Timothy J. Ritchey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Peck Ritchey, LLC
 | 105 West Adams Street, 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-201-0900
Fax: 312-201-0803
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (80%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%),
  • Elder Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Timothy J. Ritchey is a partner at Peck Ritchey, LLC, in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Ritchey assists clients throughout Cook, Dupage, Kane and Lake counties with their estate administration and estate planning needs. He has experience with all aspects of estate planning, including asset protection, family planning, guardianships, special needs trusts, trust administration, wills and more.

Mr. Ritchey regularly appears in probate court as court appointed counsel or in a guardian ad litem role and has also served as special assistant attorney general representing Illinois in matters involving health care and disability legal issues. He has been involved in many significant cases over the course of his career and in 2014 he testified before the Illinois Senate and authored legislation regarding an amendment to the Illinois Probate Act.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Ritchey has authored numerous articles on estate litigation and planning for publications, including the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division newsletter and LifeTimes. Because of his achievements, he has been named one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” in 2014 by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Mr. Ritchey holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and earned his law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is licensed to practice in all Illinois state courts and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Mr. Ritchey is a member of several professional organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also serves on the Chicago-Kent College of Law alumni board.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate & Trust Litigation (80%): Will Contests

Estate Planning & Probate (10%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Elder Law (10%)

Focus Areas

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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Super Lawyers: 2019 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018

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About Timothy Ritchey

Admitted: 2005, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.peckbloom.com/timothy-ritchey.html

Honors/Awards:

  • One of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer, 2014
  • One of the Best Professionals Under Forty, Suburban Life in the Western Suburbs
  • Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2012-2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Kane County Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association, Legislative Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association, Estate Planning Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association, Probate Practice Committee, Chair
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Center for Disability and Elder Law, Volunteer, Provides Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Board, Executive Board, Co-Vice President
  • Center for Disability and Elder Law, YP Board, Co-Vice President
  • Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General to represent State of Illinois in matters relating to mentally, physically and developmentally disabled persons
  • Guardian ad Litem and Court Appointed Counsel before the Probate Court
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Board, Executive Committee, Past Vice President
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Board, Young Alumni Council, Chair
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Board

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Guardianship, Powers of Attorney, and the Health Care Surrogate Act”, Skokie Hospital, Skokie, IL, March 17, 2010
  • “Avoiding Financial Exploitation”, Sedgebrook, Lincolnshire, IL, September 29, 2010
  • “Hoarding in Older Adults: A Clinical & Legal Perspective”, The Arlington Rehab, Long Grove, IL, April 7, 2011
  • “Financial Exploitation & Elder Abuse”, Skokie, IL, April 28, 2011
  • “Guardianship”, The Fairview Center, Downers Grove, IL, May 18, 2011
  • “A Legal Perspective on Guardianship & Competency Issues”, Lexington Health Care Center, Schaumburg, IL, June 16, 2011
  • “Ethical Considerations in End of Life Issues”, The Kenwood, Chicago, IL, September 8, 2011
  • “Hoarding”, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL, October 6, 2011
  • “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Ethical Issues with Competency Cases”, Highland Park Hospital, Highland Park, IL, December 7, 2011
  • “Hoarding”, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, January 31, 2012
  • “Hoarding”, Marianjoy Acute Rehab, Wheaton, IL, March 2, 2012
  • “Celebrity Elder Abuse”, The Breakers, Chicago, IL, March 8, 2012
  • “Family, Finances & Feuds”, Gardens of Bloomingdale, Bloomingdale, IL, March 21, 2012
  • “Dealing with Dementia”, Belmont Village, Buffalo Grove, IL, April 4, 2012
  • “Mediation”, The Kenwood of Lakeview, Chicago, IL, April 19, 2012
  • “Common Mistakes in Estate Planning: Avoiding Litigation & Navigating Litigation When it Happens”, Chicago Bar Association YLS Estate Planning Committee, Chicago, IL, May 2, 2012
  • “Celebrity Elder Abuse”, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, May 8, 2012
  • “Ethical Issues with Competency Cases”, The King Home, Evanston, IL, May 22, 2012
  • “Estate Planning and Asset Protection”, Institute of Real Estate Management, Chicago, IL, June 26, 2012
  • “Ethical Issues When Representing a Client with Diminished Capacity”, IICLE, Chicago, IL, June 29, 2012
  • “Elder Abuse”, Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL, August 14, 2012
  • “Guardianship Litigation”, Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois, October 17, 2012
  • “Celebrity Elder Abuse”, Park Place of Elmhurst, Elmhurst, IL, November 29, 2012
  • “Estate Planning Overview”, Senior Services Task Force meeting, Arlington Heights, IL, December 3, 2012
  • “Hoarding”, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, January 17, 2013
  • “Hoarding”, Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL, January 31, 2013
  • “Celebrity Sized Problems”, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, IL, February 8, 2013
  • “Estate Planning”, Active Adult Event, Carillon Club, Naperville, IL, February 23, 2013
  • “Estate Planning”, Seniors Real Estate Specialists meeting, Downers Grove, IL, March 13, 2013
  • “Advanced Directives and Powers of Attorney”, Cadence DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL, May 2, 2013
  • “Self Neglect & Elder Abuse: When to Step In”, The Breakers, Chicago, IL, May 21, 2013
  • “Affordable Care Act and Seniors”, Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, IL, September 12, 2013
  • “Ethical Decisions Related to End of Life”, Tinley Park, IL, September 18, 2013
  • “Estate Planning in Uncertain Times”, Nichols Library, Naperville, IL, September 19, 2013
  • “Elder Abuse – Applicable Law to Family, Finances and Feuds”, Elder Law Conference, ElderCounsel, Rosemont, IL, September 27, 2013
  • “Estate Planning”, Seniors Real Estate Specialists, Downers Grove, IL, October 24, 2013
  • “Claims Against the Estate”, ISBA Estate Administration Boot Camp, Chicago, IL, October 25, 2013
  • “Avoiding the Common Mistakes Made By Real Estate Planners”, CBA YLS Estate Planning Committee, Chicago, IL, December 3, 2013
  • “The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste”, Sunrise of Palos Park, Palos Park, IL, May 8, 2014
  • “Elder Law & Fiduciary Litigation: How to Prevent, Prosecute and Defend”, DuPage County Elder Law Committee, Wheaton, IL, May 21, 2014
  • “Estate Planning: Moving the Walnut Shells Around”, The Clubhouse, Oak Brook, IL, May 30, 2014
  • “Turning 18: Legal Planning for Individuals with Special Needs”, Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference, Springfield, IL, October 27, 2014
  • “Modification & Termination of a Guardian”, John Marshall Law School, November 2, 2014
  • “Estate Planning,” SRES Group. 6655 Main St #204, Downers Grove, IL 60516, March 31, 2015
  • “Elder Law,” Senior Resource Rally, 1114 N. Arlington Hts. Rd, Arlington Heights, IL, May 7, 2015
  • “Capacity to Sign Advanced Directives,” Edwards Hospital, 801 S. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540, May 14, 2015
  • “Turning 18: Legal Planning for Individuals with Special Needs”, Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference, Springfield, IL, October 27, 2014
  • “Modification & Termination of a Guardian”, John Marshall Law School, November 2, 2014
  • “Estate Planning,” SRES Group. 6655 Main St #204, Downers Grove, IL 60516, March 31, 2015
  • “Elder Law,” Senior Resource Rally, 1114 N. Arlington Hts. Rd, Arlington Heights, IL, May 7, 2015
  • “Capacity to Sign Advanced Directives,” Edwards Hospital, 801 S. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540, May 14, 2015
  • “Elder Law,” Senior Resource Rally, 6655 Main St., Downers Grove, IL, May 28, 2015
  • “Guardianship Bootcamp – Contested Guardianship Estates,” Illinois State Bar Association, 20 S Clark Street, #900, Chicago, IL, October 16, 2015
  • ““Estate Planning” for SRES Class,” North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors, Northbrook, IL, November 10, 2015
  • ““Estate Planning” for SRES Class,” Downers Grove for Mainstream Association, Downers Grove, IL, December 1, 2015
  • ““Applied Legal Ethics” for National Business Institute,” Naperville, IL, December 4, 2015
  • “Ethics-Competency,” Scottish Home, 2800 Des Plaines Avenue, North Riverside, IL, April 4, 2016
  • “Ethics-Questioning Capacity,” Edward Hospital, 801 S Washington Street, Naperville, IL, October 11, 2016
  • “Free Presentation: Hoarding and the Law,” Wyndemere Senior Living Campus, 200 Wyndemere Circle, Wheaton, IL 60187, March 2, 2017
  • Illinois Senate on an Amendment to the Illinois Probate Act regarding Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation, Wrote Legislation and Testified as an Expert, 2014
  • Tax Considerations When Selling Your Home, Blue Cross Blue Shield, LifeTimes, Oct 2004
  • Summary of 2005 Tax Law Changes, Blue Cross Blue Shield, LifeTimes, Jan 2005
  • RETIREES: How to Withdraw 6% a Year from Your Investments and Not Go Broke, Blue Cross Blue Shield, LifeTimes, Mar 2005
  • Viatical and Life Settlements, Blue Cross Blue Shield, LifeTimes, Jul 2005
  • Summary of 2006 Tax Law Changes, Blue Cross Blue Shield, LifeTimes, Jan 2006
  • Deadlines and Tips in Estate Administration and Estate Litigation, American Bar Association YLS Newsletter, 2008
  • Interpleader, IICLE Chapter 9-Interpleader, 2012
  • Estate Planning of the Rich and Famous, ISBA YLD Newsletter, Feb 2014

Representative Clients:

  • Individuals, families, financial institutions, medical institutions and governmental organizations in cases brought in State and Federal court.

Educational Background:

  • University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, B.A., Major: Finance
Office Location for Timothy J. Ritchey

105 West Adams Street
31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-201-0900

Fax: 312-201-0803

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Last Updated: 6/6/2018

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