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Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a joyful New Year. Best wishes from your friends at Peck Ritchey, LLC.
Peck Ritchey, LLC will be closed December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Peck Ritchey, LLC Sponsors the North Shore Senior Center Gala 2019!

Pictured above: Kerry Peck, managing partner of Peck Ritchey, LLC, Hillary Peck, Paula Basta, director of the Illinois Department on Aging.

Peck Ritchey, LLC was proud to be a diamond sponsor for Gala 2019 for the North Shore Senior Center where guests raised an amazing record $250,000! It was an honor to invite Paula Basta, Director of the Illinois Department on Aging as a guest of the firm and listen to her speak!

The North Shore Senior Center works to promote independence and community for older adults built around friendships, clubs and new experiences. They serve more than 30,000 individuals per year of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders and preference. In addition to supporting the older adults, the North Shore Senior Center can also provide you with personalized assistance while you care for a loved one dealing with memory loss, dementia, and challenges surrouding living alone and aging.

Peck Ritchey Sponsors the Union League Boys & Girls Club 42nd Annual Gala Celebrating 100 Years of Building Great Futures

Peck Ritchey, LLC was honored to sponsor and attend the Union League Boys & Girls Club 42nd Annual Gala. With the generosity of guests, the club was able to achieve record breaking fundraising goals to continue supporting nearing 15,000 youths in Chicago, provide $100,000 in scholarships and serve over 200,000 meals.
The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs work to serve young people in Chicago that are most at-risk. The clubs help the youth of Chicago reach their potential of being productive, responsible and successful with after school programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character. 1,600 youth take advantage of the clubs each day with the support of donors. 


The Hon. Susan M. Coleman (Ret.) was recognized by Chicago Lawyer in their December 2019 Women In Law special edition. Congratulations, Judge Coleman!

Community Conversation In Review

Peck Ritchey was busy this fall educating residents and professionals in the Chicagoland community on a number of important issues surrounding aging and estate planning. With a collective 20 speaking engagements this season, our most popular topics were:

1. Sex for Signatures - Preying on Seniors.

This hot topic helps the community understand elder abuse and how to stop or prevent it, lack of capacity, Power of Attorney documents, financial exploitation, and guardianship.

2. Legal and Financial Considerations for the Future.

This presentation focused on the importance of advanced planning while still involving people with Alzheimer's Disease, becoming familiar with legal and financial issues that arise as a result of the Alzheimer's diagnosis and tools for making plans now.

If you are interested in having Peck Ritchey speak in your community, please contact Marketing Coordinator, Lauren Muttschall, at

Elder Law News

How People with Dementia Can Best Enjoy the Holidays
Family caregivers and people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are at risk for increased stress during the holidays—but holiday visits can be a joyous time with adjusted expectations and careful planning.
Congressional Leaders Agree on $350 Million Alzheimer's and Dementia Research Funding Increase
Bipartisan Congressional leaders have announced a $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s and dementia research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for fiscal year 2020. If signed into law, funding would reach $2.8 billion, a more than six-fold increase of funding since the passage of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), legislation championed by the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition to the research funding increase, the bill includes $10 million to implement the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (P.L. 115-406).
Medicare Premiums to Increase By Almost $10 a Month in 2020
After small or no increases the past couple of years, Medicare’s Part B premium will rise sharply in 2020. The basic monthly premium will increase $9.10, from $135.50 a month to $144.60.
Home Care Costs Rise Sharply in Annual Long-Term Care Cost Survey

When it comes to long-term care costs, the charges for home care are now rising faster than those for nursing home care, according to Genworth's 2019 Cost of Care survey.

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