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A Note from Peck Ritchey

July 15, 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 upcoming 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, effective June 29, 2020, Judge Daniel Malone, Acting Presiding Judge of the Probate Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County entered an order stating all matters will proceed remotely by videoconference. Cases will not be heard in the Daley Center until further notice. 

Our office is still here to help. If you need assistance with estate planning, 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. We can meet with you by video conference so you do not need to leave the safety of your home. 

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

Join Peck Ritchey, LLC for the Memory Care Virtual Summer Olympics!

Peck Ritchey is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the Memory Care Coalition of Chicago's Virtual Summer Olympics!

Tune in this Friday, July 17, 2020, to listen to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky provide the opening remarks and light the torch, and then stay tuned for our very own Kerry Peck and Dr. Victoria Braund as they discuss the legal and medical aspects of dementia.

Click below for more information and to register for free!

Financial scams have become increasingly popular, especially among seniors. Seniors typically have worked hard to save money and have large sums sitting in accounts which is exactly what the scammers are after.

Below is an excerpt about a popular scam to be aware of so you can protect yourself and loved ones.

Fraudsters Pose as COVID-19 Contact Tracers by AARP Fraud Resource Center

"The incoming call is supposedly from the local health department. The caller sounds professional, though worried. The news is bad: You've spent time with someone who is now sick with COVID-19. Relax, the caller says, and just answer a few questions.

Answering those questions may be your civic duty, or a huge mistake. Consumer advocates say the caller either could be legitimate — or a scammer trying to steal your money or identity.

"The pandemic is a dream come true for scammers,” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau that serves Chicago and Northern Illinois. “They tell you you might be infected. You've read all about it and you're scared. That's when your defense wall comes down. After all, you (think) it's the health department because of the caller ID."

Rigging a phone call to make it look as if the call is coming from another number is easy, Bernas warns. “You can buy an app online that can spoof the Internal Revenue Service, a health department or any other number."

Read the entire article here: Fraudsters Pose as COVID-19 Contact Tracers - AARP Fraud Watch Network

Is Someone Trying to Steal Your Inheritance?


Is it a family member, caregiver, or "new" friend?

We can help!

Call (312) 201-0900 for a no-cost initial consultation.

Peck Ritchey in the Community

Peck Ritchey is proud to educate residents and professionals in the Chicagoland community on a number of important issues surrounding aging and estate planning. Here are our upcoming speaking events:

The Other Bucket List - 25 Legal Documents You Shouldn't Be Without 
-July 16, 2020 

On July 16, 2020, Kerry Peck will present a webinar to the North Shore Senior Center in Northfield about important documents everyone should have. 

Find registration information here:

Medical vs. Legal Perspective on Dementia 
-July 17, 2020

On July 17, 2020, Kerry Peck and Dr. Victoria Braund, Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem and Clinical Assist Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, will discuss the legal and medical sides of dementia as well as the importance of advance directives and why everyone should have them.

Find registration information here:

Romancing for Riches 
-July 21, 2020 

On July 21, 2020, Kerry Peck will present a webinar for the Lutheran Home about "Sex for Signatures". Learn about the signs of financial exploitation, what to do if it happens, and explore how guardianship and estate planning can help vulnerable adults. 

Call (847) 368-7462 to sign-up and receive Zoom login information.

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

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