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   3Kerry R. PeckNorthbrook(847) 509-1099kpeck@peckritchey.comkpeck@peckritchey.comPeck Ritchey LLCwww.peckritchey.comwww.peckritchey.compeckkerry.jpgElder LawTrust, Will & Estate Planning LawWill ContestsProbate AdministrationGuardianship Litigation
Kerry R.
Peck Ritchey LLC
707 Skokie Blvd #600
Northbrook IL 60062
Ph.(847) 509-1099 Fx.(312) 201-0803Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Elder Law    Will Contests
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law    Probate Administration
    Guardianship Litigation
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Kerry R. Peck is the managing partner of the Chicago law firm Peck Ritchey, LLC. His clients include families, hospitals, banks, the State of Illinois, County of Cook, and City of Chicago. Mr. Peck was retained by the City of Chicago Department of Aging to rewrite the State of Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, and co-authored the book Alzheimer’s and the Law, published by the American Bar Association. Mr. Peck has also written articles for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Chicago Bar Association Record, Illinois State Bar Journal, and various other Bar Association journals and newspapers. He frequently teaches attorneys and healthcare professionals across the country.

Mr. Peck has been repeatedly selected by his peers in statewide surveys of Illinois attorneys as a "Super Lawyer," an attorney to whom other attorneys would refer their family. He was also named a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. In 2014 Kerry Peck was honored with the Justice John Paul Stevens Award is the Chicago Bar Association’s highest honor. The Stevens Award recognizes lawyers and judges who have demonstrated outstanding character and commitment to community throughout their careers.

Mr. Peck has extensive experience in advising individuals and banks charged with the administration of estates and trusts, and guiding fiduciaries through the probate process, including appearing in court; assisting in the transfer of assets and resolution of claims; and the implementation of decedent’s estate plans. He vigorously represents all parties in will contests and contested guardianships, including minors and disabled adults. In addition, Mr. Peck assists families with planning for disabled children or other family members who are, or are likely to become, disabled and require special protection.

Bar Admissions:  

Law School:  Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Chicago Bar Association
  President, 1999-2000
  CBA Record Editorial Board
American Bar Association
  Senior Lawyers Division
  Task Force on Diminished Capacity
  Commission on Law and Aging
Illinois State Bar Association
  Elder Law Section Council
    Immediate Past Chair
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  Political Action Committee

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent®, 2019 <>Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2019
  • Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2003-present
  • Justice John Paul Stevens Award, Chicago Bar Association, 2014
  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law 125 Alumni of Distinction, 2013

Community Involvement:  
Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter
  Board of Directors
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's Elder Abuse Task Force
Special Needs Alliance

Published Legal Writing:  
Alzheimer’s, Now What?, North Shore Senior Center Newsletter

Financial Abuse by Profiteering Guardians Awaits Aging Boomers and Heirs, Juliette Fairley quoting Kerry Peck, Article published on

Life Ed: Protecting Wishes And Assets Of Alzheimer’s Patients, Maria Shriver quoting Kerry R. Peck, Article published on NBC NEWS

Will and Trust Contests: Attorneys and the Issue of Client Capacity, Article published in Bifocal, Journal of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging

Alzheimer’s and the Law: Counseling Clients with Dementia and Their Families, Published by the American Bar Association

Beyond Special Needs Trusts- Important Planning for the Family with Special Needs, Article published in Exceptional Parent Magazine

Help with End-of-Life Plans, Kerry R. Peck quoted in the Chicago Tribune Health Beat Section

Helping Parents Plan for Children with Special Needs, Article published in the Illinois Bar Journal

How to Set Up a Caregiving Agreement, Kerry R. Peck quoted in U.S. News & World Report

Litigating Disputed Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, and Charitable Bequests, Guardianship Litigation Chapter, 2009 IICLE Handbook, Published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Protecting a Friend’s Right to Inherit, Relatives Can be Paid to Look After the Elderly, Kerry R. Peck quoted in The Wall Street Journal

Reviving End-of-Life Decision Making - How the Schiavo Case Demonstrates the Importance of Advance Directives, Article published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Self Neglect and the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, Kerry R. Peck and Brandon E. Peck, Published by the Age Options Suburban Elder Justice Coalition

Uniform Adult Guardianship & Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, Article published in the Chicago Bar Association Record

Legal Lectures:  October 24, 2015: "Special Needs Planning," Chase Bank – Winnetka, IL

October 13, 2015: "A Legal and Medical Perspective Related to Alzheimer’s/Dementia," Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, Chicago, IL

April 23, 2015: "Elder Law and Fiduciary Litigation," ISBA Elder Law Bootcamp, Chicago, IL

April 22, 2015: "Powers of Attorney," CVLS/IDA Collaboration CLE Seminar, Chicago, IL

April 15, 2015: "Shall I Stay or Shall I Go? Lunch And Learn," North Shore Senior Center, Northfield, IL

January 8, 2015: "Probate Guardianship Litigation," The Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL

January 8, 2015: "Aging With Your Ducks in a Row," Glenview Senior Center, Glenview, IL

December 3, 2014: "Ethical Issues of Representing a Client with Diminished Capacity," Webinar November 6, 2014: "Litigation Skills for Guardianship and Probate," Hilton Lisle, Lisle, IL

September 17, 2014: "Legal Planning for Dementia: What Geriatric Care Managers Need to Know," The Vi at the Glen, Glenview, IL

August 21, 2014: "Guardianship Litigation Issues," Illinois Department on Aging 2014 Adult Protection and Advocacy Conference, Oakbrook, IL

June 26, 2014: "Dealing with Dementia" and "Mind is a Valuable Thing to Waste," The Kenwood of Lake View, Chicago, IL

June 13, 2014: "Lessons Learned from End of Life Disputes: The Terri Schiavo Issues," Highland Park Hospital, Highland Park, IL

June 3, 2014: "Aging with your Ducks in a Row," Doubletree by Hilton, Skokie, IL

May 21, 2014: "The Trial of Mary Todd Lincoln," Kane County Bar Association, Geneva, IL

April 24, 2014: "Guardianship Litigation Issues," ISBA, Chicago, IL

April 9, 2014: "Celebrity Sized Problems," The Clare, Chicago, IL

April 5, 2014: "Aging with Your Ducks in a Row" Caregiver Conference, Northbrook, IL

April 1, 2014: "Alzheimer’s, Dementia, & Brain Science," Illinois Institute for Continuing Education, Chicago, IL

March 14, 2014: "Alzheimer’s and the Practice of Law," ASA Aging in America Conference, San Diego, CA February 20, 2014: "Alzheimer’s and the Law," CBA Municipal Committee Meeting, Chicago, IL

February 20, 2014: "Where There’s a Will There’s a Way," Chicago-Kent College of Law, YAC CLE Seminar, Chicago, IL

January 29, 2014: "Fundamentals of Caregiver Agreements," ABA Webinar January 13, 2014: "Eldercare," Chicago Bar Association’s Trust Law Committee meeting, Chicago, IL

January 8, 2014: "Alzheimer’s and the Law," Providers Meeting, Greenview Place, Chicago, IL

December 4, 2013: "Legal and Medical Perspective Related to Dementia," the Seasons Glenview Place, Northbrook, IL

November 21, 2013: "Restoration in Guardianship Cases," IICLE Elder Law Short Course, Lisle, IL

November 14, 2013: "Probate Litigation," CBA Probate Practice Seminar Part I, Chicago, IL

November 12, 2013: "Aging with Your Ducks in a Row," Five Seasons Country Club, Northbrook, IL

November 7, 2013: "ETHICAL & LEGAL ISSUES OF AGING," B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield, IL

September 28, 2013: "Powers of Attorney," Chicago Fire Department, Family Day, Chicago, IL

August 22, 2013: "Late Life Decisions," Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL

August 2, 2013 "Legal Duties of Fiduciaries," Illinois Department on Aging Conference, Chicago Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, Oak Brook, IL

July 30, 2013: "Updates on Laws Concerning POAs, POLSTs and Guardianship," North Shore Senior Center, Northfield, IL

June 3, 2013: "Estate Planning," Illinois Attorney General’s Elderly Service Officer Training, Hoffman Estates, IL

May 22, 2013: "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous: Infamous Cases of Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation," Weinberg CJE, Deerfield, IL

May 21, 2013: "Contested Guardianships," IICLE, Chicago, IL

May 17, 2013: Restoration Panel: 2013 Colloquium on Guardianship, Chicago Marriot O’Hare Hotel, Chicago, IL

May 14, 2013: "Ethical Issues Related to End of Life," Trustmark, Lake Forest, IL

April 23, 2013: "Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct 1.14," INBLF meeting, Chicago, IL

April 17, 2013: "In Sickness and In Health," Arbor Ridge, Highland Park, IL

April 15, 2013: "Ethical and Legal Issues in End of Life Decision Making," Highland Park Hospital, IL

April 11, 2013: Ethics Panel at The University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL

April 10, 2013: "Dealing with Dementia," North Grove Manor, Morton Grove, IL

April 8, 2013: "Ethical and Legal Issues in End of Life Decision Making," Glenbrook Hosptial, Glenview, IL

March 14, 2013: "The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste," The Abington, Glenview, IL

March 12, 2013: "Establishing Elder Justice in the Cook County Court System," ASA Aging in America Conference, Chicago, IL

March 1, 2013: "Ethical Considerations in Representing Elderly Clients," CBA WBAI Joint Task Force on Aging, Chicago, IL

February 20, 2013: "The Trial of Mary Todd Lincoln," The Hallmark, Chicago, IL

January 16, 2013: "Protecting Your Family Jewels," Chicago, IL

December 9, 2012: "Estate Planning," Panel at North Shore Congregation Israel, Glencoe, IL

December 4, 2012: "Litigation Tactics to Overturn a Trust," NBI, Lisle, IL

November 29, 2012: "Washington DC Legislative Issues & Updates," Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Elder Law Short Course, Hilton Lisle, Lisle, IL

November 15, 2012: "Elder Abuse, Financial Exploitation, & Related Litigation," Probate Practice Committee Seminar, Chicago, IL

October 30, 2012: "Ethical Issues Related to Competency Cases," ACMA Conference, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL

October 23, 2012: "Hoarding," The Kenwood of Lakeview, Chicago, IL

October 10, 2012: "Guardianship for Disabled Adults," Arlington Heights, IL

October 4, 2012: "Guardianship Litigation," University of Chicago Gleacher Center, Chicago, IL

September 13, 2012: "Guardianship," Rosebud Restaurant, Chicago, IL

September 12, 2012: "Hoarding," Weiss Hospital Provider’s Meeting, Chicago, IL

August 27, 2012: "Celebrity Elder Abuse," TRIAD Conference at Harrah Casino, Joliet, IL

August 16, 2012: "Uncovering the Laws of Intestacy and How They Apply," "Litigating the Case in Probate Court," "Putting the Case to Rest: Closing the Estate," NBI Institute, Hilton Lisle, Lisle, IL

August 3, 2012: "Your Ethical Obligations When Representing Clients with Mental Impairments," ABA Annual Meeting, ABA Presidential CLE Centre, Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL

August 2, 2012: "Medical Psychological Problems of the Elderly with Alzheimer’s," ABA Senior Lawyers Division Seminar, Jenner & Block, Chicago, IL

July 26, 2012: "Self Neglect & Elder Abuse: When To Step In," UIC, Chicago, IL

July 25, 2012: "Ethical Issues for End of Life," Highland Park Hospital, Highland Park, IL

June 7, 2012: "When is Guardianship Appropriate?," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, UBS Tower & Conference Center, Chicago, IL

May 24, 2012: "Hoarding," University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL

April 19, 2012: "Modern Family," The Breakers, Chicago, IL

April 17, 2012: "Hoarding," Osteria Via Stato, Chicago, IL

April 5, 2012: "Celebrity Elder Abuse," Continuity of Care, The King Home, Evanston, IL

March 23, 2012: "Legislation Issues," Circuit Court of Cook County: The New Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division Elder Law Seminar, Thompson Center, Chicago, IL

March 14, 2012: "Trust Administration," Lorman University Center, Chicago, IL

March 9, 2012: "Legal Implications of an Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease," Alzheimer’s Association National Chapter, Washington, D.C. February 21, 2012: "Guardianship, POA, Financial Exploitation," United Food & Commercial Workers Unions & Employers, Park Ridge, IL

February 10, 2012: "Ethical Issues in Representing Clients with Cognitive Challenges," Chicago Bar Association Committee on Professional Responsibility, Chicago, IL

January 13, 2012: "Guardianship: How to Avoid Collateral Damage," Elk Grove Police and Social Workers, Elk Grove, IL

December 1, 2011: Uniform Guardianship Legislation for Illinois, IICLE Elder Law Short Course, Oak Brook, IL

November 16, 2011: "Representing a Client with Diminished Capacity," Chicago Bar Association Probate Practice Committee, Chicago, IL

October 27, 2011: "Ethical Issues in Competency Cases," Church Creek Sunrise Assisted Living, Arlington Heights, IL

October, 26, 2011: "When Hoarding Takes Over a Life," Harris Casino, Joliet, IL

October 13, 2011: "Celebrity Elder Abuse," Edwards Hospital, Naperville, IL

October, 4, 2011: "Ethical Considerations in Elder Law," ARDC, Eaglebrook Country Club, Geneva, IL

September 27, 2011: "Guardianship," Suddenly Senior Conference, Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, IL

September 20, 2011: "Powers of Attorney," Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL

September 8, 2011: "Celebrity Elder Abuse," Holley Court Terrace, Oak Park, IL

July 7, 2011: "Hoarding in Older Adults," Illinois Department on Aging 2011 Elder Rights Conference, Chicago, IL

June 27, 2011: "Ethical Considerations in Representation" and "The Probate Process from A-Z," NBI, Chicago, IL

June 23, 2011: "Legal Planning for Early Stage Dementia," Alzheimer’s Association, Beacon Hill, Lombard, IL

May 24, 2011: "Hoarding," Weber Place, Romeoville, IL

May 19, 2011: "Limited Guardianships & Single Purpose Conservatorships" and "Hot Topics and Winning Strategies," National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Elder Law & Special Needs Law Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV May 11, 2011: "Elder Abuse," Winchester House, Libertyville, IL

April 20, 2011: "Ethical Issues Related to End of Life," The Hallmark, Chicago, IL

April 14, 2011: "Ethical Considerations in Representation," Kane County Bar Association GAL Training Program, Eagle Brook Country Club, Geneva, IL

April 12, 2011: "Special Needs Planning," Malloy Education Center, Morton Grove, IL

April 10, 2011: "Special Needs Planning," Little City, Palatine, IL

April 7, 2011: "Ethical Considerations in Representation," Illinois State Bar Association’s Women & the Law Committee Series: Your Aging Clients, Their Parents & You, Chicago, IL

April 6, 2011: "Elder Law," Greatest Generation Speakers Bureau, Presbyterian Homes, Evanston, IL

April 6, 2011: "Hoarding," Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL

March 16, 2011: "Elder Exploitation," Northwest Continuity of Care Meeting, Abington in Glenview, Glenview, IL

March 3, 2011: "Construction, Reformation and Revocation," IICLE: Starting Points! Basic Concepts of Estate & Trust Litigation, Chicago, IL

February 24, 2011: "Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation," John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL

February 17, 2011: "Hoarding in Older Adults: A Clinical & Legal Perspective," The Clare, Chicago, IL

February 15, 2011: "Hoarding in Older Adults: A Clinical & Legal Perspective," The Clare, Chicago, IL

December 5, 2010: "Elder Law," Legal Forum Radio (750 AM) November 17, 2010: "Contested Guardianship Litigation," CBA Probate Practice Committee Seminar Part II, Chicago, IL

November 15, 2010: "HIPAA and Emergency Guardianships," IICLE, Lisle, IL

November 15, 2010: "Changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct and It’s Impact on Clients Who Have to be Declared Incompetent and Those with Cognitive Impairment," IICLE, Lisle, IL

November 11, 2010: "Estate Planning & Financial Exploitation," AgingInfo Radio October 29, 2010: "Guardianship and Alternative Decision Makers," Claymore Securities, Lisle, IL

October 25, 2010: "Legal Issues Affecting Seniors," North Shore Senior Center, Morton Grove, IL

October 19, 2010: "Elder Law," Illinois Federation of Teachers, Westmont, IL

October 16, 2010: "I Didn’t Know That Legal Show," WIND AM 560 October 14, 2010: "Guardianship," Glenview State Bank, Glenview, IL

October 14, 2010: "In Sickness & In Health: Estate Planning for Families Dealing with Diagnosis," Gilda’s Club, Chicago, IL

October 8, 2010: "Alzheimer’s and the Law: A Multidisciplinary Approach," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL

September 10, 2010: "Alzheimer’s and the Law: A Multidisciplinary Approach," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL

August 27, 2010: "Alzheimer’s and the Law: A Multidisciplinary Approach," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL

August 12, 2010: Elder Abuse Panel, The Elder Counsel, Hilton Chicago, IL

July 22, 2010: "Ethical Issues Related to End of Life," Prentice Women’s Hospital – Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

July 20, 2010: "Elder Abuse," Senior Suites of Central Station, Chicago, IL

June 22, 2010: "Important Elder Law Basics," Schaumburg, IL

May 12, 2010: "Restoration Hearings," NAELA Annual Meeting in Disney World, FL April 29 2010: "Don’t be the Victim: Legal Intervention for Financial Exploitation, Choices in Long-Term Care," Sedgebrook Retirement Community, Lincolnshire, IL

April 26, 2010: "Probate Litigation and Ethics," NBI, Oak Brook, IL

April 21, 2010: "Sex for Signatures: Financial Exploitation of the Elderly," Arlington Rehabilitation & Living Center, Long Grove, IL

April 7, 2010: Practical Issues in Administering Powers of Attorney, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

March 9, 2010: "Planning for Special Needs Children," Molloy Education Center, Morton Grove, IL

February 26, 2010: "POA’s and Guardianship," Holley Court Terrace, Oak Park, IL

January 15, 2010: Washington DC Elder Law Reform, LSN, Hinsdale, IL

December 3 and 4, 2009: "Trial Practice on Guardianship," IICLE: 5th Annual Elder Law Short Course, Lisle, IL

November 20, 2009: "Guardianship Litigation," Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield, IL

November 13, 2009: "Guardianship Litigation," IICLE, Chicago, IL

October 27, 2009: "Meeting the New Challenges When Advising Elderly Clients," American Case Management Association, Rosemont, IL

September 11, 2009: "Getting Your Legal House in Order," The Chicago Lighthouse, Chicago, IL

August 25, 2009: "Wills, Trusts, & Powers of Attorney," Illinois Federation of Teachers, Westmont, IL

July 29, 2009: "Elder Abuse," Summer Institute on Aging, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

June 13, 2009: "Power of Attorney, Estate Planning & Guardianship," Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter Family Forum, Harper College, Palatine, IL

June 6, 2009: "Power of Attorney, Estate Planning & Guardianship," Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter Family Forum, North Central College, Naperville, IL

June 4, 2009: "Ethical Issues with Competency Cases," Ressurection Medical Center, Chicago, IL

June 3, 2009: "Financial Exploitation of Elderly Clients," Belmont Village, Buffalo Grove, IL

May 20, 2009: "Legislative Updates Affecting Older Adults," Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL

May 6 2009: "Guardianship," Bethany Terrace, Morton Grove, IL

April 30, 2009: "Legal Tips for Elder Care," Caregiver Senior Expo, Niles, IL

April, 16, 2009 : "Autonomy, Safety & Decisional Capacity," Alzheimer’s Association Certificate Program in Dementia Care, Heron Point Corporate Center, Lombard, IL

March 23,2009: "Ethical Issues in Healthcare," Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL

March 17, 2009: "Protecting Older Adults from Financial Exploitation," University of Illinois at Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL

March 11, 2009: "Health Care Decisions, End of Life Issues and Meeting Possible Long-Term Care Needs," St. Joseph Village of Chicago, Chicago, IL

April 21, 2009: "Power of Attorney," Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL

November 17, 2008: "Guardianship, Contested Guardianship and Litigation," St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, IL

October 28, 2008: "Legal Issues Relating to Dementia," American Case Management Association, Rosemont, IL

September 18, 2008: "Guardianship," Illinois Masonic, Chicago, IL

September 10, 2008: "Legal Issues Affecting Seniors and Their Rights," Mather Café, Chicago, IL

August 7, 2008: "Avoiding Legal Hassles," Mather Café, Chicago, IL

July 28, 2008: "Financial Exploitation- Avoiding Legal Hassles," Highland Park Senior Center, Highland Park, IL

April 30, 2008: "Current Trends in Elder Law," The Hallmark, Chicago, IL

April 18, 2008: "Powers of Attorney and Potential Abuse," Lake County Senior Coalition, IL

April 15, 2008: "Legal Issues Affecting Seniors," Lincolnwood Senior Center, Lincolnwood, IL

April 4, 2008: "Planning for Your Future: Legal Resources," Mather Pavillion, Orrington Hotel, Evanston, IL

March 18, 2008: "Legal Issues and Dementia," Niles Township Interagency Network, Niles, IL

March 12, 2008: "Estate Planning, Trusts, Medicare vs. Medicaid," Lake County Alzheimer’s Support Group, Lake County Health Department, Waukegan, IL

February 19, 2008: "Asset Protection," Deerfield Senior Center, Deerfield, IL

January 29, 2008: "Legal Issues Affecting Older Adults," The Methodist Home, Chicago, IL

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