Benihana heirs accuse stepmom of wasting inheritance

Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014    

The children of late restaurateur and Benihana founder Hiroaki Aoki have filed a claim against their stepmother for allegedly spending their $50 million inheritance on questionable expenses, The Daily Mail reported on November 25.

Earlier this year, Aoki’s heirs assumed control over their father’s multi-million estate after winning a legal battle, but they won’t have access to the money until they reach 45. The estate has been entrusted to their stepmom, Keiko Aoki. However, the children allege Keiko has been squandering the money on dubious things, such as funding the hip-hop dance duo Beni Girls, which performs at restaurants and during promotional events. According to the lawsuit, the gimmick is an “odd attempt to entertain guests.”

The fund is currently in a trust that holds the stock of Benihana of Tokyo, a company that owns Benihana franchises overseas and one in Hawaii.

A trustee’s betrayal of their task to act in the best interest of its beneficiaries is a legal liability. If you believe a trustee has failed to perform its fiduciary duty, our team of Chicago breach of fiduciary duty attorneys at Peck Bloom, LLC, is willing to assess your situation to see if it qualifies you to pursue financial restitution. Call us today at (855) 328-5787.


Six Peck Bloom, LLC Attorneys Named Illinois Super Lawyers

Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014    

Peck Bloom, LLC founding Partners Kerry R. Peck and Kenneth M. Bloom have been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list as two of the top attorneys in Illinois for 2015. Peck Bloom, LLC Partner Timothy J. Ritchey, Senior Associate Brandon E. Peck, Associates Jesse A. Footlik and Andy Lau have been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2015.

Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state receive this honor. This selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

Kerry 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. He is currently a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging. Kerry is chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section Council, he is a member of Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, and is a co-author of Alzheimer’s and the Law, which was published by the American Bar Association in August 2013.

Kenneth Bloom is a CPA and attorney; he practices in estate planning and administration, probate, asset protection, real estate, general corporate, and business transactional matters, with an emphasis on special needs trusts. Ken has received the highest rating of distinction by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Ken is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national network of attorneys with significant experience planning for disabled children and adults.

Timothy Ritchey focuses his practice in the areas of estate and guardianship administration, probate and trust litigation, fiduciary defense litigation, elder law, and estate planning and administration. Tim also serves as a Court-appointed Guardian ad Litem, assisting the Court to protect disabled and elderly persons. Tim spoke as an expert witness in front of the Illinois Senate in Springfield, IL about proposed changes to the Illinois Probate Act with regards to financial exploitation of the elderly and disabled; he drafted the bill which helps extend remedies for victims of financial exploitation and their families.

Brandon Peck concentrates in guardianship litigation and administration, trust, probate, and 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 currently serves as a director of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Brandon is a member of the Junior Board for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, serving as chair of Education and Advocacy. Brandon is also actively involved with both the Illinois State Bar and American Bar Associations Young Lawyers sections.

Jesse A. Footlik focuses his practice in the areas of trust, estate, and guardianship litigation and administration and elder law, with an emphasis on contested trusts and estates. Jesse has successfully litigated cases on both the trial and appellate court levels. Jesse is an active member in the Chicago Bar Association, where he serves as vice chair of the Probate Practice Rules and Forms Committee, and he also serves on the Chicago-Kent Alumni Council as a vice president.

Andy Lau counsels individuals and families, business owners and closely-held businesses. Andy’s practice includes estate and asset protection planning, business planning and structuring, special needs planning, estate and trust administration, probate and tax law in the areas of gift and estate taxation. Andy is member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Chinese American Bar Association of Chicago. He is active in the Chinese community in Chicago, volunteers his time at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Chicago, and is fluent in Cantonese.

The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers magazine, Chicago Magazine, and online at www.superlawyers.com. Peck Bloom, LLC’s attorneys are recognized in the categories of Estate & Trust Litigation and Estate Planning & Probate.


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    

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(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 www.chicagobar.org.


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 (www.peckbloom.com. “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 www.peckbloom.com


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 (www.peckbloom.com). “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 www.peckbloom.com


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.


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