Joseph J. Van Aalst is an associate attorney at Peck Ritchey, LLC. In addition to representing individuals and families, Jon represents financial institutions, medical institutions, and various fiduciaries.

Joseph earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. During law school, Joseph was a member of the Herbert Wechsler National Moot Court Team in 2020 and 2021. He also served as the guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children as a student attorney in the University of Illinois Family Advocacy Clinic and earned distinctions in trial advocacy and advanced legal research. Prior to attending law school, Joseph earned a double Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy from Temple University.

Joseph’s practice areas include Trust and Probate Litigation, Guardianship Litigation and Administration, Estate Administration, Will Contests, Fiduciary Defense Litigation, and Elder Law. He is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association.

Peck Ritchey attorneys pride themselves on providing efficient, prompt & courteous service. Our firm is well-known for its aggressive advocacy, expert counseling & successful results.

At Peck Ritchey, you work directly with a highly professional legal team who uses their experience & creativity to provide innovative & successful solutions to meet your personal needs.


Practice Areas

  • Trust and Probate Litigation
  • Guardianship Litigation and Administration
  • Estate Administration
  • Fiduciary Defense Litigation
  • Elder Law
  • contested trusts and estates


Recognized by Best Lawyers 2023


  • University of Illinois College of Law - JD
  • Temple University BA – History & Philosophy

Bar Admission

  • Illinois

Professional Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association