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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.


Navigating Legal Care for Family Caregivers: What Human Service Professionals Need to Know

This session will answer fundamental legal questions common to family caregivers. Helen 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

Presented by: Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time: 8:00am – 8:30am registration and light breakfast / program: 8:30am-9:30am

Location: Belmont Village, 545 Belmont Lane, Carol Stream, Illinois

Continuing Education: This program awards 1. CEU credit hours to Illinois nurses, professional counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators. License number required.

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


Legal Remedies for Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation

Program objectives:

  • Review rights and responsibilities of an agent under power of attorney including those that the agent doesn’t have
  • 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

Presenter: Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Time: 8:00am-8:30am breakfast; Presentation 8:30am-9:30am

Location: Belmont Village, 500 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Continuing Education: This program awards 1. CEU credit hours to Illinois nurses, professional counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators. License number required.

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


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: Helen Mesoloras, JD Ms. Mesoloras concentrates in the area of elder law. Her vast knowledge and presentation style make her the perfect person to speak on this important topic.

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Check-In/Refreshments: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Program Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Location: Wyndemere Senior Living, 200 Wyndemere Circle, Wheaton, Illinois (valet parking will be provided)

Continuing Education and Registration: This program will award 1.50 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, 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.


Legal Care for Dementia

When a diagnosis of a dementia 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 and Wills.

Presented by: Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA

Location: The Village Presbyterian Church – Fellowship Hall, 1300 Shermer Road, Northbrook, Illinois

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Time: Registration Sign-in and Light Dinner: 5:00pm – 5:30pm / Presentation: 5:30pm – 7:005pm

Continuing Education: This program awards 1.5 CEU credit to Illinois nurses, professional counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators. License number required.

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 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. To pay by credit card, an invoice will be emailed through PayPal after registration.


Legal Care for living with a Mental Illness

When a diagnosis of a chronic mental health 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 and Guardianship. What legal options are available in planning and paying for long-term care? And how can Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance and personal care contracts maximize a person’s quality of life? Presenter: Janna Dutton, JD, CELA

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Time:  5:30pm - 6:00pm - Registration / 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Presentation

Location: Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, Illinois

Continuing Education: This program awards 1.0 CEU credit to Illinois nurses, professional counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators.

Registration: Advanced registration is required. There is a $5.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for all professionals attending a 1.0 credit hour event. Payments are non-refundable. All proceeds are tax-deductible in accordance with Illinois law (tax ID#46-0916476). Please contact events@elderwerks.com or 847-462-0885 Download Flyer Here.


Paying for 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: Melissa LaPointe, JD

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Location: Lexington Square, 555 Foxworth Boulevard, Lombard, Illinois

Time: Registration 8:30am–9:00am / Presentation: 9:00am –10:30am

Continuing Education/Registration: This program awards 1.5 CEU credit to Illinois nurses, professional counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators. 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 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. To pay by credit card, an invoice will be emailed through PayPal after registration. Please contact events@elderwerks.com or 847-462-0885 to register Download flyer here.


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.


Understanding the Surrogate Decision Makers

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: Melissa LaPointe, 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.


Programs we are not speaking at but are involved with


“Care, Choice and Dignity: The Ingredients for Residents' Rights”