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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.


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 evaluate cognitive functioning for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment planning.
  2. The primary uses of a neuropsychological assessment.
  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:   Dr. Christina Vocos  and Michaela P. Franco, MS, JD

Dr. Christina Vocos joined the Thomson Memory Center in August 2012, after completing her internship in Forensic Neuropsychology at Elgin Mental Health Center and her Doctorate from Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her clinical interests include assessment and remediation of cognitive disorders in children, adults, and seniors. Dr. Vocos grew up in Chicago’s northwest suburbs and enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as participating in recreational sports.

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: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

Program Time: 9:00 AM – Noon

Location: The Summit of Uptown,  10 N Summit Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068

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.


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 agentdoesn’thave.
  5. The guardianship process and the role, authority, and powers of a guardian.

Presented by:  Anthony Tucci, Ph.D. and Michaela P. Franco, MA, JD.

Dr. Tucci earned his Doctorate from Northern Illinois University where he gained specialized training in neuropsychological assessment, development psychopathology, and evidence-based interventions. He enjoys working with clients adjusting to significant lifestyle changes.

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, October 19, 2017

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

Program Time:  9:00 AM – Noon

Location:  Alive Center, 500 West 5th Avenue, Naperville, Illinois

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


Unprogram - National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Illinois Chapter

Partner Helen Mesoloras, JD is President of the Chapter and is on the planning committee for the program.

Date: Friday, October 27, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

This program is for attorneys only.


In Sickness and in Health:  Estate Planning for Married Couples

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

Date: December 6, 2017 in Lisle, Illinois

This program is for attorneys only and is part of the 13th Annual Elder Law Short Course offered by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.


While we are not speaking at these programs below, the attorneys and staff want to ensure all people are provided culturally competent care.


Cultural Competence in Dementia

The issues of culture, health disparities, and ethnic diversity will be described within the context of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Dementia will also be discussed from the perspectives of Hispanic and African American elders and their families, with the resulting implications for research and care.

Date: Friday, September 22, 2017

8:30 a.m. – Registration & Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon – Program

Location: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

Registration: This program awards 3.0 clock hours of Continuing Education to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses and Nursing Home Administrators. This program fulfills the Illinois Social Worker 3-hour licensure requirement for Cultural Competency. The program is FREE but advance registration is required. Please register at: events@elderwerks.com or call 847-462-0885

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Cultural Competence in Dementia

The issues of culture, health disparities, and ethnic diversity will be described within the context of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Dementia will also be discussed from the perspectives of Hispanic and African American elders and their families, with the resulting implications for research and care.

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

8:30 a.m. – Registration & Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon – Program

Location: St. Paul’s House in Chicago, Illinois

Registration: This program awards 3.0 clock hours of Continuing Education to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Nurses and Nursing Home Administrators. This program fulfills the Illinois Social Worker 3-hour licensure requirement for Cultural Competency. The program is FREE but advance registration is required. Please register at: events@elderwerks.com or call 847-462-0885

Click here to download flyer.