Independence divorce attorney Jacqueline Ratkey decided to go to law school because of the human element of practicing. No other practice area presents the opportunity to make a unique difference in an individual’s life as family law.
“A client I can see, meet with, and ultimately help,” Ms. Ratkey said. “I genuinely enjoy getting to know new people on a daily basis. Practicing family law is rewarding to me because I get to see my clients grow stronger and more confident right before my eyes.”
Ms. Ratkey says she doesn’t like to “hide the ball” from her clients. She is upfront with them throughout the course of their case, regardless of the circumstances.
“For a client, it is important to know the strengths and weaknesses of their case,” she said.
Ms. Ratkey’s background in social work enables her to take a strengths-based approach to each case.
“Every individual has different strengths and resources that ultimately can be honed and applied to their situations for a more positive outcome,” she said.
In her initial meeting with clients, Ms. Ratkey encourages them to be as open and honest with her as she is with them. Ultimately, that is what is best for all parties involved.
“To be the strongest advocate for you, I need to know as much as possible about your case,” she said. “I am not here to judge. I am here to help you.”