for ignoring the true professionals opinions and going with her distorted sense of truth!!! SHE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE IF YOU ARE UP AGAINST A MANIPULATIVE TYPE PERSONALITY!! She puts children back into the arms of their abusers and punishes the people that actually love and care for children!! Words cannot begin to explain the damage I watched her creat!! Standing up in court for mentally twisted people because they either are paying the majority of her bill which ended up being 15,000 dollars or because she thinks that if you wear a suit and tie you must be innocent!! Who ever runs out of money first losses!!! She ignores psychiatrist, psychologist, doctors, and basic common sense. She makes up her mind quickly without looking at any of the facts, then proceeds to Destroy children's lives.. SHAME. SHAME. ON THIS LADY...
Area Bellevue, WA
Cost $10,000 - $14,999
Date July 2015
Posted: 10/23/2016 • Link to this review
I had the worst experience as a father with Lynn Tuttle's biased evaluation of my vs. my ex-wife's parenting. Ultimately it is a "he says vs. she says" which proves nothing. I too was very involved on a daily basis in my kids' lives. Waking them up every morning, getting them fed and to the bus stop. After school picking them up 70% of the time, finishing homework when needed and then dinner by ourselves or dining out most of the time because their mother was always working late. But no, that was not good enough. On top of that, my ex-wife endangered our daughter by trying to pull her out of my moving car (resulting in a 911 call and compelling police report), no foul there, I was told I contributed to the incident by wanting to rescue my child after a frantic call asking me to!! Nothing should justify doing something like this to a child. Ultimately, I never got 50/50 with my kids, despite the fact that they voiced their will to spend equal time with both parents, only to be told that it felt I had coached them to say that. While the kids testified on the record (black on white in the evaluation) that their mom told them if she didn't have majority custody they would have to live in an apartment (wouldn't that be coaching?). But I guess it's ok for a mother to coach the kids what to say. I ended with 6/14 nights. Sorry for my rambling, and if I sound upset. I am disgusted by the disregard for what's best for the children.
Posted: 2/04/2016 • Link to this review
If you or a family member has had Ms. Tuttle asigned to your family court system, petition the court for a different GAL. In our case she ignored pertinant information in court declarations and even police reports. She appeared to have her mind made up before she talked with some of the references, and presented a sloppy report that had not even been spell checked. Her report is the basis for court decisions that have condemned and punished the truthful parent while believing the one who is lying without proper investigation. Where is justice when children's lives depend on one person's twisted recommendations?
Posted: 6/18/2011 • Link to this review
She was our GAL and she was very thorough. She spent the time to interview everyone that had direct contact with our children and us. She did not waste money contacting family members that had only seen my kids 6 times in 10 years. She also did not interview people who were former victims of my xspouse. Even though I thought it would be helpful. She donated about 20 hours to finish our case. A commissioner had mistakenly quoted her retainer at 4,000 and her normal retainer is 7,500. It made my x mad. The case finished at 8. In the end after 3 DV arrests [one from another woman] my x was finally ordered to do a year of DV treatment. I don't think it will do any good, but it is on the record now. Lynn listened to my kids, the references, read the police reports, talked to former counselors and read all the written material provided to her. As a concerned citizen myself I would be worried if she wasn't spending time and money being thorough. Lynn investigates what is important and doesn't waste time on interviewing or researching what would not impact your kids. Sometimes the truth hurts.
Posted: 4/18/2011 • Link to this review
I agree with all the other reviews here. She sides with one side, in this case the one with the most money. She is very expensive and is slow, my thought is to extract the most money. She felt free to ignore evidence, such as testimony from experts, tests, etc. and was free in creating things that I supposedly said in our interviews. Stay away. You are warned.
Posted: 2/22/2011 • Link to this review
Lynn Tuttle needs to be put out of business so she is forced to find another career. I agree with all the negative reviews on her not to mention she was late to appointments and would even forget appointments. I would have to drive a long way to Mercer Island and sit in the hallway and have to repeatedly call her to remind her of our appointment. She took our retainer and immediately went on two vacations in a short period of time. Was suppose to get the job done in 3 months but took 7 months. She does not have a good moral or work ethic as echoed by other reviewers. She is biased and favors the one that can pay her hefty bills. She has worked in the court system and knows how to word reports and has drank too much court cool aid. She is a master mind con artist that know how to con parents out of a lot of money and life savings. She puts a further wedge between parents and their children. Wish we had never hired her and just agreed to a parenting plan ourselves. Again i echo the same concerns the other reviewers had, leaving out information, contacting certain people only basically anything that would support HER agenda which is fleece people to bulk up her bank account. Do not pick her as your parenting evaluator. She has ruined many lives don't let her mess with yours. She also delights in further court dates after she does her physio reports which means more money in her pocket. Please avoid her at all costs or it will cost you more than you ever imagined!!!
Posted: 1/11/2011 • Last edited: 1/19/2011 • Link to this review
If you have a choice, please do yourself a favor and do not pick this GAL to negotiate your case. In our case, she was biased towards the parent she related to the most. She quoted $4k but it ended up costing over $8k. She billed for every second but did not perform the necessary duties required to find out the truth. She made minimal effort to contact references and did not verify information. When she conducted interviews, her reports left out significant points and did not include all the information provided to her. She abused her position as a GAL and mandated unwarranted treatments. After observing her performance, it is my opinion that she has put children at risk and is only concerned with doing as little work as possible for the greatest financial reward. Again, if you have a choice, choose another GAL because I know there are those out there with integrity, pride and morals, you just need do a little research. Good luck!
Posted: 12/31/2010 • Last edited: 1/11/2011 • Link to this review
I have seen reviews for this gal and i am worried. My daughter lives with me full time due to unfortunate circumstances. I really hope she thouroughly investigates my daughters case and spends the time wisely doing it. If i am having to pay her retainer hopefully what needs to be done by her will be done right.
Posted: 10/05/2010 • Last edited: 1/11/2011 • Link to this review
I echo much of what has already been said. Bottom line is that she did not do what the court asked her to do, is not qualified to do what the court asked her to do, did not display a basic level of competence in the job, did not behave with a basic level of professionalism, either does not understand or intentionally misrepresents basic, important facts, has no discernible methodology, and is likely making a mess of too many lives unnecessarily. The parenting evaluation she wrote is mind-boggling on many levels. I have heard much the same about another case she was parenting evaluator for. I tend to view negative reviews as vindictive. Especially in legal matters, it is very likely that one party is going to be unhappy no matter what. That said, as far as I can tell, the reviews on Lynn Tuttle are unique in their agreement here. There are plenty of other GALs, parenting evaluators, etc. for folks to be vindictive about, but where are their reviews? My kids are suffering needlessly, I am suffering needlessly, and Ms. Tuttle is instrumental in the suffering.
Posted: 4/07/2010 • Last edited: 1/11/2011 • Link to this review
not compassionate. did not understand parental alienation syndrone yet my daughter is suffering it. Took easy ways out of conflict, never made a good call and was biased by lies. did nothing in a timely way either and the child still suffers from the horrible bs and manipulation that ms tuttle simply let slide or rewarded.
Posted: 1/21/2010 • Last edited: 1/11/2011 • Link to this review
Lynn Tuttle used to manage family court services for King county superior court and has obviously consumed too much of the Domestic violence industry koolaid. the court order appointing her as GAL ordered her to do two things: 1) investigate and report the FACTS and report the childrens desires regarding the parenting plan. She did neither. My ex alleged i abused my son. Not the case. After enought time We had 7 experts involved: school counselor, CPS, my kids' therapist of 2+ years, kids' pediatrician, court appointed family therapist, PhD parenting evaluator and Dr. Andy Benjamin. My ex took my son without my knowledge from his therapist to see Andy Benjamin (attorney turned therapist). Benjamin waded into the fray having never spoken to anyone but my ex and only 2 hours with my 8 YO son, told CPS and the court he thought i had abused my son. All The other 6 experts who actually spent time with both me and my ex and my kids and talked to collaterals agreed that i had not hurt my son. Nonetheless Lynn ignored the facts and wrote a report recommending that my time with all 3 of my kids should be reduced and contingent on completing DV treatment. She spent less than 18 hours actually talking to people. She never bothered to speak to the PhD parenting evaluator (who recommended 50/50 custody), the school counselor, CPS or the pediatrician. Hard to imagine any expert could work so hard to ignore the obvious. Then she came back and billed 3x the $4k she agreed to work for.
Posted: 10/08/2009 • Last edited: 1/11/2011 • Link to this review
Ms. Tuttle was selected as a guardian ad litem to investigate our grandchild being illegally removed from Wa. state to Utah and claims against our daughter as abusive to her partner and an addict. In her initial report to the court, Ms. Tuttle did not interview any of our daughter's family members, the school employees working with our granddaughter and only a couple friends. She did however interview the defendant, her referrals and her family. Her report was filed and was totally slanted toward the defendant. Her report was full of unsubstantiated heresay against our daughter, was poorly researched and flagrantly biased. For her final report we had to call and schedule interviews with her because she didn't bother to contact us for information regarding the case. After finally doing interviews with Ms. Tuttle, she misquoted us. She did not interview all of the family that wanted to give her information regarding our daughter, her ex, our granddaughter and their relationship. During the process of settling the case it was found that all of the allegations made against our daughter by her ex-partner had been lies and were substantiated by repeated UA's, doctor evaluations, psychiatric evaluations, and numerous supporting reports on our daughter's behalf. However, our granddaughter was not returned to our daughter because she had already been gone for over a year, even though such removal was illegal. Our granddaughter continues to suffer emotionally to this day.
Posted: 1/23/2009 • Last edited: 1/11/2011 • Link to this review
Although listed as one of the best GAL's in Seattle Lynn Tuttle will not treat the parties fairly, does not bill on time and is not working for nor looking into the best interest of the child. If you are looking for someone to truly look at all angles of the case I would stay away from this option and find someone with less of a bias and false threats and more concern and understanding of children.
Posted: 1/03/2009 • Last edited: 1/11/2011 • Link to this review