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Congratulations to our very own Judge Susan M. Coleman

On October 25, 2018 the Honorable Susan M. Coleman (Ret.) received the Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in leadership awarded by the West Suburban Bar Association!

Judge Coleman  retired after serving in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County for 13 years.  Judge Coleman joined Peck Ritchey, LLC in 2018.  She is available to handle you or your clients' estate and trust litigation or complex estate administration. 

Kerry Peck and Brandon Peck congratulate Jonathan Lavin at the Hyatt Regency on his recent retirement after 40 years as AgeOptions President and CEO!   

We wish his successor, Diane Slezak, the best of luck. 

Kerry Peck & Judge Coleman Present at IICLE 14th Annual Elder Law Short Course

On October 8, 2018, Kerry Peck and Judge Coleman spoke to Illinois attorneys continuing their legal education on the topic of attacks on Powers of Attorney for lack of capacity or undue influence.

Jesse Footlik and Judge Degnan Present at IICLE 14th Annual Elder Law Short Course

On October 9, 2018 Peck Ritchey, LLC Partner Jesse Footlik, along with Judge Degnan of the Circuit Court of Cook County Probate Division, discussed the process, strategic decisions and nuances reagrding the guardianship process with Illinois attorneys continuing their legal education.

Don't Let Dementia Steal Everything

By Kerry Peck and Rick Law

Published by the American Bar Association, this book is designed to be used by the reader as a reference guide to finding quality legal advice to overcome some very common legal obstacles raised by a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.  Available now on and, and available for pre-order at Barnes & Noble and Target (Release date 11/6/18).

"When someone asks us what they should know now that a loved one has been diagnosed, we don’t even know how to begin to find the right answers. This book will be your starting point and a trustworthy guide. It is written by practicing lawyers who are on the front lines fighting to serve clients with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. In this book, they share with you…secret wisdom and the uncommon knowledge that comes from years of multiple client experiences.”

- Scott Turow, attorney and New York Times best-selling author of The Burden of Proof; Presumed Innocent; Pleading Guilty; Identical; and most recently, Testimony

Peck Ritchey Partner, Brandon Peck, Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section, welcomes the 1L class of University of Illinois College of Law to the CBA.

How to Handle Sibling Disputes Over a Power of Attorney
When one sibling is named in a power of attorney, there is the potential for disputes with other siblings. No matter which side you are on, it is important to know your rights and limitations.
Can I Give My Kids $15,000 a Year?
If you have it to give, you certainly can, but there may be consequences should you apply for Medicaid long-term care coverage within five years after each gift.

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