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Upcoming Program for Healthcare Professionals

Legal Planning for Family Caregivers; What Professionals Need to Know

One of the hardest tasks in the world is putting together a plan your clients hope will never have to be used. When the unexpected happens, however, it helps to have the documents in place to deal with life’s complications. This session will focus on the legal planning necessary to plan for today, and the future.

Presented by: Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Time: 9:00am-10:00am

Location: Belmont Village, 1035 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois

Continuing Education:   1.0 continuing education credit will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, and Social Workers.

Registration:  There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please contact 847-462-0885 or events@elderwerks.com to register.

Flyer Regarding Event: Click here

CEU Program – Legal Planning for Family Caregivers: What Professionals Need to Know

Legal Planning for Family Caregivers; What Professionals Need to Know

One of the hardest tasks in the world is putting together a plan your clients hope will never have to be used. When the unexpected happens, however, it helps to have the documents in place to deal with life’s complications. This session will focus on the legal planning necessary to plan for today, and the future.

Presented by: Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Time: 9:00am-10:00am

Location: Belmont Village, 1035 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois

Continuing Education:   1.0 continuing education credit will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, and Social Workers.

Registration:  There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please contact 847-462-0885 or events@elderwerks.com to register.

Flyer Regarding Event: Click here

Law Firm of Dutton & Casey – opening for Law Clerk

The law firm of Dutton & Casey (estate planning, probate, elder law) has an opening for a highly motivated, detail-oriented, responsible, and computer savvy law clerk.

Assignments Include:

  • clerking at the Daley Center
  • preparing inventories and accountings in probate estates
  • assistance in discovery
  • research
  • and general support for attorneys

Details:

  • Full-time hours during the summer and school holidays
  • 15-20 hours per week during the academic year

For Consideration:

Please email a cover letter and resume to: contact@duttonelderlaw.com

From Dutton & Casey – Professional Level Programs in October

Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition

Topics to be covered include: What legal options are available in planning and paying for long-term care? What are Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts and Wills and why are they important? How can Medicare, Medicaid, Long-Term Care Insurance and Personal Care Contracts maximize a person’s quality of life?

 Presented by: Kathryn C. Casey, JD, CELA

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Location: Covenant Home of Chicago, 2720 W Foster Ave., Chicago, Illinois

Time: Registration and Light Meal – 5:30pm; Program: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Event Registration: This FREE program is both for family members and health care professionals. A 1.5 continuing education credits will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, and Social Workers. There is no cost to attend, however registration is required by contacting 847-462-0885 or events@elderwerks.com

Prepare to Care

One of the hardest tasks in the world is putting together a plan you hope you and your loved one will never have to use. When the unexpected happens, however, it helps to have the documents in place to deal with life’s complications, especially when they are designed to help you care for someone close to you. This session will focus on the legal planning necessary to plan for today, and the future.

Presenter: Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Time: 9:00am-10:30am

Location: Lexington Square, 400 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, Illinois

Registration:  This program will award 1.5 continuing education credits will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Nurses. There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required  by contacting 847-462-0885 or events@elderwerks.com

 

 

 

Race Judicata

The Dutton & Casey attorneys and staff are sponsoring, and participating in this 5K race, which supports Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015

In connection with the CVLS, our attorneys assist, pro bono, the Cook County Adult Protective Services Agencies with their abuse, neglect and financial exploitation cases.

Welcome Attorney Michaela P. Franco

Prior to joining the firm, Michaela practiced for 9 years with the Cook County Public Guardian where she represented the Public Guardian as legal guardian for disabled adults and served as the court appointed guardian ad litem for abused and neglected minors. Her experience with the Public Guardian provided her with a broad background in probate matters, litigation, and client counseling. While obtaining her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Michaela researched caregiver stress and depression as part of a study initiated by the Alzheimer’s Association. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant for a longitudinal study of brain aging through the National Institutes of Health. Michaela’s clinical background provides her with a unique perspective on elder law issues.

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Program: Marriage Equality and Elder Law: Planning for Your Future

Marriage Equality and Elder Law: Planning for Your Future

Finally, all people can be married.   The implications of marriage, especially for older adults who are planning for their future, should be understood as it can impact you  both financially and legally.  Attend this session presented by Janna Dutton, Certified Elder Law Attorney, who has devoted her entire legal career to elder law, and learn what you need to know in order to make a decision that is appropriate for you and the person you love.

 Date: Friday, August 7, 2015

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00 pm.

Location: SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Bisexual Older Adults) in Bellwood, Illinois

Registration: There is no charge to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please contact Eric Vironet at eric@wsseniors.org.

Upcoming Program on Estate Adminstration

Whenever a person dies, their estate needs to be collected and managed. Estate administration involves gathering the assets of the estate, paying the decedent’s debts, and distributing the remaining assets. Not only are you dealing with the death of a loved one, the estate administration process can be overwhelming. Attend this program, presented by Attorney Hanny Pei-Rodriguez and learn more about preparing for, and managing, this difficult task.

Presented by: Hanny Pei-Rodriguez, JD

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm -7:30 pm

Location: Gilda’s Club Chicago, 537 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Registration: There is no charge to attend. However advanced registration is required. Please contact JamieMazer@gildasclubchicago.org or 312 464-9900, ext. 30 to register.

Race Judicata

Race Judicata

The attorneys and staff are sponsoring, and participating in this 5K race, which supports Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015

Registration: please go to http://www.cvls.org

In connection with the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services’ Adult Protection Services Project, our attorneys assist, pro bono, the Cook County Adult Protective Services Agencies with their abuse, neglect and financial exploitation cases.

Kathryn Casey

Partner Kathryn Casey earned her Certification in Elder Law (CELA). The CELA certification has frequently been referred to as “the gold standard” for elder law and special needs practitioners.

 Kathryn,  who joins Janna Dutton and only a few other attorneys in Illinois with this certification,  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 senior housing issues.

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Exciting News from Dutton & Casey

Partner Kathryn Casey has completed the long and difficult process to become a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA). This certification has frequently been referred to as “the gold standard” for elder law and special needs attorneys.

In our ongoing commitment to provide the highest level of services to our clients and their families both of our Partners, Janna Dutton and Kathryn Casey, are certified.

Please click on the link below to learn more about the process to become a CELA and how this level of knowledge and dedication can better assist you and / or someone you care about.

https://www.duttonelderlaw.com/certified-elder-law-attorney…/

PROGRAM ON LEGAL PLANNING FOR LIVING

Taking Control of Your Future: Strategies for Avoiding Legal Pitfalls

Adequate legal planning for older age involved more than writing a will. This session will address important topics which can impact your physical, mental and financial health. Doing some simple advance preparation now can help you avoid legal pitfalls down the road.

Presenter: Janna Dutton, JD

Date:  Wednesday. May 29, 2013

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location:  Terrace Gardens Assisted Living, 8415 Waukegan Rd, Morton Grove, IL 60053

This session is part of a 6 week series, “Resources for Navigating Life Transitions: Your Personal GPS,” being sponsored by Elderwerks, Terrace Gardens, Right at Home, and Dutton & Casey.  Click here for a flyer on the event.

There is no charge to attend this, or any session. However, advanced registration is required. Click here  to register.

PROGRAM ON SATURDAY, APRIL 27 FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS

Navigating Legal Issues for Family Caregivers

This session will attempt to answer legal questions common to all family caregivers in the hope of assisting you avoid legal pitfalls. Questions to be covered are:  “What are the duties and authorities under a Power of Attorney for Property, Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Living Trust or Living Will?”; “What options are available in planning and paying for long-term care?”; “How can family caregivers can utilize Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance and personal care contracts to maximize another’s quality of life?”

Presenter: Janna Dutton, JD, and Rebecca Lerfelt, LCSW,  Assistant Director of PLOWS Council on Aging.

Date:  Saturday, April 27, 2013

Time:  10:00 A.M. – Noon

Location: Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravina Ave.,  Orland Park, Illinois

Registration: There is no charge to attend this program. However, advanced registration is required.  Please call PLOWS Council on Aging at 708-361-0219 or click here.

February 2013 Issue of YOUR Legal Update

The February issue our of newsletter has been published.

This issue contains helpful articles and information on our educational offerings, for community members and professionals, for Spring.

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Janna Dutton and Kathryn C. Casey Welcome Attorney Helen Mesoloras to the Firm

On June 1, 2012, Attorney Helen Mesoloras joined Dutton & Casey, PC, Attorneys at Law.

Helen concentrates her practice in elder law, with a focus on long term care planning, guardianships, probate and trust administrations, and estate planning. She represents clients in routine guardianship and probate matters, as well as more complex Medicaid and special needs planning cases. She enjoys working with clients and their families to develop and implement plans to achieve their goals, and guides her clients in every step of the plan.

To learn more about Helen Mesoloras, the firm of  Dutton & Casey, and how we can assist you, or someone who you care about, please review our website.

 

Attorney Janna Dutton, founder of Dutton & Casey, P.C.

Partner Janna Dutton has been named a “Top Ten Elder Law Lawyer” and was listed in the Leading Lawyers Magazine – Consumer Edition for 2011. 

A lawyer can not purchase the distinction of being a leading lawyer, they are recommended by their peers.  Please click here for more information on Leading Lawyers.

For information how the firm of Dutton & Casey can assist you, or someone who you care about, please go to www.duttonelderlaw.com.

12 Financial Resolutions for 2012

 2012 resolutions

It’s time again for New Year’s resolutions. According to Forbes, there are 12 resolutions we should all make – and “plan your estate” is number two:

1.            Set goals;

2.            Plan your estate;

3.            Check your credit;

4.            See where your money is going;

5.            See where you can cut back;

6.            Make sure you have the right amount of insurance;

7.            Build an emergency fund;

8.            See if you can refinance your debt;

9.            Pay down bad debt;

10.          Get on track for retirement;

11.          Consider saving for education;

12.          Make sure your investment portfolio is properly diversified.

As to plan your estate, the author recognizes that we never know when we might need estate planning documents, and that these are “notoriously easy to procrastinate so it’s good to get them out of the way.”

The full article, 12 Financial Resolutions for 2012, is available online at Forbes.

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One of the areas that the law firm of Dutton & Casey concentrates in is estate planning. Please click here for information on how we can assist, or someone who you care about.

Who Are We?

Dutton & Casey, PC (Elder and Disability Law)

Advocates for Elders, Persons with Disabilities, and their Loved Ones.

The law firm of Dutton & Casey, P.C., is committed to serving our clients with the comprehensive and personally tailored service they need and deserve. With 50 years of combined legal experience, we have acquired the depth and breadth of knowledge necessary to address the full scope of elder law and disability issues. 

Our Areas of Concentration:

  • Medicaid Eligibility
  • Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation Litigation
  • Estate and Disability Planning
  • Guardianship
  • Litigation
  • Mental Health Law
  • Probate Administration
  • Public Benefits
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Trust Administration

* Full Time Social Worker/Certified Care Manager On Staff

Office Locations:

Arlington Heights, Chicago, Skokie, and Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Phone / Video Conferencing  Appointments are also Available.

Contact Information:

Telephone:      312-899-0950 or 847-261-3584

Website:          www.duttonelderlaw.com 

 

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News: Video Conferencing

We now offer video conferencing.  At times, clients are homebound or they have family members who live outside the Chicagoland area.  With this new technology, we are able to serve all of these clients and still offer the opportunity to see each other face to face.

Alzheimer’s: Early Planning Critical to Financial Health

In a recent article in Reuters Magazine, Alzheimer’s: Early Planning Critical to Financial Health, working with a certified elder law attorney is an important step in planning for the future.

Janna Dutton, founder of Dutton & Casey, is one of only 8 certified elder law attorneys in Illinois.

Click here to read the article.

For additional information on how Dutton & Casey can assist you, or someone who you care about, please go our website.