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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.


Legal Remedies to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Undue Influence and Financial Exploitation

Presented By: Kathryn C. Casey, JD, CELA

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Audience: This training is for law enforcement officers only and is being offered though the Office of 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.

Presented by:   Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA

Ms. Casey concentrates in the area of elder law and is one of only a few certified elder law attorneys in Illinois. Her vast knowledge and presentation style make her the perfect person to speak on this important topic.

Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm

Location: Wesley Place, 1415 W. Foster, Chicago, IL 60640

Continuing Education: 1.5 continuing education credits will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, Social Workers, and Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational, Physical, and Respiratory Therapists and Certified Assistants, Psychologists, Dietician/Nutritionists, and Certified Care Managers.

Registration: Advanced Registration is Required. For those requesting Continuing Education Credit, there is a $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for all professionals attending a 1.5 CE credit 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. You can also call 847-462-0885 or send an email to Events@Elderwerks.com to pay via other sources.

Flyer: Click here for a flyer for this event.


Navigating Legal Issues for Family Caregivers; What Human Service Providers Need to Know

Presented by: Janna Dutton, JD, CELA

This session will answer fundamental legal questions common to family caregivers. Janna will cover Topics such as

  • What are the duties and authorities under a Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Living Trust or Living Will?
  • How does the law allow for a person to manage an incapacitated person’s finances?
  • How you can assist your clients avoid legal pitfalls as a family caregiver.
  • How can family caregivers utilize Medicare, Medicaid, long term care insurance and personal care contracts to maximize an incapacitated person's quality of life

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Time: 4:30-6:00pm

Location: Summit of Uptown, 10 N. Summit Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois

Continuing Education: This program will award 1.5 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational, Physical, & Respiratory Therapists & Certified Assistants, Psychologists, and Dieticians/Nutritionists.

Registration:  Advanced registration is required. There is a $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for all professionals attending a 3 CE credit 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. You can also call 847-462-0885 or send an email to Events@Elderwerks.com to pay via other sources.


Responding to Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

Presented by: Melissa LaPointe, JD; Michaela Franco, MA, JD, Dan Kuhn, LCSW, and Erin Vogt, LCSW

Dates: August 24, 2017 (Mundelein, Illinois), September 21, 2017 (Bensenville, Illinois), and October 26, 2017 (Homewood, Illinois)

Audience: This training is for law enforcement officers in their role as first responders and is offered through North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc.


Understanding Decisional Capacity: How a Neuropsychologist Can Evaluate and Legal Options for Substitute Decision Making

By attending this session, participants will learn

  1. How neuropsychologists objectively evaluate cognitive functioning for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment planning and when to engage a neuropsychologist.
  2. The primary uses of a neuropsychological assessment and the major domains of cognition and emotion assessed by neuropsychologists.
  3. The levels of decisional capacity needed to engage in the contract of power of attorney for healthcare and property.
  4. Rights and responsibilities of an agent under power of attorney including those that the agent doesn’t have.
  5. The guardianship process and the role, authority, and powers of a guardian.

Presented by: Sherrie D. All, Ph.D. and Michaela P. Franco, MS, JD

Dr. All received her PhD in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science and completed her pre-doctoral internship and 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. All founded CCCW in 2012 to provide the “what’s next” after a diagnosis of cognitive decline, filling what she saw as a much-needed treatment gap.

Ms. Franco, who also has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, has been licensed to practice law since 2006. Prior to joining the firm in September of 2015, she practiced for nine years with the Cook County Public Guardian. This experience provided her with a broad background in probate matters, litigation, and client counseling. Her clinical background provides her with a unique perspective on elder law and capacity issues.

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Check-In/Light Breakfast: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Program Time: 9:00 AM – Noon

Location: Wyndemere Senior Living, 200 Wyndemere Circle, Wheaton, IL 60187
Valet Parking will be provided.

Continuing Education: This program will award 3.00 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational, Physical, & Respiratory Therapists & Certified Assistants, Psychologists, and Dieticians/Nutritionists.

Registration: Advanced registration is required. There is a $15.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for all professionals attending a 3 CE credit 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. You can also call 847-462-0885 or send an email to Events@Elderwerks.com to pay via other sources.

Flyer: Download Flyer here.


Dementia, Ethics and Elder Law 2017

Please join us for an interactive presentation and case studies on topics including:

  • A framework for addressing common ethical dilemmas involving people with dementia,
  • Determination of decisional capacity,
  • Risk factors for neglect, abuse, exploitation, and undue influence,
  • Solutions for helping those at risk and more.

Presented by: Janna Dutton, JD, CELA and Dan Kuhn, LCSW

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2017

Check-In: 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Program: 9:30am-11:30am

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

Continuing Education: This program will award 3.0 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses, and nursing home administrators, Occupational, Physical, and Respiratory Therapists and Certified Assistants, Psychologists, Dietician/Nutritionists, and Certified Care Managers. This program satisfies the Illinois social work 3-hour requirement for ethics.

Registration: The cost to attend is $15.00. Advanced registration is required. Please contact (847) 462-0885 or events@elderwerks.com to register.

Flyer: Click here for a flyer for this event.


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.

Presented by: Helen Mesoloras, JD and Dan Kuhn, LCSW, Vice-President of Education for All Trust Home Care & author of Alzheimer’s Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers.

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Check-In: 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Program:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Location: Lexington Square, 555 Foxworth Blvd, Lombard, IL 60148

Continuing Education:  This program will award 2.0 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational, Physical, and Respiratory Therapists and Certified Assistants, Psychologists, Dietician/Nutritionists, and Certified Care Managers.

Registration: Advanced registration is required. There is a $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for all professionals attending a 2 CE credit 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. You can also call 847-462-0885 or send an email to Events@Elderwerks.com to pay via other sources.

Flyer: Click here to download flyer for this event.


Legal Remedies for Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation

Objectives:

  • Review rights and responsibilities of an agent under power of attorney including those that the agent doesn’t have Education:
  • Guidance on the guardianship process and the role, authority, and powers of a guardian
  • Overview of legal remedies available to adult protective services including access and freeze orders
  • Discussion of legal safeguards that can be put in place by clients to protect from neglect, abuse, and financial exploitation

Presented by: Melissa LaPointe, JD

Melissa concentrates her practice in elder law, with a focus on long-term care planning, which includes Medicaid and VA planning, litigation for vulnerable adults against abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and guardianship estates. Her vast knowledge and presentation style make her the perfect person to speak on this important topic.

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Program Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

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

Continuing Education: This program will award 1.5 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational, Physical, and Respiratory Therapists and Certified Assistants, Psychologists, Dietician/Nutritionists, and Certified Care Managers.

Registration: Advanced registration is required.

There is a $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for all professionals attending a 1.5 CE credit 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. You can also call 847-462-0885 or send an email to Events@Elderwerks.com to pay via other sources.

Flyer: Please click here for a flyer for this event.