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Programs for Professionals


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Our attorneys and staff are available to present for community or professionals groups. Our programs are designed to address the needs of the people we service, and we welcome the opportunity to tailor our information to meet any group’s specific needs, just as we do with our clients. For more information and to discuss the details of your event, please contact Erin Vogt at: evogt@duttonelderlaw.com or 312.371.0954.


Preparing Families for Dementia

It is estimated that half of people affected with dementia are not diagnosed. Among those diagnosed, families often complain about lack of disease education, resources, and care planning. This seminar will focus on what families need to know and expect as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias worsen over time. Practical issues such as day-to-day care, promoting autonomy and safety, and transitioning to the caregiving role will be discussed as well as planning for incapacity through legal and financial planning.

At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the typical trajectory of dementia and related care issues,
  2. Identify resources to help affected individuals and families better cope with the challenges of dementia,
  3. Explain legal and financial tools to plan for incapacity and for long-term care at home or in a care facility.

Presenters: Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA, and Dan Kuhn, LCSW

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Time: 8:30am – 9:00am registration / Program 9:00am-Noon

Location: The Moorings, 811 East Central Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Continuing Education and Registration: This program will award 3 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational, Physical, & Respiratory Therapists & Certified Assistants, Psychologists, and Dieticians/Nutritionists. There is a $15.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses and Nursing Home Administrators attending this 1.5 CE credit hour event. All other professions will be charged $15.00. Payments are non-refundable. All proceeds are tax-deductible in accordance with Illinois law (tax ID#46-0916476). Please send payment to Elderwerks Educational Services, PO Box 92, Cary, IL 60013. You can also call 847-462-0885 or send an email to Events@Elderwerks.com to pay via other sources. Download flyer here.

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Legal Care for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition

When a diagnosis of a chronic medical condition is given, not only do you need to prepare medically, you need to prepare legally. This session will address important topics such as Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts, Wills. What legal options are available in planning and paying for long-term care? 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:  Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Check-In/Refreshments: 8:00am-9:00am

Program Time:  9:00am-10:30am

Location: The Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, Illinois

Continuing  Education: This program will award 1.50 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational, Physical, & Respiratory Therapists & Certified Assistants, Psychologists, and Dieticians/Nutritionists. There is a $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses and Nursing Home Administrators attending this 1.5 CE credit hour event. All other professions will be charged $15.00. Payments are non-refundable. All proceeds are tax-deductible in accordance with Illinois law (tax ID#46-0916476). Please send payment to Elderwerks Educational Services, PO Box 92, Cary, IL 60013. You can also call 847-462-0885 or send an email to Events@Elderwerks.com to pay via other sources. Download flyer here.


Who Decides When a Patient/Client Cant?

This session addresses the various legal methods which allow a person to make healthcare and financial decisions for another person, such as Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Power of Attorney for Property, the Healthcare Surrogate Act, and Guardianships.

Presented by: Michaela Franco, MA, JD

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Time: 530pm- 6pm Registration and Light Meal; Program 6:00pm-7:00pm

Location: St Joseph Village, 4021 West Belmont, Chicago, Illinois

Continuing Education and Registration: This program awards 1.0 CEU credit to Illinois nurses, professional counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators. There is a $5.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for all professionals attending a 1.0credit hour event. Payments are non-refundable. All proceeds are tax-deductible in accordance with Illinois law (tax ID#46-0916476). Please send payment to Elderwerks Educational Services, PO Box 92, Cary, IL 60013. To pay by credit card, an invoice will be emailed through PayPal after registration. please call 847-462-0885 or email events@elderwerks.com to register.


Who Decides When a Patient/Client Cant?

This session will discuss the types of decision-makers that Illinois law recognizes to make decisions on behalf of adults: agents, guardians, and health care surrogates. Before you can successfully work with these decision-makers you need to (1) understand that the decision maker is legally entitled to make the decision at issue, and (2) know the extent of a decision-maker’s authority and what standards he or she should apply when making decisions on behalf of a disabled adult. This presentation will discuss these issues, and more, along with questions commonly asked of elder law attorneys.

Presented by: Melissa Killo, JD (formerly LaPointe)

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Time: Registration and light dinner 5:00pm to 5:45pm / program 5:45pm-7:15pm

Location: Silverado, 1936 Brookdale Road, Naperville, Illinois

Continuing Education and Registration: This program awards 1.5 CEU credit to Illinois nurses, professional counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators. There is a $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for all professionals attending a 1.0credit hour event. Payments are non-refundable. All proceeds are tax-deductible in accordance with Illinois law (tax ID#46-0916476). Please send payment to Elderwerks Educational Services, PO Box 92, Cary, IL 60013. To pay by credit card, an invoice will be emailed through Smartpay after registration. Please call 847-462-0885 or email events@elderwerks.com to register.

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Fixing Problem Trusts Through the Amazing Trust and Trustees Act

Problem Trusts can become even more problematic when they involve incapacitated grantors or beneficiaries.  What do you do when you have a poorly drafted trust, a trust that defies administration, or a trust that doesn’t meet the needs of its beneficiaries?  Call in the Trust and Trustees Act and find a remedy through decanting, virtual representation, and non-judicial settlement agreements.

Presented by: Kathryn C. Casey, JD, CELA and Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Registration: This program is being offered in connection with the Elder Law Short Course though the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and is for attorneys only.


Legal Remedies for Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation

Presenter: Kathryn C. Casey, JD, CELA

Date: Monday, October 22, 2018

This program is for police officers and is being offered in conjunction with Illinois Attorney General.


Prepare to Care

One of the most difficult tasks in the world is putting together a plan that you hope you and your loved ones will never have to use. When the unexpected happens, however, it helps to have the proper 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 in order to plan for today and the future.

Presenter: Melissa Killo, JD (formerly LaPointe)

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Time: 5:00-5:30pm with Appetizers and beverages / 5:30pm – 6:30pm program

Location: Silverado, 1651 Richfield Ave, Highland Park, Illinois

Continuing Education and Registration: This program awards 1.5 CEU credit to Illinois nurses, professional counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators. There is a $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for all professionals attending a 1.0credit hour event. Payments are non-refundable. All proceeds are tax-deductible in accordance with Illinois law (tax ID#46-0916476). Please send payment to Elderwerks Educational Services, PO Box 92, Cary, IL 60013. To pay by credit card, an invoice will be emailed through Smartpay after registration. Please call 847-462-0885 or email events@elderwerks.com to register


The Impact of Having a Say in Your Future

Adequate legal planning for older age involves more than writing a will. When the unexpected happens, however, it helps to have the proper documents in place, especially when they are designed to help you or someone close to you. This session will focus on the legal planning necessary in order to plan for today and the future.

Presenter: Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Time: 5:00-5:45pm registration and heavy appetizers / Program 5:45pm-7:15pm

Location: Lexington Square, 555 Foxworth, Lombard, Illinois

Continuing Education and Registration: This program awards 1.5 CEU credit to Illinois nurses, professional counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators. There is a $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for all professionals attending a 1.0credit hour event. Payments are non-refundable. All proceeds are tax-deductible in accordance with Illinois law (tax ID#46-0916476). Please send payment to Elderwerks Educational Services, PO Box 92, Cary, IL 60013. To pay by credit card, an invoice will be emailed through Smartpay after registration. Please call 847-462-0885 or email events@elderwerks.com to register.


Shining Light on Elder Abuse

As the population ages, more awareness about elder abuse is critical to keeping older adult clients safe. This seminar will begin with education about the complex issues that are involved in elder abuse, including issues of power and control, intergenerational trauma and different types of abuse. Legal issues related to elder abuse will also by covered by an experienced Elder Law attorney. This workshop will conclude with a panel allowing attendees to voice questions and concerns.

Presented by Mandy Burbank, LCSW and Melissa LaPointe, JD

Date: November 2, 2018

Time: 11:00am-2:00pm – lunch provided

Location: NIU, 1120 E Diehl Rd, Naperville, Illinois

Learning Objectives:

After attending this intermediate-level program, participants should be able to:

  • Learn types of elder abuse
  • Understand how power, control and trauma lead to elder abuse
  • Understand reporting and litigation of elder abuse

Registration and Continuing Education:
Cost: $20. 2.0 CEU available for LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, LMFT, RNs and Nursing Home Administrators

Please go to https://classes.amitahealth.org/wlp2/#!/classes/info/D4H00038 to register


Long-Term Care: Medicare Does Not Pay for It All

When a diagnosis of a chronic medical condition is given, not only do you need to prepare medically, but you need to prepare legally. Besides having estate planning documents, you need to know what legal options are available in planning and paying for long-term care. There is a common misconception that Medicare pays for more than it really does. This session will focus on how Medicaid, long-term care insurance, and personal care contracts can be used to maximize a person’s quality of life

Presented By: Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time: 5:30pm-6:00pm registration and meal / program 6:00pm-7:30pm

Location: Covenant Home, 2720 West Foster Ave., Chicago, Illinois

Continuing Education and Registration: This program will award 1.5 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators. There is a $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation. Payments are non-refundable. All proceeds are tax-deductible in accordance with Illinois law (tax ID#46-0916476). Please send payment to Elderwerks Educational Services, PO Box 92, Cary, IL 60013. You can also call 847-462-0885 or send an email to Events@Elderwerks.com to pay via other sources.


Outsmarting the Granny Scammers

Financial exploitation of older individuals and persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities is a growing problem in the United States. These situations are exacerbated by the incapacity of a victim. Learn how to utilize guardianship proceedings to terminate abuse and recover assets wrongfully taken from older adults and persons with disabilities.

Presented by: Janna Dutton, JD, CELA

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois

Registration: This session is for attorneys only and is offered as part of the 2018 National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Summit.


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How is Your Aging Loved One Functioning at Home?

Presented by: Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW, author

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time: 5:00 Registration/Light Dinner; 5:20 – 5:30 Introductions; 5:30 – 6:30 Presentation

Location: Gentle Home Services, 570 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, Illinois

Continuing Education and Registration: 1.0 CEU will be awarded to nurses, professional counselors, and social workers. A $5.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, PO Box 92, Cary, IL 60013, will be collected from all attendees. An invoice will be mailed after registration to those paying by credit card. Send an email to events@elderwerks.com or 847-462-0885 to register

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