Rachael Rolfsen is an associate at Robbins, Kelly, Patterson & Tucker. Rachael joined RKPT in 2020. She concentrates her practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration.
Rachael grew up in Florence, Kentucky on her family’s farm. Her paternal grandparents’ home was on the front part of the property and her parents built their home at the back.
Being in such close proximity to her grandparents, Rachael was fortunate to see them every day. Her grandfather taught her how to fish, drive a car when she was eight, and use wood-working machines. Her grandmother taught her how to paint and bargain — Rachael definitely inherited her love of shopping and finding a deal from her grandmother. Among other activities on the weekends, Rachael can be found in the candle aisle of any local Home Goods.
While spending her summers helping in the family garden and operating a vegetable stand, from the early age of seven Rachael learned the importance of making customers feel comfortable by striking up conversations but still making the sale. Looking back now, she sees what an important sense of community the vegetable stand created, with her family helping others who would drop in weekly.
Rachael went to Notre Dame Academy for high school, Xavier University for undergrad, and the University of Cincinnati for law school. She’s stayed in the Cincinnati area because of her love of family. She goes home every Sunday for dinner with her parents and younger brother, and to play with the family German Shepherds.
Being so close to her grandparents and listening to stories about their lives forged Rachael into a good listener and someone who is genuinely interested in others and learning about what brought them to this point.
Rachael loves to travel and being thrust into uncomfortable situations where she has to figure it out. She credits her upbringing on the farm for her work ethic, love of the outdoors, and efficiency. With only so much daylight available, everything needed to get finished before dark if you wanted to eat dinner before midnight.
Rachael always wanted to be the girl that people remembered, someone who left a good impression on others and made them laugh. She feels fortunate to have a career where she makes a difference in other peoples’ lives by giving them peace of mind. She cannot wait to come to work every day, despite not being a morning person. Nothing productive happens until her first cup of coffee.
What Rachael enjoys most about her estate planning legal practice is meeting new people every day, hearing their stories, and offering solutions to protect what they have earned and set up their family’s next generation. She values her role as someone who facilities difficult conversations and topics, but which lead to clients preserving the legacies they want. What she enjoys most about her probate legal practice is the closeness she forms with clients while helping them get through the death of a loved one. She wants every client to feel like she is a part of their family, as someone they can trust and rely on to call when a change or question arises.
When Rachael is out of the office, she enjoys cooking, hiking and traveling with her family and fiancé, Simran.
- Cincinnati Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Cincinnati Art Museum Catalysts, Board Member, 2020 - present