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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.


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.


Outsmarting the Granny Scammers : The growing problem on financial exploitation

This program will include:

· 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: Melissa LaPointe Kallio, JD

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Location: Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace, 1635 South Ardmore Ave, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

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

Continuing Education and Registration: Advanced registration is required. This program will award 1.5 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses, 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.

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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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