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Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
I would give zero stars if that were possible! Richard took my non-parental custody case and completely dropped the ball! He took my money, filed incomplete papers, and then never served the respondent. I could never get ahold of him. When he did finally read and respond to an email, he would charge $50 for reading the email, and another $50.00 for a response. One of his email responses said was just the word "Perfect"...$50.00!!! I finally fired him and hired another attorney. She had to re-do everything he had done. With her, I won my case, for less total money than he charged me in the first two weeks. DON'T EVER HIRE THIS ATTORNEY...YOU WILL LOSE YOUR MONEY AND YOUR CASE!!!
Posted by carla, a Divorce client, Flag
Richard is knowledgeable, efficient and affordable. i was dealing with a divorce and an ugly custody battle with a very limited income. Richard was able get me my divorce and i have my girls back at a cost that i was able to manage in a timely manner. i have never had an attorney that was as caring and understanding and very knowledgeable with the situation at hand. he is also the only attorney that i know of that actually has sliding fee scale according to my income. i definitely got more than my moneys worth. i trusted him with my whole world and he came through for me with flying colors, i am ever so grateful to Richard and his assistant Nicole. thank you for everything
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
This is a follow-up to Mr Ricketts comments that he posted about my case and the servce he did not provide for me. Mr. Ricketts you are nothing but a liar. I provided you an official copy of a drug test within 10 days that clearly showed that all results were negative.. You only post a comment to try to save your own butt. The facts are the facts. Tell us why you have three (3) ongoing investigations against you from the Washington state bar??? Is it because you’re such a good attorney? I believe not! Like others and my self has stated your out for the money and have no idea what you are doing. In fact I received a letter from the Washington State bar just last week indicating that you haven’t even responded to their request regarding my complains against you. You did in fact file the wrong court papers. You not only embarrassed me in court, but you embarrassed yourself. I’m sure the court transcript will simply proves this. You should be an ashamed of yourself. You did not keep me informed. You did not return my calls. In fact you moved your office to another location without even letting me know. You are nothing but a yes man. Even my sister-in-law stated to me that she got embarrassed because of how you presented yourself in court. You never explained any court rulings to me; you would tell me to just sign this and trust you, why because of your own errors and embarrassment. The courts would not even hear the case until you corrected them. In fact I believe the commissioner had to put you in your place due to your lack of knowledge on what documents to be filed and on the court proceedings. I did what you instructed me to do to clear the allegations against me, you did not follow up, all you did was throw me under the bus, and agree with everything the other attorney said and called me names in order to cover your own but. I fired you because you told me to when I challenged you on your own errors/mistakes. Mr. Ricketts I did not remove myself and my son from the state of Washington, I was visiting me my father and had only been in his home for an approx. one week when I got served. I did not run and hide as you suggested. You need to stick to the facts. Stay away from this attorney. He will leave you the impression that all attorneys are crooks and take your money, which isn’t fair to other attorneys who take pride in what they do and not just rip you off.
Posted by a Family client, Flag
I could not have had a better legal team than Mr. Ricketts and his staff. Mr. Ricketts was very attentive to my situation regarding my son. He was always very accessible and was very good at coming to a realistic and fair parenting plan for me and my son. Also, his practice is very affordable. Don't go it alone, give Mr. Ricketts practice a call if you are looking for an excellent attorney that will work to make sure your parental rights are fair & balanced. Thanks, Richard.
Posted by melissa, a Child Custody client, Flag
i hired richard the the legal clinic, promised i see my grandson again but i hav'nt since january 2012 its now almost october!!i wonder if he files the wrong paperwork on purpose?not just once but twice!!! it took so long for him to figure it out that my grandsons father had time to flee the state with him.said i'd get him back but richard has no clue how to do that. there were court dates i was never informed of and never any billing statement and now the moneys gone. on what???if you want results FIND ANOTHER ATTORNEY!!!! i wish i had seen these reviews because I WOULD HAVE NEVER HIRED RICHARD RICKETTS!!!!
Posted by Courtney, a Child Custody client, Flag
I hired Richard in June 2012 for a custody battel with my ex boyfriend. When i came to him i was frantic about my case. He told me he would PROMISE me that i would have my son back by my the first court date. I went to court and I saw my ex and his attorny but, Richard was know where to be found. When I was looking for him he was standing in a corner with another person talking to them. He didnt introduce himself me until i went to check in for the court. While in court he was sweating like a pig, tounge tied. and when it was over i felt more confused then when i went in. he told me that this is just the way it has to be. to trust him. he knows what hes doing. when i asked him why i wasnt getting my son back that date like he promised. After that i asked him to email me/fax me my documents from court, and he never did or would take him a week to respond to me. I would call his office everyday to try and get a hold of him and yet i would usually only get in contact with his assistant. The next court date he had promised me 100% that this time i would be getting my child back. AGAIN that did NOT happen. my last court date was last week. I was there before him. he pulled me aside and told me that he was agreeing with my exs attorny with what she said. he did this everytime it came to documents and everything. hes a yes man. he trys to have you settle for what the other attorny brings to him. He will agree to things before asking you. and does NOT care about your situation. HE ONLY CARES ABOUT MONEY! he doesnt even have children, and when i asked him if he even knew what it felt like to go thru somthing like this he simply threw his hands up and told me to just fire him!!! he got personal with my sistauion and said things to bash me to my face. you can never geta hold of him. he files the documents last minute and promises that he can do it but doesnt! i would never ever ever have refer him to anyone. i finally fired him and now have a better attorny who is an actual attorny and knows what he is doing.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
I obtain the legal service of Richard to represent my daughter is a child custody case. He is very unprofessional and petty. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY WITH THIS MAN. He will through you under the bus. He does not stand up for you in court. All he wants is your money. The man does not file the correct documents. If he does file any court documents they are incorrect or late. This delays your court case and everything associated with it. Dose not keeps you informed on what’s going on about court dates nor does he provide you copies of any documents. He does not return calls. Richard is nothing but a yes man to any and all attorney on the opposite side. When he does show up for court he sweats like a pig, when he speaks in court he becomes tough tied. He does not have the knowledge in family law to represent your case. My daughter saw Richard talking with the petitioner attorney before her court hearing. Richard informed her that they agreed to continue this case because the petitioner attorney did not receive the legal notice of court date that was required by the law. Which was hard to understand because Richard himself sent my daughter and me an email stating the date and the court time as well that he notified the petitioner’s attorney? He wants you to settle so that he does not have to do anything and keep your money. Makes deals for you without discussing the fact with his clients. Richard will tell you to trust him he knows what he is doing, however he is clueless and doesn’t care. If you bring anything up to him that you’re not happy with, he will just tell you to fire him and keep your money. He thinks everybody is stupid and refers to your child’s life and the courts as a game. He doesn’t know or care about you or your kid(s) because he never had any and does not understand what it means to be a parent. He will do nothing for you and does not believe in his clients. We finally got to the point with Richard making so many errors in handling my case that we had no chosen but to fire him and obtain a new attorney. Richard is the type of attorney that makes all attorneys look like crooks. Stay away from this guy you would be better off representing yourself.
Posted by Danielle, a Child Custody client, Flag
I hired him because I found him through the court house and thought he really cared about helping people. Could not be father from the truth. He cares about getting your money and nothing else. He will not help you and I am living with the custody arrangement that should have never existed but is now my life because of his lack of work and professionalism. Please do not trust such an important part of your life to somebody that could care less. You may have to live with the results for the rest of your life.
Posted by a Child Abuse client, Flag
He will do nothing for you at all. I have gone to court with him twice and both times he handed everything over without so much as a blink. He says to trust him he does this for a living but he won't even do anything for you and will not listen to anything being told to him by anyone. Will not support you, will not inform you for anything. He will throw you under the bus in a heart beat. He keeps viatial information from you. Does not care about anyone but himself. He will not give you information on cost. Just states he needs more money. Will not give a bill. Very unreliable. Never in the office. Will not help my children who are the ones being hurt.
Posted by Edward, a Child Custody client, Flag
Its real hard to find a lawyer that understands it hard to pay out a bunch of money upfront. Richard wrked w me financially and showed real concern with my legal matter. I feel like im the first man in washington state to be awarded full custody of his children... Thanks Richard.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
In his 1st lie he claimed he had filed our hearing 3 weeks after his initial claim of having already done such. Even after I MIRACULOUSLY managed to get a response from him, simply requesting the hearing date and proof of service to the respondent (legally required at least 2 weeks prior to hearing date) -which no client should have to do such in the first place!) he actually hadn't filed my hearing/motion until a couple hours after this phone conversation, boldly claiming he had done such a SECOND time (proof is in the e-filed "stamp" with the date/time). His long overdue email response to my reasonable requests/communication attempts was very petty, irrational & unprofessional, and now we & 3rd parties, are willing to bet why. Having arrived early at the hearing I, walked into Ricketts talking with the Respondent. Ricketts then TOLD me what he and the opposing party had agreed upon without my consent or opinion!!
-The outcome of this hearing: Due to Ricketts NOT having served the opposing party with at least 2 weeks notice prior to hearing (which is required and could have been easily been prevented if he) this time-sensitive case was extended a whole month! Even after it was openly discussed in court (recorded, better yet) he continued to insult my intelligence by denying that the hearing was extended due to him not following the basic rules of proper/legally serving in a timely manner. Better yet, Ricketts simply mailed the legal papers/hearing notice via regular mail!
The icing on the cake was when I, having ownership of the legal papers I prepared and brought for his temporary use, just recently went to claim my papers and he refused to give them back. It is a fact this is illegal for him to do! Now The Bar Association has opened a valid, unethical conduct case in addition to my grievance case against him. Please call The Bar Association before choosing him as a lawyer.
Posted by Brittani Dennis, a Child Custody client, Flag
Mr. Richard did a phenomenal job on my case.With my case already being in process, I thought there was no hope. Once I had explained my side of the story, he jumped right on it. I was a little suprised, because some lawyers take for ever to help you out. I can honestly say that, everything that Mr. Richard stated he would do, he accomplished it. Him and his law firm has truly helped me, and I'm so thankful and blessed that I found him in the little time I did.
Posted by Jeff, a Divorce client, Flag
I was introduced to Mr. Ricketts because I was going through a divorce and was seeking shared custody of my children. Three previous lawyers told me that the State of Washington isn't friendly to fathers seeking shared custody. When I met with Mr. Ricketts, he cited several cases and was very optimistic about my outcome. He also said that the State of Washington wasn't traditionally a father friendly state, but after he reviewed my case, he said he was hopeful.
We prevailed and I am now the proud father of a shared custody parenting plan.
Thank-you so much to Mr. Ricketts
Posted by Petra, Flag
Ricketts is extremely knowledgeable , and is able to share his knowledge and guidance without arrogance or condescension. We have had only a few occasions to consult with a lawyer and ended up feeling used and abused and charged for every two minute phone conversation. Then we met Ricketts. Our community theatre was at a major cross roads and in need of help with negotiating the murky waters of non-profit applications, bi-laws, etc.. He has met our every need and done so at the sacrifice of his personal time and convenience. His diversity of professional experience give him an incredible frame of reference with which to assist clients.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Richard took my case at the last minute, he jumped in as my divorce and custody attorney. He was through, professional, and most of all truly cared. Although the opposing counsel was uncooperative and at times hostile. He conducted himself in my best interest and for the best interest of my children. My case went to a lenghly trial, I never felt overwhelmed or stressed, because he has such a calming presence about him I felt calm just sitting next to him. I would recommend him to any and every person who needs a good, honest and caring attorney. No BS!
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
Richard came in at a time when I truely thought there was no way I could do what my heart was screaming at me to do for my child. He has such an incrediable energy about him. He helped me to be calm, to remember to Breath ( LOL ) and to take things one step at a time. He handaled the hard parts I did not understand but also had the patients to explain them to me so I felt comfortable through all of the processes. I had an absulutly horriable Lawyer years ago and so wish that I had known of Richard then. He would have saved me a lot of heartach, anxiety, and much Money. This time around has been so different. I truely felt & feel as I have a protecter, champion, & teacher in my corner. I speak very highly of Richard to anyone I come across that may be in need and hope these reviews reach many & help to guid them into Richards very capable hands. Richard Thank you for all you have done for me, for my daughter & as well as for the future relationship with my daughters Father that I will foster in the ways you helped teach me. You are truely a BLESSING in so many ways, I don't know how to covey in words how very much you have done for us & how very very greatful I am to you. I can simply say Thank You with all my heart.
Peace & Light
Posted by Marci, a Divorce client, Flag
He was responsive in a timely manner and was sensitive to our needs during a very unpleasant time in my life
Posted by Chris, a Divorce client, Flag
I went through a divorce from a marriage that was over 15 years long. Richard made it simple for us and reduced the anxiety that one would normally expect. We had one visit, the rest was through e-mail. We never had to go to court. We had no surprises and the price was excellent. I will recommend him to any unfortunate couples going through the same thing.
Posted by Dustie, a Divorce client, Flag
I had an attorney drop me 2 days before the Settlement Conference of my divorce. I was in a real panic as to what to do. Volunteer Legal told me where to find Richard and Richard saw me that very day. He spent all night reviewing my case and preparing all of my paperwork. He personally handed them to the judge the next day and explained why they were late.
Richard didn't just tell me what I wanted to hear; he told me what I needed to hear. He fought for the important parts and gave into the trivial parts. He was an amazing negotiator! I had so much confidence that he was looking after me and would help me to get a fair settlement.
I would highly recommend Richard to anyone...in fact I did. One of my good friends used him shortly after I did.
I really appreciated how he ran his business. He keeps expenses to a minimum so he can pass on the savings to his clients.
I was extremely happy with the service that Richard Ricketts offered and I would use him again in a heartbeat if I ever needed to!!!
Posted by Betty Ann, a Child Custody client, Flag
Richard is genuine and thoughtful man and attorney that I have ever met. He took my case with an honest interest in seeing the best outcome for me.
He was patient, respectful and listened my concerns, and thoughts through the entire process.
He was available to me via phone or email, and shared information about the case with me. I was never kept in the dark.
Thanks to his integrity, presentation of the case and his knowledge of Law I got the outcome I wanted. Richard is a stand up man and lawyer.
He practices with integrity, dedication and an honesty that seems very rare in his profession these days.
I would recommend him to any person who is in need of a good family law attorney. Richard has been a true blessing!
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Mr. Rickett is just an awsome attorney that I have ever meet. He didn't try to clear out my bank but tried his best to help me solve my case. My first attorney took me almost $20,000 doing nothing. The second one took me almost 10,000 within a month. Mr. Rickett not only helped me to solve my case with very reasonable fee but also help me to be a friend with my exhusband. My husband and I know can talk, discuss, and be a friend to take care of my son. And not like what I worry about divorcing which can affect to my son badly, my son seems happier because he can receive love from both his mom and his dad and we are happy with our current situation too.
Posted by Wynter*, a Family client, Flag
As a newly single mother of two wonderfull boys, the though of divorce and having to find a lawyer frightened me... After meeting Richard, My fears quickly abated. This man has such a way about him. He is very calming and reassuring when things get hott. My husband and I, even though splitting up, had tried everything to keep things civil. if you have ever experienced divorce, this is not an easy route to take. Now that it is all said and done, My ex-husband and I remain friends and truly are the coolest parents on the planet! I cant help but to give Richard credit for the way he approaches family law. He has a gift and I would reccomend him to any one in such a daunting and difficult situation. My ex-husband would agree. I could never thank him enough:)
Posted by a Family client, Flag
Richard Ricketts is like no other attorney. Mr. Ricketts has a wealth of knowledge in Accounting and Law, and everything in between. He is a real person that understands life, and people. He took time out of his busy schedule to meet with me at a discounted rate. He gives back to the community by volunteering his time. He is a clear communicator. He gives you a step by step of how things are going to happen and what needs to be filed. The courts are a complicated process to navigate alone. It helped me to know that Richard was doing a complete and precise job. He even has a personality!
Posted by Scott, a Family client, Flag
I've been going through a custody battle with my daughters mother for approx four years now. Over this course, Mr. Ricketts is the third lawyer that I have retained. I have spent well over $18,000 with the other two lawyers, however Mr. Ricketts accomplished more in my case than the other two did at a fraction of the cost.
Mr. Ricketts is by far the most genuine attorney that I have ever met. He took my case with an honest interest in seeing the best outcome for my daughter. He patiently listened to my frustrations, my concerns, and thoughts through the entire process. He often made suggestions that were logical and very well thought out. He was always available to me via phone or email, and always shared information about the case with me. I was never kept in the dark. I was never over charged, nor billed for any frivolous expenses (contrary to the two previous attorneys that I had retained in this case).
I honestly have to say that I don't think I would have come out as well as I did had I not retained Mr. Ricketts. Thanks to his counsel, my daughter is in a safer home than she would have been with her mother, and I get the unique opportunity to be a custodial father.
Mr. Ricketts is a stand up man and lawyer. He practices with integrity and an honesty that seems very rare in his profession these days. I would recommend him to any person who is in need of a good family law attorney, but specifically to any man seeking to gain or keep custody of his children.
Thanks, Richard for all you have done for us.