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Chad Alden Ritchie

Estate planning Attorney at Bloomington, IL

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2002
    Status
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Attorney and Sole Shareholder

Chad A. Ritchie practices estate planning law in Bloomington, Illinois through his law firm – the Ritchie Law Office, Ltd.

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. Chad graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1997, cum laude, with a double major in history and political science.

Chad was an IESA state champion in the shot put and discus throw. He earned multiple varsity letters in football, basketball and track in high school. He also earned varsity letters in track while in college. While at IWU, Chad spent a semester abroad at American University in Washington D.C. and was a television production intern for the political commentary show “The McLaughlin Group”.

After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University, Chad attended Southern Illinois University School of Law where he served on the school’s Law Journal as an Articles Editor. He graduated from SIU Law in 2002 with honors.

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. has received numerous honors and recognition recently.

  • #1 Best Law Firm 2020 - The Pantagraph Reader's Choice Awards
  • The Marquis Who’s Who in America 2019
  • 10 Best Estate Planning Attorneys, Illinois, Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Legal Counsel - 2018, 2019
  • Top 10 Estate Planning Law Award 2018, Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • Best Lawyer, Second Place, Honorable Mention, The Pantagraph Reader's Choice Awards - 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Best Law Firm, Second 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 activities.

Chad is also a former member of the OSF St. Joseph's Foundation Board and served for two years as its President. Chad is currently a member of the OSF St. Joseph's Community Board.

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Location

Ritchie Law Office, Ltd.
2203 E Empire St
Ste G
Bloomington, IL, 61704

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Reviews

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Posted by Roger and Linda | December 31, 2020
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Estate Planning
We were very pleased with Chad's estate planning process, It is clearly laid out and very easy to follow. He has great knowledge in estate planning, and is deliberate and careful in the legal details that are tailored to us as individuals. We would highly recommend Chad to others needing this kind of service.
Posted by Dale | October 5, 2019
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Dale & Blanche Bielfeldt Post
We were extremely pleased with Chad and his team in guiding us through preparing and executing a new Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney and Health Care documentation. Chad took his time and went through all of our options and what we needed to do for the best interest of our estate and heirs. Very easy to work with!
Posted by Dr. Lori | August 27, 2019
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Dr. Lori Woeste
Chad and his entire team were great to work with on our estate planning. They listened, were patient with us, and guided us through the entire trust/will process with the utmost professionalism. We cannot recommend him highly enough for any estate planning needs you may have. Thank you Chad, we can rest easier now!
Posted by Dave | December 3, 2018
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Estate Planning and Review
Ritchie Law Firm did an excellent job helping us update our wills. Chad did a great job walking us through options and explaining them in detail. He was patient with our questions and provided many examples, which aided in our decisions.
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2018
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Estate Planning
Chad and his team were efficient, professional and personable. Chad took time to discussion and explain the process and any questions I had. Excellent experience.
Posted by Lea ann | March 1, 2017
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Chad
Chad did an excellent job representing our family on the selling of our family farm.Chad also was very good at helping me and my husband setting up our estate.
Posted by Curt | February 26, 2017
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Estate Planning
Chad help me with my mothers estate planning. Everything was smooth and simple. Price was reasonable for the detail that Chad incorporated into the plan
Posted by Christopher Howick | February 26, 2017
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Helped enormously
Chad has been very helpful in taking care of estate issues.
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Ritchie Law Office
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Dunn Law Firm
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Ritchie Law Office
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of William T. Hundman
  • 2002 - 2005
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Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • 1997

Associations

  • Bloomington Kiwanis
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • McLean County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • McLean County Bar Association, History and Memorial Sub Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2008 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction for Estate Planning
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2021
  • Top 10 for Estate Planning Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2021
  • Best Law Firm
  • The Pantagraph Readers' Choice Awards
  • 2021

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • First Farm Credit Human Resources
  • Estate Planning and Retirement Seminar
  • 2016
  • McLean County Bar Association
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (6)
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Estate planning Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chad is an accomplished attorney who treats his clients with the utmost compassion and skill. HIs professionalism has earned him the unqualified respect of his peers in the legal community. He is highly experienced in all aspects of estate planning and real estate transactions. I highly recommend Chad to any individual seeking assistance in these areas."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Chad in Bloomington, IL on numerous legal matters, ranging from mortgage foreclosures, trust and estate issues, and other real estate issues . Chad is very knowledgeable and reasonable to work with, while still looking out for the best interest of his clients. I would highly recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have consistently been impressed with Chad's ability to effectively analyze a clients situation and come up with solutions that fit both their legal needs as well as their budget. Chad provides top quality legal work and is my go to attorney referral for estate planning."
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Bloomington Estate planning Lawyer Chad Alden Ritchie
Chad Alden Ritchie
Estate planning Attorney
Bloomington, IL
Licensed for 21 years