Amanda Bynes’ parents give up conservatorship

Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2014    

Amanda Bynes’ parents are reportedly giving up conservatorship over their troubled daughter, Mirror reported on Tuesday, November 11.

According to the report, the star’s welfare will be taken care of by a mental health professional specializing in severe mental health illnesses. Meanwhile, Byne’s conservatorship attorney confirmed the actress’ financial needs will be taken care of by an unnamed private trust firm. Her parents, meanwhile, are reportedly planning to move back to Texas.

The next probate hearing is scheduled in February next year.

Guardianship is designed to look after the welfare of individuals who are not able to handle their own personal and financial affairs. If you need legal help seeking guardianship, our team of Chicago guardianship administration lawyers at Peck Bloom, LLC, is willing to look into your circumstances and find effective ways by which legal guardianship may be obtained. To learn more about what we can do for you, contact our firm at (855) 328-5787 today.

Kerry R. Peck and Kyle T. Fahey published in ABA Heath Newsletter

Posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014    

An article written by Kerry R. Peck and Kyle T. Fahey of Peck Bloom, LLC, was recently published in the October 2014 ABA Health Newsletter. The article, “POLST Updates: What Attorneys Need to Know,” discusses POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) forms, how a POLST form is created, and some of the legal issues connected to these directives. Learn more by clicking here to read the article in full.

Late Nirvana frontman’s only daughter buys $1.8 million home

Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014    

Frances Bean Cobain, the only daughter of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, recently purchased a $1.8 million-dollar Spanish inspired home in California, FWN reported on October 29.

According to the report, the 22-year-old model and artist was able to buy the 3,350 square foot property through the multi-million dollar trust fund she inherited from her father. The late lead singer’s estate is worth $450 million, 37% of which is named to his sole daughter.

The two-story house situated in Hollywood Hills was built in the 1930’s by architect Carl Jules Weyl, the art director of the film Casablanca.

The trust fund was created in 1997, three years after Kurt Cobain’s death, “to protect Frances Bean from creditors or future ex-spouses.”

At Peck Bloom, LLC, our attorneys work to take care of our clients’ loved ones by assisting them through the process of planning their estates. To get started, speak with one of our Chicago-based estate planning attorneys by calling (855) 328-5787 today.

Brandon Peck Organizes YLS CBA Seminar on Dispositive Motions

Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014    


(Left to Right) Matthew Jenkins, Timothy Ritchey, Brandon Peck, Hon. John H. Ehrlich, and Hon. James G. Riley

Peck Bloom, LLC, Senior Associate Brandon Peck organized a 90 minute seminar on Dispositive Motions at the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) on October 30, 2014. The panel presentation featured Hon. James G. Riley, Supervising Judge of the Probate Division, Hon. John H. Ehrlich, Circuit Court Law Division, Tim Ritchey and Matthew Jenkins. Brandon, the CBA YLS Public Service Manager, organized the seminar.

The presentation featured a discussion on the judicial perspective on 2-615 and 2-619 Motions to Dismiss. Pleading requirements for filing and answering 2-615 and 2-619 Motions to Dismiss, including considerations on timing, elements and content before the Circuit Court of Cook County were examined. The panel also talked about strategies employed by practitioners during drafting and arguments to the Court.

The seminar was very well attended and can also be viewed on the CBA’s website for CLE credit. For more information on continuing legal education seminars such as this, visit

Brandon Peck and Ronald Webb Promoted to Senior Associates at Peck Bloom, LLC

Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014    

Chicago, ILPeck Bloom, LLC is proud to announce that Brandon E. Peck and Ronald E. Webb have been promoted to Senior Associates. Brandon, who focuses his practice in estate and trust litigation. Ronald concentrates his practice in the area of estate planning and business law. Brandon and Ronald have played an integral role in making the firm a success.

“We can’t think of two more deserving people to be named senior associates,” said Timothy J. Ritchey, partner at Peck Bloom, LLC ( “Our attorneys have a reputation for being highly experienced in the field of elder law and we know that Brandon and Ron will help further that reputation.”

In 2014 Brandon was selected by his peers in multiple statewide surveys of Illinois attorneys as a “Super Lawyer”, an attorney to whom other attorneys would refer their family. He also was a contributor to the book Alzheimer’s and the Law, which was published by the American Bar Association in 2013. He currently serves as a Public Service Manager for the Chicago Bar Association’s (CBA) Young Lawyers Section. Previously, Brandon served as the Director of the CBA Young Lawyers Section, and is a past co-chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Section Estate Planning Committee.

Ronald is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and has served as Chair of the Probate Practice Committee. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Estate Planning Council. Ronald frequently lectures to colleagues and professionals in the areas of estate and special needs planning. He is also regularly published in several journals including those published by the American Bar Association.

For more information about Brandon Peck, Ronald Webb or Peck Bloom, LLC visit

Tim Ritchey Honored by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2014    

CHICAGO, IL – Peck Bloom, LLC Partner Timothy Ritchey will receive the Young Alumni Award from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law on November 20th at the 2014 Alumni Awards & Recognition Dinner held at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel.

The Young Alumni Award is bestowed to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the practice of law, public service, and volunteering.

“We are extremely proud of Timothy Ritchey’s acknowledgement by the Chicago-Kent College of Law,” said Kerry R. Peck, managing partner of Peck Bloom, LLC ( “Tim not only works tirelessly for his clients and fights to protect the elderly and disabled in the courts and promoting legislation, but he also generously shares his time and talent with the Alumni Association and several professional organizations.”

Tim Ritchey concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and guardianship administration, probate and trust litigation, estate planning, fiduciary litigation and elder law. Tim was named as one of the 40 attorneys in Illinois under 40 to watch by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in 2014 and has been named a Rising Star in Illinois in Estate and Trust Litigation by SuperLawyers for the last three years. Tim has been appointed to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General in actions relating to Illinois health care and disability law, and is involved in many professional and charitable organizations including the Young Professionals Board for the Center of Disability and Elder Law, ISBA, CBA, and DuPage County Bar Association.

To learn more about Timothy Ritchey or Peck Bloom, LLC visit

SPCA Monterey to benefit from sale of Joan Fontaine’s house

Posted on Monday, October 27th, 2014    

Proceeds from the sale of late Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine’s house in California will be donated to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) based in Monterey, the San Jose Mercury News reported on October 19.

Fontaine’s three-acre Villa Fontana on Lower Walden includes a 4,500 square-foot ranch-style home and a garden of 500 roses. Noel Beutel, executor of Fontaine’s estate and a friend of the late actress for 25 years, said the SPCA would likely receive more than $1 million from the sale of the property, which is currently listed at $2.6 million.

The contents of the house will also be sold in four auctions to benefit the SPCA.

Planning your estate means ensuring that your interests are taken care of in the wake of your death or incapacity. Our estate planning attorneys at Peck Bloom, LLC, can help you with all your estate planning needs in Chicago. Call us at (855) 328-5787 today.

Marilyn Monroe’s estate sued for virtual 3-D image

Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014    

Marilyn Monroe’s estate and an audiovisual firm adopting the persona of the actress in 3D are engaged in a probate battle that could have an extensive effect among the estates of celebrated people who failed to register their persona while still alive, Mail Online reported on October 2.

Monroe’s estate claims that Virtual Marilyn LLC’s use of Monroe’s persona will confuse people and uses her identity to garner an unfair following. However, a 13-page court document filed by the audiovisual firm at a U.S. district court states the company now owns Monroe’s persona rights. The suit explains that Monroe’s persona rights ‘died’ along with her in 1962, and that the actress never registered any aspect of her persona as a trademark when she was still alive.

In 2012, the United States Copyright Office awarded Virtual Marilyn LLC the right to use computer generated characters adopting Monroe’s persona, which may include her name, image, likeness, voice and signature.

Probate disputes and litigation such as this should be handled by qualified and highly professional probate litigation attorneys who know well how important it is to protect your rights in and out of the courtroom. At Peck Bloom, LLC, we may advocate for you or a loved one’s welfare. To contact our Chicago office, call (855) 328-5787 today.

Tim Ritchey Named One of the Best Professionals Under Forty by Suburban Life

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014    

Peck Bloom, LLC, Partner Timothy Ritchey was among a select group of suburban professionals who were honored on September 25, 2014 at Suburban Life’s inaugural Best Under 40 awards ceremony.

The winners were nominated and selected based on their contributions to their career and community. The requirements were that recipients live in the western suburbs of Chicago and be younger than 40 years old. The recipients were said to be an exemplary example of what it means to go above and beyond.

Tim concentrates his practice in estate and trust litigation, elder law, and guardianship. Tim has been appointed Special Assistant Attorney General in numerous matters to represent the State’s interests in actions relating to Illinois healthcare and disability law. In 2014, he wrote legislation and testified as an expert before the Illinois Senate on an amendment to the Illinois Probate Act regarding elder abuse and financial exploitation.

Tim was named an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012-2014, nominated by his peers as one of the best attorneys in Illinois, an honor which is bestowed on up to 2.5% of the attorneys in Illinois annually. Tim has authored numerous articles addressing elder law issues. He was also selected by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch.

Joan Rivers leaves estate to daughter and grandson

Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014    

Comedian and producer Joan Rivers has left $150 million to her daughter Melissa Rivers and her grandson Cooper Endicott, The Daily News reported on Thursday, September 18.

She also had clear instructions regarding the welfare of her four rescue dogs. The veteran actress requested that her dogs be handed over to Jocelyn Pickett, her personal assistant and family friend. A source close to the Rivers stated that the late comedian treated her dogs as a family, and wanted them to be taken cared of should anything happen to her.

The report also confirmed Melissa Rivers is in the process of selling Joan’s $35 million penthouse near Fifth Avenue and home in Connecticut.

If you want to ensure your welfare during estate or inheritance distribution, or need help implementing a decedent’s will in Chicago, a lawyer at Peck Bloom, LLC can guide you through this process. For a free case assessment, call us at (855) 328-5787 today.

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