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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.


Ethics and Elder Law

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Location: Popular Creek Country Club, Hoffman Estates, IL.

Registration: This session is part of a day of CUES. Please click here for the flyer with information

Flyer: Download 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: Helen Mesoloras, JD and Dan Kuhn, LCSW

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Check-In: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Program: 9:00 AM – Noon

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

Continuing Education: This program will award 3.0 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses, and nursing home administrators. 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.


Understanding the Surrogate Decision Makers

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 elder law attorneys.

Presenter: Kathryn C. Casey, JD, CELA

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Navy Pier, Chicago

Registration: This session is being offered at the Leading Age Illinois Annual Conference. Click here to learn more.


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

When a diagnosis of a chronic medical condition is given, not only do your clients need to prepare medically, they need to prepare legally.

Attend this program to learn what legal options are available in planning and paying for long-term care.  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, May 3, 2017

Time: Breakfast 8:00 AM; Program: 8:30 AM-9:30 AM

Location: Belmont Village of Buffalo Grove
500 McHenry Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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

Registration: The cost for this program is $5.00. Please contact 847-462-0885 or events@elderwerks.com register.

Flyer: Click here for a flyer for this event.


Have a Say in Your Future

Adequate legal planning for older age involves more than writing a will. This session will address important topics which can impact you/your client physical, mental, and financial health such as surrogate decision-making, long-term care, and estate planning.

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: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Time: Registration and Light Meal: 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Program: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Westbrook Senior Living, 111 West Schaumburg Road, Streamwood, IL 60107

Audience: This program is for community members and professionals. 1.5 continuing education credits will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, Social Workers, and Nursing Home Administrators.

Registration:  Advanced Registration is Required.

For those requesting Continuing Education Credits, there is a $15.00 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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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The Eyes and Ears of Aging

By attending this program, you learn:

  • how to better assist clients and their loved ones living with low vision and/or hearing loss
  • how to more effectively interact with this populationvision accessibility features using Tables and Smart Phones
  • about technology to assist individuals who have hearing loss

Presented by: Dr. Gregg Pusateri from Spectrios Institute for Low Vision
Dr. Dawn Heiman from Advanced Audiology Consultants

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time: Light Breakfast and Registration - 8:15 AM – 9:00 AM, Presentations 9:00 AM - Noon

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

Continuing Education: This program will award 3.00 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators. This program satisfies the 3 hours in cultural competency required for social workers.

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.

Download Flyer here.