Kerry R. Peck

Top rated Estate & Trust Litigation attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Peck Ritchey, LLC
Kerry R. Peck
Peck Ritchey, LLC

Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1978

Education: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023
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Peck Ritchey, LLC

321 S Plymouth Ct
6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604 Visit website


As a managing partner at Peck Ritchey, LLC, Kerry R. Peck represents clients in Chicago, Illinois, in legal issues related to will contests, trust litigation, probate litigation, probate administration, estate planning, elder law, guardianship litigation, expert witness testimony and Alzheimer’s disease planning. In 2014, Mr. Peck was given the John Paul Stevens Award, the highest honor The Chicago Bar Association gives, and he has represented banks, hospitals, families, Cook County, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago. Mr. Peck has been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as chair of the recently created Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Elder Justice.

After obtaining a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Mr. Peck began practicing law in 1978; he is admitted to practice in Illinois and Florida. A talented author, he was involved in the process of rewriting the Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act and has been published by the Chicago Bar Association Record, the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Journal and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Mr. Peck is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, the chair of the political action committee of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is immediate past chair of the Illinois State Bar Association, where he is currently a member of the Elder Law Section council. A former member of the board of directors for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter, he was also president of The Chicago Bar Association and is currently on the senior lawyer division task force on diminished capacity for the American Bar Association.

A frequent lecturer and teacher for health care professionals and attorneys around the country, Mr. Peck appears regularly in the news. He has been featured by NBC News, Justice and Law Weekly, and the International Elder Law and Policy Conference.

Practice areas

Estate & Trust Litigation, Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Will Contests, Wills

  • 60% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20% Elder Law
  • 20% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 1978, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

  • Named a member of the Leading Lawyers Network
  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law as one of their 125 Alumni of Distinction. , 125 Alumni of Distinction, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Super Lawyer
  • The Justice John Paul Stevens Award is given by the The Chicago Bar Foundation and The Chicago Bar Association, honors Justice Stevens, a Chicago native, for his lifetime effort to improve the system of justice and his active participation and dedication to the CBA. This annual award is presented to attorneys who best exemplify the Justice’s commitment to integrity and public service in the practice of law., Justice John Paul Stevens Award, 2014
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's Elder Abuse Task Force Chair
  • Special Needs Alliance
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Political Action Committee, Chair
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Elder Law Section Council, Immediate Past Chair
  • American Bar Association, Commission on Law and Aging
  • American Bar Association, Senior Lawyers Division, Task Force on Diminished Capacity
  • Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, Board of Directors
  • Chicago Bar Association, CBA Record Editorial Board
  • Appointed as the Liaison from the Division of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, 2015
  • Chicago Bar Association, President, 1999-2000
  • Florida
  • Illinois
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Helping Parents Plan for Children with Special Needs, Article published in the Illinois Bar Journal
  • Uniform Adult Guardianship & Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, Article published in the Chicago Bar Association Record
  • 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
  • Reviving End-of-Life Decision Making – How the Schiavo Case Demonstrates the Importance of Advance Directives
, Article published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • 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
  • Litigating Disputed Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, and Charitable Bequests, Guardianship Litigation Chapter, 2009 IICLE Handbook, Published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • How to Set Up a Caregiving Agreement, Kerry R. Peck quoted in U.S. News & World Report
  • This book is designed to be used by the reader as a reference guide to finding quality legal advice to overcome some very common legal obstacles raised by a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease., Co-Author, Don't Let Dementia Steal Everything, American Bar Association, 2018
  • Help with End-of-Life Plans, Kerry R. Peck quoted in the Chicago Tribune Health Beat Section
  • Beyond Special Needs Trusts- Important Planning for the Family with Special Needs, Article published in Exceptional Parent Magazine
  • Alzheimer’s and the Law: Counseling Clients with Dementia and Their Families, Published by the American Bar Association
  • Will and Trust Contests: Attorneys and the Issue of Client Capacity, Article published in Bifocal, Journal of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging
  • Life Ed: Protecting Wishes And Assets Of Alzheimer’s Patients, Maria Shriver quoting Kerry R. Peck, Article published on NBC NEWS
  • Financial Abuse by Profiteering Guardians Awaits Aging Boomers and Heirs, Juliette Fairley quoting Kerry Peck, Article published on
  • Alzheimer’s, Now What?, North Shore Senior Center Newsletter
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Guardian Ad Litem in the Circuit Court by the Probate Division, Chancery Division and County Division.  
Industry Groups:
  • ABA
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • CBA
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Parkinson's Foundation

Office location for Kerry R. Peck

321 S Plymouth Ct
6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: 312-201-0900


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

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