Malnutrition and nursing home abuse

Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2015    

Typically, the kind of nursing home abuse that we are aware of involves physical or emotional violence. However, one of the common forms of abuse in a care facility that people are often unable to see is malnutrition. This form of abuse may go on for a while before the effects become visible and concerned friends or family may notice, and therein lies the problem. An employee’s failure to provide nourishment needed to sustain the health of a patient must immediately be reported.

An elderly person’s appetite may alter, especially when taking medications, and this can also make it very difficult to identify when an employee is failing to provide sustenance. However, it is the responsibility of nursing home employees to do everything in their power to give their patients the food and care that they need. Because early detection is vital in correcting malnourishment, those with elderly family members should watch for the following signs:

  • Redness or swelling around the eyes, deteriorated vision
  • Canker sores, excessive redness in the mouth
  • Flaccid muscles

If you know someone in Chicago who is suffering from any form of nursing home abuse, please immediately consult with our legal team at Peck Ritchey, LLC to discuss what legal action may be available to take. Call us today at (855) 328-5787.

Attorney Kerry Peck to Speak at Financial Wellness Breakfast & Brew Event

Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015    

On October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., attorney Kerry Peck of Peck Ritchey, LLC, will be speaking at the Financial Wellness Breakfast & Brew presented by the North Shore Senior Center. The public is encouraged to attend the complimentary breakfast and learn more about the topic of special needs planning. For our family and friends that are disabled or suffer from a cognitive disability, developing a plan for their future medical treatments, guardianships, and finances is critical for preserving their well-being.

The event is free for the public and North Shore Senior Center residents and staff. For those wishing to attend, please RSVP by contacting Molly Conly at (847) 784-6050 or as space is limited. The event will take place at Chase Bank—Winnetka Branch in the Lower Level Conference Room. For more information, click here.

Attorney Jesse A. Footlik to Hold “When Dementia Leads to Drama” Event

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015    

On Tuesday, October 13th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm, attorney Jesse A. Footlik from Peck Ritchey, LLC, will be speaking at the event “When Dementia Leads to Drama” at the Bethesda Home & Retirement Center. At this event, Jesse will be discussing some of the dramatic and surprising situations that families have experienced after having a family member or loved one diagnosed with dementia. Additionally, he will be discussing some of the legal opportunities that exist to help address these issues.

The event is free, but those wishing to attend need to RSVP to the event by contacting Lecia Szuberla at or by calling (847) 462-0885. Additionally, individuals who are Illinois Social Workers, Registered Nurses, or Nursing Home Administrators can earn 1.0 CE by attending this event. The presentation itself will begin at 5:30pm. Prior to that, there will be time for registration, networking, and a provided dinner.

Robin Williams’ children, widow settle estate dispute

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015    

Robin Williams’ children and his fourth wife, Susan Schneider Williams, have finally come to an agreement after a highly publicized dispute over the late comedian’s possessions. The details of the out-of-court settlement were not disclosed to the public, but the lawyers representing both parties in the case have stated that they believe the settlement will appease both sides.

Susan Williams obtained the home in Tiburon that she and the late actor shared before his death, along with the establishment of a trust that will enable her to maintain the property. The case began in December of 2014, when the widow filed a petition with the court stating that some of the actor’s belongings were removed from their shared home without her consent, and asking that the contents of their home be excluded from the items that would be left to his children, Zachary, Zelda, and Cody.

While the settlement is still awaiting court approval, it seems likely that it will be granted as the judge had previously encouraged the parties to come to reasonable terms outside of court. Mr. Williams’ widow and children will surely be glad to finally reach a conclusion in their disagreement over the distribution of the estate so that they can carry on with their mourning.

Alzheimer’s disease: Plan your legal and financial security

Posted on Monday, October 5th, 2015    

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating and serious illness that can become more complicated over time. It is important to consider legal measures when a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This illness affects not only the person diagnosed but also affects their loved ones. Careful planning for the future is imperative for families facing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. It is a disease that poses difficulties in the future. Fortunately, everyone may seek legal help regarding cases like this.

It is possible to secure your entire family’s security through consultation with elder law attorneys. The experts of elder law will be able to help you with housing, medical planning, financial planning, guardianship, and all the other legal actions surrounding elder law. Alzheimer’s disease planning ensures the quality life and security for your loved ones.

If a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you may secure your safety and future by consulting with esteemed elder law attorneys at Peck Ritchey, LLC. Call our Chicago office at (855) 328-5787.

What are my rights as an executor?

Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015    

A person trusted to be the executor of an estate bears the responsibility of ensuring that instructions in the will are devotedly being carried out, and assets are being managed in a way that is responsible and efficient. To allow executors to carry out these tasks, the court grants them certain rights, usually through a document called a letters testamentary.

As an executor, you may have the right to:

  • Be reimbursed for all the expenses you’ve incurred
  • Receive compensation
  • Hire professionals to work with you
  • Liquidate assets in order to manage the estate’s costs or pay the deceased person’s debts
  • Communicate with the people and institutions who had served the testator during his or her lifetime, and those who would normally keep the information about the deceased person confidential

However, executors are almost always under scrutiny from the beneficiaries involved. If you are an executor and have been accused of claims that would need legal guidance and representation to resolve, speak with our team at Peck Ritchey, LLC by calling our Chicago offices at (855) 328-5787 today.

Peck appointed as liaison to ABA Commission on Law and Aging

Posted on Friday, September 11th, 2015    

Peck Ritchey, LLC, is happy to announce that Kerry Peck has been appointed as the Liaison from the Senior Lawyers Division to the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. Peck’s appointment began on the 1st of September.

The ABA’s Commission on Law and Aging examines a broad spectrum of legal issues that affect people in the later years of their lives. The work that the Commission engages in helps to produce advancements in the following areas: policy and practice research, professional and consumer education in capacity assessment, elder abuse, health care decision making, guardianship, rights of older adults, Medicare, and cognitive impairment.

Kerry Peck to present Judge Marovitz Mentoring award at My Hero Awards

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015    

Peck Ritchey, LLC, is a proud sponsor of this year’s My Hero Awards, which will be held on the 17th of September in Chicago by the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth organization. The My Hero Awards commemorate leadership in and a commitment to one-on-one mentoring as demonstrated by individuals, corporations, and firms in the community.

Our very own Kerry Peck will be presenting this year’s Judge Marovitz Mentoring award to the Honorable Maureen E. Connors. If you are interested in contributing to the My Hero Awards event, the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth event page has all the relevant information about how you can buy tickets, become a sponsor, and make a donation.

Dispute over Jimi Hendrix’s estate settled

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015    

The legal dispute over the estate of late American guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jimi Hendrix has been settled, according to an article from Rolling Stone.

A settlement has been reached between Jimi Hendrix’s adopted sister and the operator of his estate, Janie Hendrix, and his brother, Leon Hendrix, over a 2009 claim that Leon Hendrix and his company, Hendrix Licensing, sold merchandise that used the late icon’s signature and image without the rights. The settlement, which was reached in July, banned Hendrix Licensing from selling items with the registered Jimi Hendrix trademark. Both parties also agreed on an undisclosed settlement amount.

In 2002, Jimi Hendrix’s father died, leaving the late music icon’s $80 million estate to his daughter, Janie Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix died without a will in September 1970, which has only complicated matters.

Failing to plan your estate could put your loved ones’ financial welfare at risk. At Peck Ritchey, LLC, we help Chicago residents secure their loved one’s futures through estate planning. Call us at (855) 328-5787 today.

Bobbi Kristina Brown dies at the age of 22

Posted on Friday, August 7th, 2015    

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter and only heiress of late singing icon Whitney Houston, died at the age of 22 on July 26, according to a report by the International Business Times.

Bobbi Kristina was in a coma and treated for about six months after being found unconscious in a bathtub at her home in Roswell, Georgia. During this time, her large inheritance from her mother became the center of speculation. According to the New York Daily News, Whitney Houston’s will states that in the event of her daughter’s death, Bobbi Kristina’s grandmother and two uncles would inherit the fortune. Whitney Houston’s will didn’t include Bobbi Kristina’s father, Bobby Brown, after the ex-couple’s divorce in 2007.

At one point, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, was also believed to be the next in line to receive her fortune. Bobbi Kristina and Nick claimed that they had married in 2014, but Bobbi Kristina’s father said no marriage records exist. While she was in a coma, a judge granted her father and her aunt as co-guardians over her, but the financial situation was not mentioned at that time.

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