Chicago Elder Law Firm Peck Bloom, LLC, Partners with the North Shore Senior Center

Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014    

NSSC_Logo_2013_Color_PMS294Peck Bloom, LLC, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the North Shore Senior Center’s (NSSC) Annual Benefit. The event supports the NSSC’s Family and Senior Services program, which served more than 30,000 older adults, as well as the House of Welcome Adult Day Service program that served 19,000 individuals last year.

The “Flashback: Flickers of the Silver Screen” benefit is taking place on September 20, 2014 in Northfield, IL. Peck Bloom, LLC, is the Director Level Sponsor.

“The North Shore Senior Center provides wonderful services and programs for adults in the community. Supporting their Annual Benefit is a wonderful opportunity for us to get involved and further support their efforts,” said Kerry R. Peck, managing partner at Peck Bloom, LLC.

Peck Bloom, LLC’s partnership with the NSSC doesn’t end there! As corporate partners, Peck Bloom, LLC, is providing several programs over the upcoming year to NSSC members.

“Contributing to the excellent programming the NSSC provides its members and the community is very exciting,” added Peck. “I look forward to presenting on interesting topics and getting to know the members of the NSSC.”

Peck Bloom, LLC, is a leading boutique law firm providing representation in various legal areas including Alzheimer’s disease planning, special needs planning, guardianship, administration of estates and trusts, estate planning, trust and probate litigation and more. The firm has offices located in Northbrook, Chicago, and Orland Park. For a consultation, contact Peck Bloom, LLC, at (312) 201-0900.


Elder Law Firm Peck Bloom, LLC, Sponsors of North Shore Senior Center’s Annual Benefit

Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014    

CHICAGO, IL – Estate Planning and Elder Law firm Peck Bloom, LLC is proud to announce its sponsorship of the North Shore Senior Center’s Annual Benefit. The event supports the North Shore Senior Center’s Family and Senior Services program, which served more than 30,000 older adults, as well as the House of Welcome Adult Day Service program that served 19,000 individuals last year.

The “Flashback: Flickers of the Silver Screen” benefit is taking place on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.in Northfield, IL. Peck Bloom, LLC is the Director Level Sponsor.

“The North Shore Senior Center provides wonderful services and programs for adults in the community. Supporting their Annual Benefit is a wonderful opportunity for us to get involved and further support their efforts,” saidKerry R. Peck, managing partner at Peck Bloom, LLC (http://www.peckbloom.com).

Peck Bloom, LLC is a leading boutique law firm providing advice and representation in various legal areas including Alzheimer’s disease planning, special needs planning, guardianship, administration of estates and trusts, estate planning, trust and probate litigation and more.  The firm has offices located in Northbrook, Chicago, and Orland Park.

To learn more about this event visit www.nssc.org and for more information about Peck Bloom, LLC, visit www.peckbloom.com.


Kerry Peck Featured in NBC News Piece by Maria Shriver

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014    

Chicago, IL – Kerry R. Peck, managing partner of Peck Bloom, LLC, was recently featured in an NBC News piece by Maria Shriver entitled “Life Ed: Protecting Wishes And Assets Of Alzheimer’s Patients.”

The piece looked at several of the most important points that Peck highlights in a new book that he co-authored, “Alzheimer’s and the Law,” which was published by the American Bar Association.

In the piece, Peck states, “All of us desire independence and the preservation of dignity. This goal requires prompt action when a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is rendered.” He then goes on to discuss five important considerations for those with Alzheimer’s.

You can read the piece in its entirety by clicking here.


Kerry Peck Speaking at International Elder Law & Policy Conference July 11

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014    

Chicago, IL – Kerry R. Peck, managing partner of the Chicago litigation firm Peck Bloom, LLC, will be on a panel discussing “Capacity, Protection, and the Prevention of Abuse of Older Persons” at the John Marshall Law School’s 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference in Chicago, IL.

The Conference which is bringing international scholars, advocates, and policy makers together to participate in an academic discussion on the law, policy, and implementation of legal protections for older persons around the globe is taking place July 10-11th. The “Capacity, Protection, and the Prevention of Abuse of Older Persons” panel is on July 11 from 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

“It’s important to have discussions about how we can help protect vulnerable older adults,” said Kerry Peck (www.peckbloom.com) “I’ve spent a large portion of my career fighting for the best care and financial safeguards for my clients. I look forward to providing my insights as well as learning from my colleagues at the Conference.”

Kerry is a past President of the 22,000-lawyer Chicago Bar Association. He is chair of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s Elder Abuse Task Force and was retained by the City of Chicago Department of Aging to rewrite the State of Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act. He co-wrote the book Alzheimer’s and the Law, published by the American Bar Association, and is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars for attorneys and healthcare professionals across the country. Kerry is also a member of Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.

For more information about the conference visit http://www.jmls.edu/braun/ and for additional information about Kerry Peck visit www.peckbloom.com


Kerry Peck Re-Appointed to ABA Commission on Law and Aging

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014    

Chicago, IL – Peck Bloom, LLC Managing Partner Kerry R. Peck was re-appointed to the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging for the third consecutive year.

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging examines a wide range of legal issues affecting older adults. Their work results in policy and practice research and development, coordination and collaboration, and professional and public education.

“I’m thrilled to be asked back for another term on the ABA’s Commission on Law and Aging,” said Kerry Peck (www.peckbloom.com). “I’ve spent a large portion of my career fighting for the best care and financial safeguards for my clients. I look forward to continuing my efforts to protect vulnerable older adults.”

Kerry Peck concentrates his practice in Trust and Estate Litigation, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Guardianship and Fiduciary Litigation, and Special Needs and Alzheimer ’s Disease Planning. Mr. Peck is a past President of the 22,000-lawyer Chicago Bar Association. He is chair of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s Elder Abuse Task Force and was retained by the City of Chicago Department of Aging to rewrite the State of Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act. He co-wrote the book Alzheimer’s and the Law, published by the American Bar Association, and is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars for attorneys and healthcare professionals across the country. Kerry is also a member of Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.

For more information on Kerry Peck or his Chicago litigation firm Peck Bloom, LLC, visit www.peckbloom.com


Brandon Peck to Serve as Public Service Manager for the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014    

Chicago, IL – Peck Bloom, LLC is pleased to announce that associate Brandon Peck was elected to serve as the Public Service Manager of the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA).

As Public Service Manager, Brandon will oversee the Section’s various public service projects including, Pro Bono Week, Law Week, and the Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, benefiting the CBA Foundation.

“It’s important to remain active and supportive of the good work the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA does for the community,” said Brandon E. Peck (www.peckbloom.com). “I look forward to working on the many events put on by the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA and help make them a continued success.”

Brandon E. Peck is an associate attorney with Peck Bloom, LLC. He concentrates his practice on guardianship litigation and administration, trust litigation, probate litigation, fiduciary defense litigation, elder law, and estate administration, with an emphasis on contested trusts and estates. Brandon is a contributing author to the book Alzheimer’s and the Law. He was also named a 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, nominated by his peers as one of the best attorneys in Illinois.

Peck Bloom, LLC is a boutique Chicago law firm that provides representation in all areas of elder law including probate, trust and guardianship litigation, administration of estates and trusts, Alzheimer’s disease planning, estate planning, asset protection, corporate law, tax law, and special needs planning.

For more information on Brandon Peck or Peck Bloom, LLC visit www.peckbloom.com


Andy Lau Joins The Board of The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Chicago

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014    

Chicago, IL – Peck Bloom, LLC is proud to announce that associate Andy Lau has joined the Board of Directors for the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Chicago (CCBA). Established in the 1880s, the CCBA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unite overseas Chinese and promote their welfare; conduct community services and charity events for the public interests; enhance the Sino-American friendship; and promulgate Chinese heritages.

“I am proud and excited to join the Board of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Chicago,” said Andy Lau (www.peckbloom.com). “As an attorney and first generation Chinese American, I understand the various needs of the Chinese community and I look forward to using my background to help the Chinese community continue to flourish.”

Andy Lau, who is fluent in Cantonese, counsels individuals, families and family-owned businesses in connection with estate planning, asset protection, wealth transfer, business succession planning, probate, special needs planning, real estate and tax law in the areas of gift and estate taxation.

Peck Bloom, LLC is a leading boutique law firm providing advice and representation in various legal areas including estate planning, Alzheimer’s disease planning, elder law, administration of estates and trusts, guardianship, litigation and more.

To learn more about Andy Lau or Peck Bloom, LLC visit www.peckbloom.com.


Tim Ritchey Introduces Senate Bill on Elder Abuse

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014    

Peck Bloom, LLC Partner Timothy J. Ritchey spoke as an expert witness in front of the Illinois Senate in Springfield, IL on March 25, 2014 about proposed changes to the Illinois Probate Act. The proposal, which seeks to modify certain provisions of sections 755 ILCS 5/2-6.2 and 5/2-6.6 of the Illinois Probate Act, was sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein (D) and Rep. Emily McAsey (D).

Under current Illinois law individuals convicted in criminal court for abusing or exploiting the elderly or disabled are considered predeceased for the purposes of distributions from an Estate. The proposed amendments to the statute seek to extend the same remedies to individuals found liable of financial exploitation through a civil proceeding.

“It’s our hope that legislation will be changed so that when an individual has exploited one of the more vulnerable persons in our society, that their rights to inherit from that person will not stand unaffected,” said Timothy J. Ritchey (www.peckbloom.com). “This will allow attorneys to proceed with disinheritance hearings during the victim’s life or post-death.”

Sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association Probate Practice Committee and backed by Senator Silverstein, Ritchey discussed changes to the Probate Act with regards to abuse of the elderly and disabled. After passing through the Illinois Senate on April 3, 2014, the proposal has been transferred to the House Rules Committee.

Tim Ritchey concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and guardianship administration, probate and trust litigation, real estate litigation, fiduciary defense litigation and elder law. Ritchey has represented clients before courts in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will and Kane Counties; various Illinois appellate courts; the Illinois Supreme Court; and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He 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.


Kenneth M. Bloom Named Co-Chair of the Special Needs Alliance Marketing Committee

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014    

Chicago, IL – Peck Bloom, LLC Partner Kenneth M. Bloom has been named Co-Chair of the Special Needs Alliance Marketing Committee.

The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national, not for profit organization of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law. The SNA is an invitation-only organization; membership is based on a combination of relevant legal experience in the disability and elder law fields, direct family experience with disability, active participation with national, state and local disability advocacy organizations, and professional reputation.

“Peck Bloom, LLC has been a member of the Special Needs Alliance for about 10 years. Our firm assists families to plan for disabled children, or other family members who are, or are likely to become, disabled, and require special protection,” said Kenneth Bloom. “As Co-Chair of the SNA Marketing Committee, I look forward to helping increase their educational outreach.”

Kenneth Bloom focuses his practice areas in estate planning and administration, wills, trusts, elder law, probate, asset protection, real estate, and general corporate and business transactional matters. He is rated among the top six percent of Illinois estate planning attorneys by the American Research Corporation, has received the highest rating of distinction by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, and was named an Illinois Super Lawyer for the last eight years.

“Through the use of special needs trusts, asset planning and coordination of private and public resources, our legal team helps families to maximize resources and enhance quality of life for loved ones,” added Bloom. “I hope my efforts with the Special Needs Alliance will help connect individuals with qualified attorneys on a national level to improve their quality of life.”

For more information about Kenneth Bloom, visit www.peckbloom.com and to learn more about the Special Needs Alliance, visit www.specialneedsalliance.org


Kerry Peck Appears on Justice & Law Weekly

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014    

Chicago, IL – Chicago Litigation Lawyer Kerry R. Peck appeared on WYCC PBS Chicago’s show Justice & Law Weekly on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Hosted by Timothy Eaton, Kerry Peck discussed his new book, Alzheimer’s and the Law, as well as Alzheimer’s disease planning.

Justice & Law Weekly, hosted by the Chicago Bar Association, airs on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on channel 20.

“It’s important to understand the legal options that are available before and after a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease so that your clients or patients have the best options for their healthcare and financial plans,” said Peck Bloom, LLC (www.peckbloom.com) Managing Partner Kerry Peck. “I wrote Alzheimer’s and the Law to educate attorneys, families and professionals in the aging industry on the various legal tools available to help someone with a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis.”

Peck concentrates his practice on trust and estate litigation, estate planning and administration, probate, guardianship, and elder law. He is the past president of the 22,000-lawyer Chicago Bar Association and is currently a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging. Peck is chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section Council and is also a member of Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.

“Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that affects each patient differently. The sooner you start planning, the more choices you will have. Our firm’s compassionate and competent attorneys are able to explore every planning option available is utilized to ensure the patient’s wishes are met,” concluded Peck.

To view the episode visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PY63Esx_WY. To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease planning or Kerry Peck visit www.peckbloom.com


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