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A Note from Peck Ritchey

May 4, 2020

Clients, Colleagues and Friends,

We at Peck Ritchey, LLC hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. While there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the challenges we continue to face due to COVID-19, we want you to know that Peck Ritchey, LLC continues to be dedicated to serving you.

As a reminder, in order to protect employees and clients during this pandemic, we are conducting business remotely to continue to provide you with the exceptional service you have come to trust and continue to deserve. 

As an update, on April 13, 2020, Judge Daniel Malone, Acting Presiding Judge of the Probate Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County entered an order stating all emergeny proceedings will be conducted remotely by videoconference. All non-emergency matters will be heard after May 18, 2020 as set by the judge handling the case.

Our office is still here to help. If you need assistance with emergency estate planning, emergency guardianship for a loved one (appointment of a decision-maker for someone incapable of making decisions), administration of an estate or trust, or contesting or defending an estate plan or trust, we're here for you. 

If we can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are doing our best to move cases forward as it is allowed.

Stay safe and healthy! 

Best regards,

Peck Ritchey, LLC

COVID-19 Drama

Real Life Medical and Legal Stories

Kerry Peck and Dr. Victoria Braund will provide real life medical and legal stories that have been coming across their desks during this unprecedented Covid19 pandemic. They will discuss temporary solutions for handling these unique situations.   Attorney Peck is the Managing Partner of the law firm Peck Ritchey, LLC. Dr. Braund, MD, FACP, CMD is the Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem. 

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 3:30 p.m. CST
This online presentation is free and open to the public and professionals.

CEUs will be offered free of charge to social services professionals.

Click below or HERE to register. You will be redirected to the North Shore Senior Center website where you will add the webinar to your cart and create a profile. 
This event is sponsored by Peck Ritchey.

Estate Planning in the COVID-19 Era

You've been putting it off and have extra time to get it done while at home.

"...The truth is that just about everyone should have an estate plan, even if there is no looming health threat. So if you don’t have one, there’s no better time than now to put it together." 
In a time where nothing is certain except your ability to think about all of the things you wish you would have done, now is the time to check one of the most important things off that list: estate planning.
Anyone that has reached the age of majority, regardless of their assets and physical possessions, should have some basic estate planning documents in place. During this pandemic, it's more imporant than ever that you have documents that reflect who you want to help handle your affairs in the event you become unable to do so yourself.
So much of the estate planning process can be completed remotely, that now is the perfect time. If you're ready to complete, review or update your essential documents, please call (312) 201-0900 or email us at

Beware of COVID-19 Scams!

Have you been scammed? Call us at (312) 201-0900.


That criminals try to capitalize on a global pandemic does not surprise the agent, who assails them as “opportunists."

Other kinds of coronavirus scams involve con artists:

In the last example, McMahon notes that a huckster was claiming to have 10,000 face masks — ready for shipping — for $5,000. “We can prepare the shipment today against tomorrow morning as soon as payment is done,” the message continued. Take note of the awkward phrasing — “against tomorrow” — which should raise a red flag about the email's legitimacy.

As the agent urges, it's time for people to be “cognizant of their cyber-posture."

Secret Service Warns: Cybercriminals Exploiting Coronavirus Fears

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