Chicago Simple/Statutory Will Attorneys

Are you or a loved one looking to create a will but don’t know where to get started? Are you looking to get your will completed in a very simple way, and do you live in a state where statutory wills are acceptable? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you will want to contact the experienced Chicago estate attorneys of Peck Ritchey, LLC today. Our skilled attorneys will walk you through the process of creating a will, making sure that everything is done correctly so that there won’t be any issues. If done incorrectly, wills can lead to arguments between family members or assets going to the wrong places, so you want to make sure that it is overseen by someone who knows what they’re doing. Allow the estate attorneys of Peck Ritchey, LLC to diligently oversee your will from start to finish. Contact us today at (855) 328-5787 or reach out using the live chat feature on our website.

If you are an adult with assets, you want to be sure that they end up in the correct hands after you are gone. Without a will in one form or another, everything you own could end up in different places, some of your assets could go to the government, and the remaining ones could lead to disagreements and hostility between the family members you leave behind.

A will is one of the most important documents you will ever make, and it can have a significant effect on the financial future of your loved ones. You want to make sure it is done correctly so that all of your worldly possessions go exactly where you want them to go and so that the value of your estate is not diminished. There are many choices to be made, and writing a will can be an emotional and difficult process, but it is also a necessary one. Far too many people fail to create a will before it is too late, and then their loved one’s wishes do not get to be factored into the division of assets.

Although a statutory will or simple will is a much simpler version of what can become a lengthy and complicated document, it is still recommended that you review it with an attorney to ensure that everything is done correctly. Everything must be perfect in order for the will to be accepted. With a statutory will, your options are limited to what is already present on the form. If you cross something out or add something outside of the options presented, the will can be invalidated. Currently, the only states that accept statutory wills are California, Maine, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Because statutory wills are relatively uncommon, it can sometimes be difficult to find attorneys who are familiar with them. At Peck Ritchey, LLC, we don’t shy away from a challenge, and we will oversee the process of creating a statutory will even though the state of Illinois doesn’t currently accept them.

There are many pros and cons to using a statutory will, and your attorney will explain all of them to you. If you choose to go through with making a statutory will, we will guide you through the process and help ensure that everything is done correctly. If you decide you want something a more personalized, we can help you transition from a statutory will over to something with more flexibility. All that matters is that you are happy with the will we create together, and we will work until we achieve that goal.

Why Choose Peck Ritchey, LLC To Handle My Case?

At Peck Ritchey, LLC, we understand how important it is to have a will in order to ensure your peace of mind. We also understand how complicated the process of making a will can be, even when you are only completing a statutory will. Our attorneys are trained to make the process as simple as possible so that you don’t have to stress over the details.

The Chicago simple/statutory will attorneys at Peck Ritchey, LLC have been awarded the Super Lawyers distinction for our integrity and achievements in the legal field. Attorney Kerry Peck, the managing partner of our firm, has been recognized for his character and achievements with the Justice John Paul Stevens Award, the Chicago Bar Association’s most prestigious honor.

At Peck Ritchey, LLC, we only partner with attorneys who are the best in their field. We want to see our clients satisfied, and we will work with you on your will until we create something that represents exactly what you want to see happen after you move on. This way, you and your family can focus on the things that are truly important in life.

Types of Cases We Handle

Statutory wills are a somewhat special case. They are only accepted in California, Maine, Michigan, and Wisconsin and have very little flexibility. Even the smallest alteration or mistake can cause them to be invalidated. However, their simplicity can also make the will creation process much more straightforward. Peck Ritchey, LLC will be able to assist you in this process, and, even if you choose to create a different type of will, we will be able to help you in that as well.

Contact Us Today

If you have decided to create a will, you are likely already aware of the stress and emotion that goes along with the process. At Peck Ritchey, LLC, we want to help you get through it as quickly as possible, so that you don’t have to worry about the status of your estate anymore. For assistance with all forms of estate litigation, contact the experienced and compassionate attorneys of Peck Ritchey, LLC today at (855) 328-5787.


Attorney Kyle Fahey handled our matter with skill and professionalism, and was always responsive. 10/10, would work with him and the firm again.

–Jon T.

The peace of mind that Peck Ricthey's office has given me is worth every penny. The services they provided me and my family in an emergency medical situation is beyond outstanding. Last minute notice, Peter Brady and team were compassionate, understanding and most importantly efficient and got the job done. Look no further if you have any needs that this office can provide for you. Definitely in good hands! Thank you, a thousand times over for all of your help.

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I solicited Peck Ritchey, LLC for assistance with a living trust for which I became the beneficiary. I needed assistance with understanding the details of how it all worked. However, I was especially concerned because there were threats of allegations made by family members and a lawsuit was filed against me. I needed a solid professional who had my best interests in mind. Peter Brady took my case and he managed it flawlessly. He explained everything in a way I could understand, he knew the law inside and out, he was always available to answer questions, and even offer support when things seemed like they could become extremely problematic. In addition to this, he had a plan. He navigated the course as if he already knew the next move by the opposing attorney. He made me feel like everything was in control and that’s because he knew exactly what he was doing and he consulted with me about everything. We ended up settling out of court and ultimately the court officially dismissed the lawsuit. I honestly believe if it wasn’t for Peter and his expertise this could have gone in an entirely different direction. Peter did a stellar job and I couldn’t be more pleased and impressed with his performance.

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