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Kathryn C. Casey

Katie is certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. She has practiced exclusively in elder law since 2004 when she began representing clients in adult guardianships and elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation litigation. Since then her practice has expanded to include probate and trust administration, estate planning, retirement benefits, special needs planning, long term care planning, Medicaid applications, and nursing home issues. She devotes a substantial portion of her time to helping families plan for the care of a loved one with a chronic care need. Katie represents her clients with a continuity of care that extends from the creation of a long term care plan to the execution, implementation, and administration of that plan.

 “I enjoy escorting my clients from problem to solution, helping them plan for a future, and giving them peace of mind.”

Experience

Prior to joining the firm in September of 2005, Katie practiced for five years with the Cook County Public Guardian where she served as the court appointed guardian for disabled adults and served as the court appointed guardian ad litem for abused and neglected minors. With the Public Guardian, Katie gained a wealth of experience representing clients with difficult and sensitive legal issues, administering complex estates, navigating challenging care issues, and litigating cases of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

Education

  • Juris Doctor from DePaul College of Law
  • Master of Arts in English Literature from DePaul University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Virginia Tech

Certification

  • Elder Law Attorney

Professional Memberships

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Illinois State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section
  • Chicago Bar Association’s Probate Practice and Elder Law Committees

Publications

  • “Advanced Issues in Tax and Medicaid Planning with Retirement Benefits” – authored for IICLE: Elder Law Short Course
  • “Life Care, Estate, and Retirement Planning: Beyond the Documents” – authored for IICLE
  • “Contested Guardianships: Discovery and Pre-Trail Motions” – coauthored for IICLE
  • “How to Combat the Financial Abuse of Elders” – authored for IICLE: Basics of Elder Law
  • “Life Care Planning Beyond Estate Management” – authored for ISBA
  • “Elder Financial Exploitation & Legal Interventions and Remedies” – authored for Lorman
  • “The New Power of Attorney Act: Better Protection Against Bad Agents”
  • “A New Law Allows Illinois Convenience Accounts for the First Time”
  • “The Basics of Probating a Decedent’s Estate: How to Protect the Disabled Person’s Interests”
  • “When Good Powers of Attorney for Health Care Go Bad,” “Guardianship Matters,” and “Our Disabled Children and Grandchildren – authored for Chicago Hospital News

Testimonials

“We are grateful for Dutton & Casey’s consistently stellar service to our patients and families” – physician from Chicago, Illinois

“Thank you for your kindness all during my difficult times.”- client from Palatine, Illinois

“I recommend your firm whenever my clientele need assistance in elder law issues. You are simply the best.” – client from Glenview, Illinois

“Ms. Casey, I wanted to express to you and Janna Dutton my appreciation for your excellent and very competent legal assistance during the past ten months in my efforts to provide guardianship services for my friend and former neighbor. You were timely in your responses to my telephone calls; your answers to my many questions were quite satisfactory; your mailed and faxed communications were timely and your advice on even the smallest details was extremely helpful. Essentially, you gave me all the necessary legal support I needed to proceed with confidence and be successful in the guardianship process, which for me was an entirely new experience. I sincerely thank you for all your past assistance.” – B. Kirkwood

“Hi Kathryn, now that this process seems to be about over, I just wanted to write you a quick note to thank you for your help, knowledge, and professionalism. I’ve been on a big learning curve throughout this process and you’ve done a great job explaining things and getting me up to speed. If I ever have a friend going through something like this, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you. I really appreciate that there was never a touch of arrogance on your part, and that you could explain things in a way that was simple to understand.” – Gary Ward, G. Thomas Ward Photography

“I just want to tell you how great your team is, and how helpful your law firm have been through a very tough time in our family. Two of my brothers and I had no idea how to go about helping my father, who has dementia, to be taken care of the best possible way in spite of other family members trying to take advantage of him, we on the right path. You are readily available every time we need you, and you very knowledgeable about the laws regarding elder abuse. I’ve appreciated everything you have done to help us. I can’t say enough about your law firm. I will recommend this law firm to anyone who needs help in this area.” – client from Tinley Park, Illinois

“Thank you for all of your help and support and holding my hand during this very traumatic and chaotic time. You are doing a great service for people like me and our families and I just wanted you to know that you are appreciated. I hope that you continue with the work you do for some time to come.” – client from California

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