About Pratscher Law
An Elder Law Practice is a multi-faceted, individualized and often complicated area of practice that requires special consideration for issues that face the aging population as well as for those who maybe disabled, regardless of age. Peggy Pratscher welcomes the opportunity to carefully listen to and discuss the specific concerns and circumstances of her clients to assist them with planning and implementation of legal methods of meeting individual needs and goals that help them maintain independence as much as possible and to attain/sustain a sense of personal dignity.
Pre-planning to define both estate goals and to anticipate future aging and health concerns is the most desirable method for elder law planning. Pre-planning is not always possible if circumstances with one’s health arise without warning and the available legal options may also be altered. Clients can expect to be treated with respect, concern, understanding and patience as the options are identified and plans can be updated or changed as client needs change. While there are similarities in types of issues faced by the aging and disabled populations, each client situation is different in many ways that affect how one will be able to deal with the issues at hand. We are thankful for every opportunity to help our clients meet their needs at times when they are feeling overwhelmed and perhaps alone.
About Peggy Pratscher
I graduated from John Marshall Law School in Chicago and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2002. Just prior to entering law school, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elmhurst College in 1999 with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration while continuing my long long career as a Registered Nurse since 1975. I began my legal career as an Associate in a plaintiff’s medical malpractice & personal injury firm in Chicago. However, my desire that derived from my many years as an RN providing case management, was to become a legal advocate for seniors and those with disabilities, so I pursued my goal to open a solo practice in Elder Law late in 2003. I enjoy the diversity of the many interrelated areas of law encompassed in an Elder Law practice and love working with each and every client to offer them opportunities to define and meet their life and estate goals and to help them work through their expected and unexpected life changes. The practice and life I strive to achieve, at work for and with my clients, and also at home with my family and friends, can be summed up by the words of wisdom from Winston Churchill, which greets my clients as they enter my office: “We Make A Living By What We Get, But We Make A Life By What We Give.”
Over the years I have been active in many professional organizations including the Chicago Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the DuPage Inns of Court, the DuPage Estate Planning Council and have received further training and certifications in Mediation and Arbitration. I became an active member of the Wheaton Rotary Club, being a strong believer in their dedication and commitment to “Service Before Self,” allowed me to give back to the community in which I grew up.
I have been a frequently requested speaker in the banking, healthcare, insurance and legal industries to address issues of exploitation, responsibilities of fiduciaries, long term care evaluations and management, and legal issues facing the aging and disabled populations. I served as a faculty member for the University of Illinois Clinical Certification seminars for their programs for Gerontology, Case Management and other periodic programs addressing medical-legal issues facing healthcare professionals. Many of my prior opportunities in the healthcare industry as a nurse have served me well as I help clients through complicated long term care issues, moral and ethical medical and legal issues, and end of life decisions for themselves or beloved family members. I had the distinct privilege of personally caring for my elderly mother, my mother-in-law and an elderly aunt during my legal career, until the end of their lives well into their late 90s and through home hospice, living first hand, the life that so many of my clients have faced. These life experiences have taught me new ways of listening to and caring about my clients that are truly priceless experiences.
Through all of this, I am still married to my high school sweetheart, over 40 years now and still counting! Our son served proudly in the Air Force for 6 years, enlisting after 911, and met and our wonderful daughter-in-law who still serves in the Navy as a Reservist. They gave us 2 beautiful granddaughters, whom are the lights of my life! We are all animal lovers and have long histories with many cats, a beagle/cocker mix, miniature Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Doberman (my first Granddog) and most recently 2 Great Danes, all of whom were and are lovable “babies!”
When I can find spare time, I love oil painting and riding my Harley, with or without the boys, both activities being both therapeutic and immensely enjoyable for me. I am an avid reader, sang for years in the church choir and used to golf, all of which I hope to do again. Life changed and many of those things went by the wayside as my husband and I cared for and lost our elderly moms in 2015 and 2018. These experiences and losses have made me increasingly more aware of how important our relationships are to our overall well-being and how we each discover our own strengths and find resources to get through life’s challenges as we age. Each day is a new opportunity to learn something new about myself and others and to appreciate that we are all imperfect, and not only is that perfectly fine, but it makes us wonderfully diverse and teaches us new ways to meet new challenges. I now not only encourage my clients to stay active and face each day they are alive as a new gift, but I must remember that applies to myself as well as I continue to share in the concerns, challenges, losses, and hopefully also the joys of my clients.