Chicago Trust Construction, Interpretation, and Reformation Attorneys

The clear and well-defined construction of a trust will more than likely be critical to preventing the possibility of any disagreements between the trustor, trustee, and other beneficiaries later on. With that in mind, situations commonly arise between Chicago trustors and trustees which necessitate legal interpretation to clarify the exact terms of that trust. Under other circumstances, it may become necessary to alter or correct the language of a trust so that it more accurately represents the intentions of the trustor.

Don’t let confusion surrounding the logistics of a trust become a personal issue. Instead, hire an attorney so you can solve any trust problems in a professional and controlled way. If you need help with trust construction, interpretation, or reformation in the Chicago area, the knowledgeable probate attorneys at Peck Ritchey, LLC, may offer the legal counsel and representation you need. Contact us at (855) 328-5787 or by using the live chat feature on our website.

Why do I Need a Trust Construction, Interpretation, and Reformation Attorney?

Trusts allow assets, such as property, money, objects, and life insurance, to be given to a beneficiary. They can also lay out instructions for how assets should be held if a beneficiary is a minor. If you are trying to set up, interpret, or reform the conditions of a trust, it is important to retain legal counsel throughout the process in order to ensure it is done correctly. If a trust is set up incorrectly, the assets named in that trust likely will not end up with the correct people.

Additionally, language involving trusts and money can become complicated and can be interpreted in different ways. If there is a disagreement over what the intention of the trust was, an attorney should be brought in to interpret and decide on follow-up actions. That way, drama and disagreements over where assets should go can be decided by a licensed legal official in an objective way.

Why Choose Peck Ritchey, LLC to Handle My Case?

The attorneys here at Peck Ritchey, LLC are some of the best in the business. We are all passionate about helping people in the Chicago area get their affairs in order so that they can avoid long-term confusion. Each of our attorneys is very knowledgeable about their area of law. For example, Peter Coorlas, one of our senior associates, served in the Cook County State Attorney’s office for over 30 years. He has argued cases in front of the Supreme Court of Illinois and was named a Leading Lawyer in Elder Law and Trust, Will, and Estate Planning Law by Leading Lawyers Magazine. He even advises banks on the administration of trust.

Brandon E. Peck is a partner at Peck Ritchey, LLC who focuses on trust, estate, and guardianship litigation. He regularly advises fiduciaries responsible for estates and is the Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” for the last five years, or a lawyer that his peers would trust enough to refer their friends and family to them for legal advice. He regularly gives lectures on his areas of expertise, and constantly works to improve his craft. No matter who your attorney is, here at Peck Ritchey, LLC, you will always be in good hands.

The accomplishments and experiences of the attorneys at our firm speak for themselves, but testimonials from past clients also regularly refer to us as respectful, knowledgeable, and professional litigators who serve as great comfort for our clients. They say we are patient and are willing to explain every step of the process in great detail if that’s what our clients are asking of us. We pride ourselves on being kind and easy to work with, and that’s exactly what you will get if you choose Peck Ritchey, LLC to help you with your trust.

How our Trust Construction, Interpretation, and Reformation Attorneys Can Help

There are three parties involved in a trust: the grantors or settlors are the people who set up the trust, the trustees are the people managing the trust, and the beneficiaries are the ones who receive assets because of the trust. Trusts have several benefits, one of which is that you can avoid probate, or the legal process by which people divide your property after your death. Probate can be a long, costly, and public process, so avoiding it can be very beneficial to your family. Trusts help you avoid probate because the trustees, not a court or yourself, are responsible for distributing the assets contained in the trust.

If you are planning to set up, interpret, or change the language of your trust, you should have an attorney help you through the process. If you don’t, issues can come up further down the line, and the distribution of your assets might not play out exactly how you would like. Save yourself and your family future stress, and set your trust up correctly from the get-go by having an attorney read through the language. If there are issues interpreting the terms of a trust that was set up previously, an attorney can bring an objective opinion into the mix, and we promise to do our best to interpret the trust in the way that your loved one intended.

Whatever the exact circumstances of your situation, our Chicago legal team will diligently investigate and analyze the particulars of your trust agreement and, thereafter, clearly explain to you the legal implications of any of the following issues:

  • The exact language of your trust
  • A specific interpretation of your trust
  • A proposed alteration of your trust

Our Chicago team is committed to protecting the rights and interests of trustors and trustees alike, and we have the experience and capability to do just that.

Consult with a Chicago Trust Attorney

At Peck Ritchey, LLC, our Chicago attorneys are prepared to assist you with any matter related to a trust construction, interpretation, and reformation in the Chicago area. Don’t put it off, get your trust set up now so you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that all of your affairs are in order. To discuss the particulars of your circumstances with one of our Chicago probate lawyers, please call our offices at (855) 328-5787 today.

Testimonials

When my Mom passed, I discovered that a family member had changed Mom’s will after she had dementia so I reached out to several law firms to find out what my obligations were as a Co-Trustee. They all felt that I was responsible to the other beneficiaries to investigate, but they also told me that “Undue Influence” was almost impossible to prove and I would most likely spend more in legal fees than I could gain back for the Trust.

Fortunately, my final phone call was to Tim Ritchey. Tim was interested in a preliminary review of documents and evidence before making any determination on my likelihood of success. From that point on, he laid out our strategy in steps that gradually recovered more important facts, and showed opposing counsel that we were serious. At each step along the way, Tim evaluated the decision to move forward based on the likely financial outcome, always advising me not to spend more in legal fees than I was likely to gain back.

For almost two years, I worked closely with Tim Ritchey and Kyle Fahey. They are both extremely smart, focused, tough, creative thinkers. I never once felt like my attorneys were trying to bill extra hours; they worked efficiently and remain focused on preparing us to win at trial- never sidetracked with unnecessary discovery battles that would not contribute to our success.

Kyle and Tim presented such a compelling case and clearly had no fear of taking it to trial, that the opposing counsel caved on the day of trial. With his outstanding negotiating skills, Tim was able to balance just the right amount of pressure, patience, and professionalism to give us a substantial advantage at the settlement table. In addition to the huge settlement we won, I am so grateful to Kyle and Tim for their thoughtful, compassionate and dedicated approach to such a sad family conflict.

–S.W.

We were extremely impressed with Peck Ritchey’s representation of us in complex litigation involving contested deeds, powers of attorney, and hundreds of acres of family farmland. Kerry Peck and Jesse Footlik were steadfast in their commitment to winning our case, which ultimately resulted in a tremendous settlement for us. Although our case was located in “downstate” Illinois, Kerry and Jesse’s timely and thorough communication made us feel like their office was right next door. We could not be more pleased with their services and the outcome of our case.

–K.S and K.S., Edgar County, IL

I was referred to Peck Ritchey by a former judge after he heard the problems I was having in my case with my first attorney. Kerry Peck and Tim Ritchey are experienced and professional litigators who helped turn my case around for me. I wish I would have gone to them first. They helped me in a contested will and trust matter and were exceptional. I would recommend them highly for any estate, will, or trust matter!

–J.F., Chicago

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Kerry Peck and Jesse Footlik for the professional and courteous manner in which Peck Richtey have assisted us during the past couple years. You will never know how much it meant to us.

–Kathy S from Champaign

If you want a great experience with your estate planning needs, then you owe it to yourself to visit with Ron Webb at Peck Ritchey.

He explained all the intricacies of optimizing our estate planning needs in a knowledgeable and very friendly manner. It was truly a pleasure working with him and the staff at Peck Ritchey. We highly recommend their services.

–Larry and Judy F., Crystal Lake, IL

Kerry Peck and Jesse Footlik represented me in an extremely complex and litigious trust dispute involving numerous parties. After several years of litigation, the case was settled with a very successful outcome.

Kerry and his team of diligent attorneys help develop creative and detailed strategies that proved to be an excellent solution and produced the results I was hoping to achieve. During the duration of the lawsuit, communication with the attorneys was timely and thorough. Their passion and attention to detail was genuine and unwavering during the entire ordeal. I was very fortunate to have the Peck Ritchey team for representation and it was a great experience working with them. Knowing that the stakes were extremely high in the trust dispute Peck Ritchey, LLC was the right firm to handle a litigious case of this magnitude.

–Harvey C, Chicago

Thank you so much for all of your work and time you spent in facilitating the purchase of our first home. I know we provided you with a short deadline and we appreciate both of you making it happen. The Escrow Officer commented on how seamless everything was for our close. We are extremely grateful for all of your effort. Thank you again!

–Steve T and Anna C

Very professional handling of my mother’s estate. Ron was there every step of the way and so were his paralegals I might add – from coming to Rush University when my mom was too sick to come to the office, and taking my phone calls, and always answering my questions, I can’t thank him enough! I am truly grateful for the wonderful experience with Peck Ritchey especially since it is already stressful enough when a loved one is ill. Thank you so much! We will be using your firm for our own estate planning in the very near future, I would definitely recommend Peck Ritchey.

–Brenda S., Crystal Lake, IL

Peck Ritchey was there with great advice when my family most needed it the most. They got my daughter’s guardianship done on time, and referred us to an expert social worker so we could get her cases through the complicated government systems. The social worker found that the trust put together by others were not in order. Peck Ritchey made new trust documents or amended existing trusts as needed and improved other existing documents. What I appreciate most is they explained it in plain English so I could understand what had to be and what has been done. I am grateful for everything they did and how they did it!

–Victor O., Chicago, IL
Accolades to Peck Ritchey (in particular, Ron Webb), for handling our estate issues professionally and expediently. We connected after attending a very informative presentation on estate planning, offered to retired educators. Everything was explained thoroughly, encouraging us to seek Ron Webb’s assistance and expertise. Thank you for a valuable experience and for giving us peace of mind for the future.
–Myrna B., Palos Heights, IL

I was Legal Guardian and Executor for mother who had passed away 12 years ago. There were two wills. One my mom wrote and another an aunt forced her to change while she had dementia. My former attorney advised me to pay the surety bond for all these years. He lost the original will and the file and closed down his office. My brother who was on SSI was still living in my mother’s apartment, and the estate was left to my mother’s four children. One sister wanted us to buy her out. She was impossible. Peck Ritchey worked with sister’s attorney, helped my brother and closed the estate with all its complications in a few months. We were all concerned that this would turn into a legal mess but they were true professionals, kind, caring and answered all our questions. This the law firm you want on your side. I highly recommend them regarding estates, legal guardianships and drawing up wills.

–Ellie W., Chicago, IL

Peck Ritchey both represents us defending our funding decisions, but also represents the best in leadership and support for issues that can change the quality of life of older persons. We are grateful that we are represented by a group of thoughtful and skilled experts on the law, and great colleagues in making the law work for our older clientele.

–Jon L., Oak Park, IL

My family is so grateful for the positive outcome in my mother’s guardianship trial that had divided our family. Tim Ritchey and the Peck Ritchey team were very professional and thorough in stepping up in an emergency situation and preparing for trial. Peck Ritchey provided us with the peace of mind that my mother will be cared for throughout the rest of her life.

–Kevin G. Chicago, IL

Thank you so much for your consistent attention to our case this past year. We were fairly small potatoes, yet you actually ‘got back’ and stayed on it. There were times when the government seemed to drop the ball more than my little league outfield, but my attorney was there. I realize that you actually went beyond the scope; I truly do appreciate your work.

–Kirt G., Chicago, IL

Peck Ritchey did an excellent job of resolving a very difficult estate matter.

–Scott S., Barrington Hills, IL

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