Ron Webb Speaking at CBA Seminar on Changes in the LBGT Community

Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2015    

Chicago, IL – Ron Webb, senior associate of the Chicago estate planning firm Peck Bloom, LLC, will be on a panel discussing the recent modifications to Illinois law which impact the LGBT community in terms of real estate, public housing, marriage, adoption, employment, and estate planning at The Chicago Bar Association (CBA) on March 6, 2015.

The Continuing Legal Education seminar (2.75 Il MCLE Credit) will highlight changes to the law, the impact of these changes to the community, and how we can continue to make more change to benefit the LGBT community. Taking place Friday, March 6, 2015 at the CBA, 321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL., the “Changes in the LBGT Community: Live, Life & Love – Part 1″ panel will run from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

“It’s important to fully understand the new benefits same-sex partners now have with regards to estate planning and other benefits under the law,” said Ron Webb ( “In this seminar I will be discussing the rights gained by marriage under various areas of Illinois law related to retirement benefits, asset protection, incapacity and probate.”

Ron 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.

The Battle Over Control of Ernie Banks’ Estate

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015    

Peck Bloom, LLC Managing Partner Kerry R. Peck recently appeared on FOX 32 News regarding the hotly contested Ernie Banks will contest case.

The Chicago Cubs’ most valuable player’s family is feuding with his “trusted confidant,” a 56-year old lounge singer, Regina Rice, who inherits his entire estate. According to Court records, Ernie Banks signed estate planning documents in October 2014 and died in January 2015.

“As the case moves forward it will be interesting to see if Mr. Cub had the mental capacity to sign his will and trust, or if he was unduly influenced,” said Peck.

Ernie Banks’ children and his estranged fourth wife live in California. Probate court records from Jan. 28 indicate Bank’s estranged wife, Liz Banks, was originally awarded control over the estate, claiming Banks had died without a will.  Shortly thereafter, Rice filed a petition disclosing the existence of a will.

Will contests and estate battles don’t only happen to celebrities. Anyone who doesn’t do their due diligence in properly executing their estate planning documents (will, trust, powers of attorney, etc.) and informing their family could face a similar situation in probate court. To learn more about how to protect your assets and ensure your wishes are met contact one of Peck Bloom, LLC’s estate planning attorneys at 312-201-0900.

Kerry Peck concentrates his practice in Trust and Estate Litigation, Estate Planning, Administration, Guardianship and Fiduciary Litigation, and Special Needs and Alzheimer’s Disease Planning. Peck is a past President of the 22,000-lawyer Chicago Bar Association. He 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.

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Ernie Banks family to contest the late baseball player’s will

Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015    

The family of late American baseball icon Ernie Banks said they will contest a signed will that gives control of his entire assets to his caretaker, Regina Rice, CNN reported on February 17.

Banks’ family said Rice manipulated the baseball legend to sign a power of attorney, a health care derivative, and a will that grants Rice total control of his assets. On the other hand, a statement issued by Rice said the renowned baseball player made her promise to carry out all his wishes, which she said she is determined to do.

Ernie Banks died due to a heart attack at age 83. Doctors said dementia played a major role in his death.

At Peck Bloom, LLC, we protect the financial security and quality of life of families dealing with contested wills, and are also ready to help seniors plan for their long-term care and estate decisions. To learn more about how we can be of help, call our Chicago office at (855) 328-5787 today.

The pervasiveness of Alzheimer’s disease in America

Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015    

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is considered the 6th leading cause of death in the country. In fact, the agency said the disease kills more people than prostate and breast cancer combined. 5 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s disease, which means an individual develops the disease every 67 seconds.

Women over 60 years of age are considered at highest risk of this disease. In fact, two-thirds of Alzheimer’s disease patients are women, and the likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s among women is twice as high as breast cancer.

The prevalence of Alzheimer’s in the country necessitates that everyone is prepared for this disease. If your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, our elder law attorneys at Peck Bloom, LLC, know how important it is to secure the financial welfare of your loved ones and can discuss any legal issues surrounding the creation of a will, administration of an estate, and other subjects. Call us at (855) 328-5787 to get legal help today.

Peck Bloom, LLC to Sponsor Geriatric Care Manager Conference

Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2015    

Peck Bloom, LLC is sponsoring the Midwest Chapter of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) annual conference at the bronze level.

The Conference, “The Aging Well Tapestry…Weaving the Care Together”, will be held on October 23-24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Healthcare professionals delivering care to seniors and individuals with disabilities from thirteen states and Ontario will be in attendance.

The NAPGCM is an association of private practitioners whose purpose is the development, advancement, and promotion of humane and dignified social, psychological, and health care for the elderly and their families.

As a Chicago elder law firm, Peck Bloom, LLC supports education and advocacy in the field of aging. Both our Chicago estate planning lawyers and our Chicago probate litigation attorneys frequently speak at continuing education programs addressing the medical community and attorneys, and often contacted by news media as resources for commentary on issues effecting older adults and families.

Judge orders Ariel Winter’s accounting be examined on her behalf

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015    

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has ordered a court-appointed attorney to examine Ariel Winter’s fiscal rundown of assets before accepting the accounting her father and his lawyers have made, reported on January 20.

The finances of 16-year-old “Modern Family” actress, who’s been under her sister’s permanent guardianship since May, are managed by her father until she reaches adulthood. Judge Daniel Murphy requested that a review of accounting should be made for Winter by a court-appointed lawyer, who is expected to report back in the next court hearing scheduled February 27.

Winter has been the subject of a custody battle between her sister and her mother, who has been accused of emotionally abusing her.

Accounting is just one of the many legal requirements necessary to fulfill guardianship duties. If you need help with guardianship administration in Chicago, consult with our team of attorneys at Peck Bloom, LLC, by calling us at (855) 328-5787 today.

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s daughter dies, left unclaimed

Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015    

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband and conservator Frederic Prinz von Anhalt looks into the possibility of arranging the funeral of Zsa Zsa’s only daughter, Francesca Hilton, who recently died of a stroke or heart attack, according to a report by the Mail Online on January 8.

As Gabor’s court-appointed conservator, von Anhalt wants to know if he has the legal standing to take care of Hilton’s funeral and estate. Things had been very rough between Hilton and her stepfather von Anhalt. In 2012, Hilton requested for an independent conservatorship over her ailing mother. The court agreed but appointed von Anhalt as the temporary conservator of Gabor’s fortune.

Hilton, who died at 67 at a restaurant in West Hollywood, is Gabor’s daughter to multimillionaire hotel tycoon Conrad Hilton. Her body remained unclaimed in a Los Angeles hospital morgue.

At Peck Bloom, LLC, we are prepared to assist Chicago residents in a wide range of estate, probate, trust, and guardianship matters. Call us at (855) 328-5787 to get legal help today.

Judge to rule on Jean Kasem’s legal fees Jan. 8

Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014    

A judge has yet to decide whether Casey Kasem’s widow, Jean Kasem, has the legal standing to object to the payment of attorney’s fees and other legal costs amounting to about $350,000 dollars in relation to a conservatorship battle over her late husband’s estate, according to an online report published in on December 15.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Clifford Klein allotted a court date of January 8 to decide on Jean Kasem’s objection to legal costs.  Among those seeking to be paid are Casey Kasem’s court-appointed legal counsel, Samuel Ingham, and the attorneys of his daughter Kerri Kasem, who was appointed as his temporary guardian when he was still alive.

Meanwhile, the trial date for Casey Kasem’s estate has not been set.  The estate of the late radio icon has been the subject of fierce legal battle between his widow and his children from his first wife, Kerri, Julie, and Mike.

Being involved in estate litigation would require the representation and guidance of experienced probate attorneys who know well how to fight for your rights during this trying time. The attorneys of Peck Bloom, LLC, might be of help. Call our Chicago office at (855) 328-5787 today.

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 Peck Bloom, LLC’s attorneys are recognized in the categories of Estate & Trust Litigation and Estate Planning & Probate.

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