Chad Ritchie is the founder and sole shareholder of the Ritchie Law Office, Ltd. He is a lifelong resident of McLean County growing up on a farm near Colfax, Illinois. Chad graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science. He obtained his law degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2002. Chad has been a solo practitioner for the majority of his legal career. Chad has a passion for serving families and businesses with estate planning, real estate and business law. He continually looks for ways to improve the Ritchie Law Office, Ltd. to better serve its clients. Chad lives in the Downs area and is married to his wife Kara and loves watching his two children – Addison and Jackson, play sports.
Sarah is the firm’s Paralegal and manages Estate Plan files - helping Chad conduct Ritchie Legacy Planning Meetings and drafting various legal documents. She also acts as the firm's Marketing Coordinator. Sarah is a graduate of McKendree University where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Writing and Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. She then continued on to earn her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Sarah and her husband, Grant, recently made the transition back to Central Illinois after living in St. Louis for the last seven years. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tammy joined RLO in February 2020 as Chad’s Executive Assistant. She is the main contact for the firm's Estate Administration and Real Estate cases. Tammy and her husband Jim are parents to two adults sons. As empty-nesters, they have quickly adjusted to having open schedules and very few time commitments. They enjoy driving vacations – the longer the road trip, the better. In her free time, Tammy likes to try new recipes and spend quality time with family and friends.
Jessica joined the firm in September 2020 as the Estate Planning Client Intake Specialist. Jessica is your main contact for scheduling appointments and assisting you through your Estate Planning process. She will also be assisting with marketing and public relations for RLO. Jessica is a graduate of ISU and spent the past twelve years working in Phoenix, Arizona in Public Relations and Nonprofit Fundraising. She and her family recently moved back to Central Illinois to be closer to family members and beat the desert heat. Jessica enjoys reading, traveling and being active outdoors with her two sons and two daughters. Help us welcome Jessica to RLO as she and her family experience their first Midwestern Winter together!