ST PETE BEACH, Florida, December 10, 2015—Victoria S. “Vickie” Jones is Principal of Jones & Hitt, Attorneys at Law, PA,
as of January 1 the new name of the former Ratcliffe & Hiit, the oldest law firm in continuous practice in St. Pete Beach.
The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will have an official Ribbon Cutting for the new firm on
Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 433 76th Avenue.
Arthur T. Ratcliffe started the firm in 1948, specializing in wills, trusts, estate and trust administration, powers of attorney,
living wills, health care directives, and other areas of estate planning. The firm moved to its current location
in the early 1950s and has remained since then.
F. Richard Hitt, who continues Of Counsel with the new firm, began working at the firm in the 1970s and took over
the practice in 1980, when the firm became Ratcliffe & Hitt, Attorneys at Law, PA.
Victoria Jones started at the firm in 2014 and has been practicing law for over seven years, after
earning her B.A. and J.D. degrees at Stetson University.
The newly renamed firm will continue to provide legal services with wills, trusts, estate and trust administration,
powers of attorney, living wills, health care directives, probate, and other areas of estate planning.
Heading the support staff for Jones & Hitt is Joe Withrow. With the firm since 2001, he got his AA degree
from St. Petersburg Junior College. He works in all the firm’s legal services areas.
Managing Partner Victoria Jones is very active in the Tampa Bay community. She is an active member and
Ambassador of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce and its South Beach Referral Team. She is a member
of the St. Petersburg Bar including the Young Lawyers Division and Probate & Guardianship Section; SPCA Professional
Advisory Council; Suncoast Hospice Professional Partners Council; Suncoast Estate Planning Council;
Better Living for Seniors; and the Sunshine City Kiwanis (President 2011-2012).
New Principal Victoria Jones pledges, “As our firm enters its 68th year, I am honored to continue providing
excellent legal services to our many loyal clients, and look forward to expanding the business
and helping new clients with their estate planning needs.”