Andrew Sachs Dies at 86

86-year-old Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs died following his battle with dementia, which lasted four years.

According to wife Melody Sachs, Sachs suffered from vascular dementia. He was first diagnosed in 2012 and spent eight months in a nursing home facility. After suffering from intense pneumonia, Sachs lost his capacity to speak, a common characteristic of people suffering from the disease. Mrs. Sachs said she had the best life with her husband and no one should feel sorry for her loss. Despite his long battle with dementia, Sachs remained positive until the end of his life. Friends of Sachs in the film industry describe him as a hilarious and extraordinary person. He started his acting career on BBC radio and later captured our hearts when he played Manuel in John Cleese’s comedy series Fawlty Towers.

We at Peck Ritchey, LLC expresses our sincerest condolences to the family of Andrew Sachs. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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The Basics of Elder Abuse

Millions of vulnerable seniors are victims of elder abuse every year. Abuse most often comes in the form of financial exploitation, physical or sexual abuse, active or passive neglect, confinement, isolation, or willful deprivation of medical care, food, water or physical assistance.

Oftentimes such cases are suffered through by individuals who have dementia or Alzheimer’s, or those who have a physical impairment that causes them to have a heavy dependence on others. These individuals can experience a sense of helplessness, but prevention programs to stop elder abuse are slowly becoming more common. The biggest step families can take to prevent elder abuse is to listen and stay educated about issues surrounding aging family members.

At Peck Ritchey, LLC, our Chicago elder abuse and neglect lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of Chicago’s elderly population and we will aggressively pursue action against those who exploit the elderly in Chicago. To discuss the particulars of your circumstances with one of our experienced attorneys, please call (855) 328-5787 today.

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Tips for Hiring an Attorney

Hiring an attorney can be an overwhelming experience, especially for those who have never retained legal counsel before. The outcome of this case will have the potential to impact your life for the foreseeable future, so it’s important that you do your research before you select an attorney. To help you with this process, the legal team at Peck Ritchey, LLC, has created a short guide to help you learn more about hiring the right attorney. You can click here to read the guide in its entirety.

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Understanding elder abuse and neglect

Aging individuals — especially those who have serious medical conditions — are susceptible to neglect and abuse at the hands of caregivers. Though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware that over 500,000 older adults face abuse or neglect every year, they believe that the crime is seriously unreported.

Family members might suspect that their elderly loved one is experiencing abuse if he or she has visible bodily injuries like wounds, bruises, lacerations and head injuries. Aside from physical injuries, the CDC notes that sexual, financial, and emotional abuse may go undetected, but can and do happen to nursing home residents. Neglect is more difficult to detect, and cases of neglect are often complicated depending on the person’s physical or mental state. Family members who believe that their elderly loved one is being abused or neglected should understand that they have the right to file a legal claim against negligent parties.

The lawyers at Peck Ritchey, LLC understand that many elderly people suffer serious injuries as a result of abuse and neglect. If you think this is happening to your loved one, we may be able to offer you the legal assistance you need to hold malicious caregivers accountable. Call our office at (855) 328-5787 to learn more about your legal options.

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Peck Ritchey, LLC, proud to be a sponsor of Judge’s Night 2016

Register for Judge’s Night 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016
The National Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
5:30pm – 8:30pm

The last three years were SOLD-OUT!!! And we expect the same this year!

Over 600 Federal Court, Illinois Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Court Judges of Cook, Lake, DuPage, and Will Counties are invited for an evening of fun and networking. This night is a great opportunity to meet the judiciary and mingle with your peers.  It’s a casual evening of “mezethes” (hors d’oeuvres), cocktails, and conversation. With the bouzouki music and the backdrop of the Chicago skyline, the Rooftop Terrace of the National Hellenic Museum will be the place to be on June 9th. Let’s hope the gods will be in our favor on that night and grant us good weather. Calamos Hall in the museum has also been reserved in case of inclement weather or we exceed the rooftop capacity.  So don’t get left out! Register TODAY!

Kerry Peck and Peter Coorlas, of Peck Ritchey, LLC, are proud to be Bronze Sponsors of Judge’s Night 2016.

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CEU Event this Thursday at Ronald McDonald House on Ethics – Questioning Capacity

This Thursday, April 28th, at 5:15 pm, Jesse Footlik, 2016 Super Lawyer from Peck Ritchey, LLC, will be speaking at a CEU Event at the Ronald McDonald House. The topic of his talk is “Ethics- Questioning Capacity: How do you determine if an individual is capable of making decisions?”

You can learn more about this event by clicking here.

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Elderly Americans victims of family financial abuse

There are currently three known cases of identity theft in Tazewell County, IL alone in which the accused stole thousands of dollars from their elderly parents.

Many older individuals trust their grown children to handle their finances responsibly and use their savings to pay for medical care and nursing home expenses. Unfortunately, responsible decisions are not always made. For example, 37-year-old Tina Roten used her mother’s Social Security information and name to open a credit card, on which she charged over $10,000. Her mother found out about the charges only after her credit tanked. In the other cases, family members have discovered financial abuse after their loved one’s bank accounts were drained to only a few dollars. If convicted, those accused could face up to 15 years in prison.

Sadly, older Americans are prime targets for identity theft, and far too frequently are victims of their own family members. If you or another member of your family has been a victim of elder financial abuse, contact the lawyers of Peck Ritchey, LLC, at (855) 328-5787 so we can help end the abuse.

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Kerry Peck to speak at Lincolnshire Police Department “Are You the Next Victim?” event

Attorney Kerry Peck of Peck Ritchey, LLC, is scheduled to speak at the Lincolnshire Police Department’s “Are You The Next Victim?” event on Thursday, April 14. This event is aimed at helping individuals protect themselves against identify theft, fraud, and scams. The event will be held at Eddie Merlot’s, 185 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in Lincolnshire from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (registration will begin at 11:00 am).

Individuals interested in attending this important event should RSVP by April 11th to Sergeant Kim Covelli at (847) 913-2345 or kcovelli@lincolnshireil.gov.

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Ron Webb to present to the Illinois Federation of Teachers on estate planning

Ron Webb is presenting to the Illinois Federation of Teachers on March 3, 2016 on Estate Planning. He will discuss wills, powers of attorney probate, how to avoid probate, joint tenancy, trusts, Illinois estate tax, and the IRA Inheritance Protection Trust.

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Nursing home blamed for failure to protect in lawsuit

According to a report by Cook County Record on February 5, Wilene Jones, a resident of Cook County, is accusing South Suburban Rehabilitation Center LLC and Central Street Management LLC of failing to protect her from abuse committed against her by her roommate. The lawsuit was apparently filed on February 3 in Cook County Circuit Court and accused the two companies of negligence under the Nursing Home Care Act.

Details from the lawsuit reveal that Jones was a patient at South Suburban Rehab from January 2014 until December 2015. She reportedly suffered a fractured left hip, left femur, and several other injuries after her roommate abused her while a resident at the facility. The care facility allegedly failed to protect her from the incidents.

Jones is seeking damages of $100,000 for pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, emotional trauma, and medical expenses, according to the report.

Elder abuse can take many forms, all of them reprehensible. If you believe that you or someone you love has been a victim of elder abuse, get help immediately by contacting the experienced attorneys of Peck Ritchey, LLC, by calling our Chicago offices today at (855) 328-5787.

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