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Need an Estate Plan

for Your Family?

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Guide on Estate Planning for Young Families!

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Do you have children and still need an Estate Plan?
Having an Estate Plan in place for your family is critical now to ensure your children are cared for
according to your wishes.

We Understand! You are a busy family and Estate Planning can seem complex and overwhelming.   

We have helped hundreds of young families in Central Illinois with proper Estate Planning, so we know some of the questions you may have.


This Free Guide will help to make the process easier to understand and answer common questions, such as:



Why is it critical to have a Children's Trust set up for my children?


How do I make sure my children are provided for?


How do I name an Executor for my Will?


How can I make sure our assets avoid Probate?


How do we choose a Guardian?

Our Free Guide will cover these questions and more, based on 15+ years of experience helping young families with their Estate Planning.

About Chad A. Ritchie

Chad has been practicing law in McLean County since receiving his law license in November, 2002. He is a lifelong McLean County resident, growing up on a farm just outside of Colfax, Illinois.


After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1997, cum laude, Chad attended Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Chad began his legal career working for a Bloomington attorney in 2002 as an associate. In 2005, Chad started his own law firm - The Ritchie Law Office, Ltd. 


Chad and the Ritchie Law Office, Ltd. have received numerous honors and recognition, including:

  • #1 Best Law Firm 2020
    The Pantagraph Reader's Choice Awards

  • 10 Best Estate Planning Attorneys, Illinois -
    Client Satisfaction,
    American Institute of Legal Counsel - 2018, 2019 

  • Best Lawyer - 2nd Place, Honorable Mention 
    The Pantagraph Reader's Choice Awards - 2017, 2018, 2019

Chad is married to his wife Kara of 21+ years and they have two children, Addison and Jackson. When not at the office, Chad enjoys being with his family and going to his children's various school and sporting events. Learn more about Chad here.

What Others Are Saying


We were not sure if we needed a Will with a Children's Trust in it, or if we needed a Trust. Chad sat with us and walked us through why we needed one over the other. Chad also explained in depth how the process works...It was nice to have someone sit down and take the time to explain.

- Lauren D.

Chad and his team made the process of Estate Planning very easy. Deep expertise, years of experience, and making sure I understood all steps of the process made me very comfortable. It really puts your mind at rest knowing that your family will be able to carry on with little to no disruptions when the time comes...

- Rick S.

Planning our Estate seemed overwhelming until we contacted Ritchie Law Office, Ltd. Chad took all the confusion & anxiety out of this process. He sent a pre-meeting questionnaire to find out what we were hoping to accomplish and prepared a diagram for us to follow as we worked through the various options at our first meeting. Chad put us at ease, and it is reassuring to know that our wishes will be carried out after we are gone. We highly recommend Ritchie Law Office, Ltd. 

- Gini H.

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