Anna Nicole Smith’s family failed in its final bid for inheritance

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014    

On Monday, August 18, a federal judge ended nearly two decades of legal limbo between the estates of late Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith and her late Texas billionaire husband J. Howard Marshall II by ruling against the Smith estate’s final move to collect $44 million in sanctions from Marshall’s fortune.

According to U.S. District Court Judge David Carter, J. Howard Marshall’s son and executor of his estate Pierce Marshall and his legal team displayed “a distinct disinterest in rules or ethics” during the 19-year legal process. However, lawyers of Smith’s family failed to substantiate actual damages brought about by the behavior, which led the judge not to award sanctions.

Fourteen months after Marshall and Smith’s wedding in 1994, the oil tycoon died and left his entire estate to his son. Smith contested that her deceased husband promised to leave her $300 million, prompting a long legal strife that continued even after Smith’s death in 2007 and Pierce Marshall’s death in 2006.

Don’t let your battle over inheritance drag on like this. If you are trying to contest an estate or facing any probate issues in Chicago, a lawyer at Peck Bloom, LLC, might be able to help you. Call us at (855)328-5787 and tell us your situation.


KERRY PECK RECIPIENT OF THE JUSTICE JOHN PAUL STEVENS AWARD BY THE CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION

Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014    

KERRY PECK RECIPIENT OF THE JUSTICE JOHN PAUL STEVENS AWARD BY THE CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago litigation attorney Kerry Peck has been selected to receive The Chicago Bar Association’s (CBA) 2014 Justice John Paul Stevens Award, the CBA’s highest honor. The award luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago.

The award is named for Chicagoan Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired from the United States Supreme Court in 2010. The Stevens Award recognizes lawyers and judges who have demonstrated outstanding character and commitment to community throughout their careers. The CBA looks for nominees who, like Justice Stevens, exemplify the highest personal integrity and devotion to public service.

“I am thrilled to be recognized among such an esteemed group of accomplished individuals,” said Kerry Peck, Peck Bloom, LLC Managing Partner (www.peckbloom.com). “I’m proud that my work as a Chicago litigation attorney and my public service has been recognized by my peers.”

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 about Kerry Peck or his firm, visit www.peckbloom.com.


Steve Ballmer now owns LA Clippers

Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014    

Following weeks of legal strife between former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his extranged wife, former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is now the official owner of the team after a California court approved the $2 billion sale of the basketball franchise on Tuesday, August 12.

In June, Shelly Sterling asked a probate court to allow her to single-handedly sell the team in behalf of the Sterling Family Trust after ousting her husband as a co-trustee on grounds of mental incapacitation from Alzheimer’s.

As part of the deal, Shelly Sterling will receive two courtside seats for each Clippers game at the Staples Center, six parking spaces, three champion rings following any Clippers’ NBA championship, and the titles Clippers’ No. 1 Fan and owner emeritus.

Reaching your desired outcome during probate litigation is extremely important in safeguarding your interests and your future. If you or someone you know is facing probate issues in Chicago, our team of probate attorneys at Peck Bloom, LLC, may be of great help. Call our offices at 855-328-5787 today.


Kerry Peck Consulted in Forbes Article

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014    

Chicago elder law attorney Kerry Peck of Peck Bloom, LLC, was recently consulted for an article in Forbes about a new book dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, We Are Not Ourselves. Peck was asked to comment on some of the legal issues that are covered in this fictional work, and he identified some of the differences between what happened in the book and how similar matters would actually occur in the legal system. To read the article in full, click here.


Governor Signs Bill Helping Fight Financial Exploitation

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014    

Over the past year, Chicago litigation lawyer Tim Ritchey has met with members of the Chicago probate community, as well as state legislators, to discuss modifying sections 755 ILCS 5/2-6.2 and 5/2-6.6 of the Illinois Probate Act of 1975. After speaking before the Illinois Congress, SB2955 was approved and signed by Gov. Quinn, which helps extend remedies for victims of financial exploitation.

Under the revised statute, civil or criminal findings of financial exploitation will affect the abuser’s ability to receive any benefit from the Estate upon the passing of the victim. For all purposes of administration they would be treated as predeceased.

While it is always unfortunate to learn that a client has become a victim of financial exploitation, the new statute aims to offer another remedy to the aggrieved party and his/her family and beneficiaries. By understanding the new statute, attorneys are in a position to aid their clients and their families when such an issue arises.

Peck Bloom, LLC’s Chicago litigation attorneys are experienced in helping victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation. For a consultation call (312) 201-0900.


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


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