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
I wanted to express my gratitude to you and your firm’s generosity for providing pro bono legal counsel for a client of mine. Brandon Peck and Kyle Fahey both provided excellent legal representation to an older client who did not have the financial resources for retaining private legal representation and could not obtain any pro bono legal representation from any agencies that support victims of domestic violence. Your firms generosity and willingness to assist a client in need is greatly appreciated. The outcome was what my client hope for and knowing that she will remain safe in her home was the best result. Thank you for the support and services your firm provided to the Adult Protective Service program at North Shore Senior Center.–Holly Lichtman, LCSWProgram Supervisor, Adult Protective Services
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
Peck Ritchey’s guidance in planning my affairs was practical and easy to understand. They drafted a plan for me that was complete and would grow with me as my future needs develop. I feel confident that our planning would handle any situation that could arise and that if an unforeseen event would occur, Peck Ritchey would be accessible to swiftly handle any additional work.–Mike T., Highland Park, IL
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
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