Sting’s children won’t inherit bulk of his fortune

Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 5:44 pm    

Believing that his fortune will be a burden on his children, former Police front man Sting stated that his three daughters and three sons will not inherit much of his wealth, E! Online reported on June 23.

The singer, who is worth about $300 million, told his children that with all his commitments, he will not be leaving them with much money because he plans to spend most of it. Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, are supporters of several charitable institutions. He praised his children for their hard work ethic, suggesting that they prefer to earn money from their own merit rather than a grandiose inheritance.

Although there are a few who choose not to establish a trust fund, many people see it as a guaranteed way to ensure their children’s future. If you are planning your estate in Chicago, discuss your needs and desires for the future with a qualified estate lawyer at Peck Bloom, LLC. Call us today at  to discuss your situation.

Kerry Peck Has Article Published in Bifocal, Journal of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 at 2:42 pm    

Attorney Kerry Peck of Peck Bloom, LLC, recently had an article published in Bifocal, Journal of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging. His article, “Will and Trust Contests: Attorneys and the Issue of Client Capacity,” deals with issues related to client capacity and how to help clients avoid a contested will and when an attorney should question a client’s mental capacity. The article can be viewed online by clicking here

Kerry Peck Co-Authors Book on Alzheimer’s and the Law

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 at 3:48 pm    

Attorney Kerry Peck from Peck Bloom, LLC, was recently interviewed about a new book he co-authored, Alzheimer’s And The Law, Counseling Clients with Dementia and Their Families. To read the interview and learn more about this book, click here.

Casey Kasem’s daughter will make his health care decisions

Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 8:24 pm    

The conservatorship over the health care of T.V. and radio personality Casey Kasem was given to his daughter, Kerri Kasem, Reuters reported on June 6.

Kerri, a daughter of Casey from his first marriage, will now supervise the care being given to her ailing father. He was placed in critical condition for an infected bed sore, and he also suffers from Lewy body disease, a type of dementia which affects cognition. The decision was reached amid dispute between Casey’s children with his first wife, and his second wife, Jean Kasem.

In May, police found Casey Kasem at Jean Kasem’s house shortly after the children from his first marriage filed a missing persons report regarding Casey’s disappearance.

Deciding who will have the authority over someone’s health care and visitation rights is indeed a very important issue for family members and loved ones, and every lawyer at Peck Bloom, LLC understands the sensitive issues that surround this decision. If you are facing conservatorship matters in Chicago, consult with us by calling 855-328-5787 today.

Estate Planning for Dad

Posted on Sunday, June 15th, 2014 at 8:05 am    

Father’s Day is a perfect time to take a trip down memory lane, reflecting on good times spent with dad and showing your gratitude. Whether you plan to have a family get-together, go golfing, or send a greeting card in the mail, this Father’s Day take the time to think about his future.

One of the easiest ways to make sure your father’s future is safe and secure is to make certain that he has all of his documents organized. It might not be the most sentimental gesture, but checking to see if your father has his estate planning documents in order will pay off in the long run.

Has your father ever gotten around to updating the Will he had drafted 20 years ago? Do you know what his wishes are in case of emergency? Where does he keep his important documents should you need to get a hold of them in the future? Having the answers to these types of questions are essential for families to know.

Our goal as a Chicago elder law firm is to help facilitate planning for the entire family. Asking and answering questions about estate and end-of-life planning tend to be subjects that many people put off, but getting the conversation started is very important.

For example, many people don’t realize that if you die without a properly executed estate plan, your family may have to go to probate court which can cost thousands of dollars. And furthermore, if done incorrectly, you won’t have the ability to protect the money you leave your beneficiaries from their creditors.

With Father’s Day nearing close, talk to your father about his plans for the future and contact a Chicago estate planning attorney at Peck Bloom, LLC to discuss how to make sure your dad is protected.

Paul Walker’s daughter to live with mother and nanny

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 3:41 pm    

Paul Walker’s daughter will live with her biological mother and a nanny after a Los Angeles family court commissioner dismissed the guardianship case over the 15-year-old teen, the ABC News reported on May 28.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner David Cowan decided to drop the guardianship case for Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Walker, after the legal counsel he assigned for Meadow proved that no further court oversight for the teenager’s care was necessary. Amy Nieman, the attorney representing Meadow, told the court that an adequate plan had been set up for the care of the teenager.

Cheryl Walker, Paul Walker’s mother, had previously claimed guardianship over her granddaughter, but later decided to drop the case due to her granddaughter’s wishes. Meadow’s mother, Rebecca Solteros, is currently sober and receiving treatment for alcoholism.

Family issues like this can best be handled by attorneys adept in legal matters involving child custody and guardianship. If you are involved in a situation like this in Chicago, speak with an attorney at Peck Bloom, LLC to get the legal representation you need. Call us at (855) 328-5787 today.

May is National Elder Law Month

Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 10:39 pm    

May is National Elder Law Month, which is dedicated to educating the community about the skills elder law firms provide, and to help make seniors and their families aware that they have an advocate for their needs.

Elder Law attorneys dedicate their practice to help families understand and navigate the number of issues that arise related to aging. At Peck Bloom, LLC we have assembled an array of elder law attorneys in Chicago who concentrate in many different areas, allowing our firm to offer services that address the entire elder care spectrum.

Finding the right elder law attorney starts with an assessment of your needs. If you need help with estate planning, our firm has strong estate planning experience. If your rights have been violated, our litigation lawyers will go to court and fight for you and your loved ones.

Every one of Peck Bloom, LLC’s Chicago elder law lawyers cares about seniors, their unique needs, and their individual situations. We understand that you’ll be sharing very personal information with us, and we are committed to helping you in situations that may require tough decisions. Our attorneys will be there every step of the way, listening to your concerns, evaluating your needs, and recommending the best options to give you peace of mind.

If you or your loved one is thinking about discussing and planning for future needs, please contact our office at (312) 201-0900 for a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Petition to end guardianship battle over Paul Walker’s daughter rejected

Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 4:31 pm    

A petition by Paul Walker’s mother to abandon her guardianship bid over the actor’s daughter was thwarted by a judge, an online report stated.

Last March, Cheryl Walker filed documents seeking guardianship over the actor’s 15-year-old daughter, claiming that mother Rebecca Soteros would be a harmful guardian due to her struggle with alcoholism. However, an out-of-court settlement between Walker and Soteros last month led the grandmother to drop her guardianship claim.

The attempt to cancel the guardianship case was rejected by Commissioner David Cowan, who said it is the court’s discretion whether or not the case will be dropped. Cowan has ordered an investigation regarding the guardianship, the results of which will be discussed in a hearing on Wednesday, May 28. An attorney has been assigned by Cowan to represent Paul Walker’s daughter in the case.

If you are facing a guardianship issue in Chicago, an attorney at Peck Bloom, LLC may be able to help you secure your interests through this intricate legal process. Call us at (855) 328-5787 to discuss your situation today.

Ariel Winter guardianship dispute now resolved

Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 7:52 pm    

A guardianship dispute regarding Modern Family actress Ariel Winter was concluded Monday, May 5, the BBC reported.

Ariel Winter will continue to stay with her elder sister, Shanelle Gray, while her father, Glenn Workman, will continue to be in charge of her finances. The decision was reached after her mother decided to drop her objections to the guardianship dispute if her daughter could watch a video of family photos shortly before the start of the trial over the actress’s guardianship.

Since 2012, Shanelle Gray has held custody of her sister following accusations that the actress’s mother, Chrisoula Workman, physically and emotionally abused her.

If you are involved in a guardianship dispute in Chicago, an attorney from Peck Bloom, LLC, might be able to provide you with the guidance and representation you need. Call us at (855) 328-5787 to learn more about what we can do to help you.

A Will Attorney In Chicago Explains The Difference Between A Living Will And Medical Power Of Attorney

Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 3:41 pm    

Estate Planning LawyerIf you’ve entered into the estate planning process, you know there are a lot of things that you need to consider. You’ll need a will, but if you think that this is the only document you need to protect your loved ones, you’re incorrect. When you’re planning your estate, make sure to include a living will, as well as a medical power of attorney. However, do you understand the legal implications of each? Take a few minutes to review this explanation from a will attorney in Chicago.

Living Will

A living will is a legal document that spells out exactly what you want to happen in case you’re unable to make medical decisions for yourself. Your attorney should go through a number of ‘what if’ scenarios that could happen, such as:

  • Nutrition. Do you want nutrition or hydration provided if you’re unable to eat or drink on your own?
  • Breathing assistance. If you’re unable to breathe for yourself, do you want a machine to do the breathing for you?
  • Dialysis. If your kidneys shut down, do you want dialysis performed to remove waste?
  • Resuscitation. If your heart stops beating, do you want to have it restarted using CPR or a defibrillator?

Living wills are sometimes also called advanced healthcare directives. Your lawyer will try to cover every possible scenario, but this isn’t always possible.

Medical Power Of Attorney

A medical power of attorney differs greatly from a living will. With a medical power of attorney, patients are actually signing over the decision making capabilities to a friend or family member. It’s important to talk your wishes over with whomever you give medical power of attorney, however. Although you would hope that this person follows your wishes, that doesn’t have to happen. The person appointed power of attorney has full authority to make all medical decisions, regardless of what you want to happen.

What About A Do Not Resuscitate Order?

If you’re in the hospital, you may be asked to sign a paper stating your wishes if your heart stops. This is commonly called a do not resuscitate order, but it’s different than a living will. You do not need to have a document drawn up by an attorney in order to have a DNR order on your hospital paperwork.

With the differences between a living will and a medical power of attorney, it’s important that both documents are a part of your estate planning process. Having these documents prepared by a lawyer is one of the kindest things you can do for your family.

If you’re interested in learning more about how a will attorney in Chicago from Peck Bloom, LLC, can help you with every step of the estate planning process, please us at (312) 201-0900 or contact us today.