Kerry R. Peck, managing partner of Peck Ritchey, was recently interviewed by NBC News journalist Maria Shriver about how the law can work in the best interest of an Alzheimer’s patient’s wishes.

According to Peck in his new book “Alzheimer’s and the Law,” there are five very important issues to look into when an early-stage Alzheimer’s patient is planning their estate. Otherwise, Peck mentions, family members could be left with extremely large decisions to make that would not necessarily be in what would have been the affected individual’s best interest. An Alzheimer’s patient would likely benefit from examining the following issues:

  1. When designating a Power of Attorney, select an individual that you trust to act in your best interest.
  2. Finalize a Last Will and Testament; this will name an executor, pay any remaining debts, and distribute your assets as you wish.
  3. Alzheimer’s progresses quickly, so time is of the essence with estate planning.
  4. What are your long-term goals? Are you willing to shell out thousands on long-term care if need be?
  5. Discuss your wishes, such as those regarding nursing home placement, in a heart-to-heart with your family members and loved ones. Estate planning doesn’t always cover everything, so make sure that certain individuals are able to listen to what you really want for yourself.

Estate planning gives you the opportunity to ensure that your wishes are still carried out when you are no longer capable of managing such affairs. As such, estate planning can be absolutely indispensable to many individuals, especially those with any amount of assets or children.

To read Peck’s full interview with Maria Shriver in NBC News, click here.


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.

–Christine K.

Very responsive and knowledgeable at handling our brother’s estate. Would definitely recommend!

–Ralph C.

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.

–John T.

Tim Ritchey is as smart, honest, and genuine as they come. He truly puts helping people above making money. If you have a need, don’t hesitate to hire him.

–Jay T.

View all