(727) 367-1976


Founded in 1948 by Arthur T. Ratcliffe, Generations of Trust is the oldest law firm in continuous practice in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Attorney F. Richard Hitt bought the practice in 1980, although Mr. Ratcliffe remained at the firm even after his retirement. In 1992 Mr. Hitt became Board Certified in the area of Wills, Trusts, and Estates by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Victoria S. Waller (formerly Jones of Jones & Hitt) now leads the firm, following in the footsteps of St. Pete Beach’s respected attorneys, serving the community in the same location since the early 1950s and proudly providing estate planning services.

Our practice focuses primarily in the areas of:

  • Wills, trusts, estate and trust administration
  • Powers of attorney
  • Living willsand health care directives
  • and other areas of estate planning.

Our attorneys are committed to establishing Generations of Trust by keeping you informed about current law and providing you with the personalized level of service and care only a small firm can deliver.


To help you establish Generations of Trust by  strategizing an estate plan that works best for you and your family, by  avoiding the timely and costly probate procedureand handling trust administration, tedious paperwork and the necessary  processes to make this difficult time as easy  as possible.