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.

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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  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.

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.


Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014    


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.

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