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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.


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

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: Light Meal 5:30pm-6:00pm. Program: 6:00pm-7:00pm

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

Registration: There is no charge to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please contact 847- 537-5000 to register.


Legal Care for Parkinson’s Disease

When a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease 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: Helen Mesoloras JD

Location: Northwestern Medicine/Neuroscience Institute in Winfield, Illinois

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Registration: There is no charge to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please contact 630-933-4056 or Debra.Crystal@nm.org


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

Registration: There is no charge for community members to attend. However advanced registration is required. Please call 847-462-0885 or send an email to Events@Elderwerks.com to register.

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Legal Care for Living with Early Onset Dementia

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

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2018

Program Time: 10:00am in Chicago, Illinois

Registration: This program is being offered in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter. Please contact Theresa Dewey at 847.779.6963 for more information.


Health and Resource Fair

Erin Vogt, LCSW, CMC, our Client Care Coordinator, will be attending

Date: October 24, 2018

Time: 10 AM - 3 PM

Location: The Merion, 1611 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois

For more information, please call 847-570-7815 or go to www.merionevanston.com


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

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


Resources and Reality As We Age :Options and Alternatives Available to Meet Future Challenges

Presented by: Erin Vogt, LCSW, ACSW, CMC (Our Client Care Coordinator) and Carol Raso, Community Resource Consult, Elderwerks Educational Services

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018

Location: United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton Street, Geneva, Illinois

Time: 10:00am – 1130am

Registration: there is no charge to attend. However advanced registration is required. Please call 630-232-7120.

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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

Registration: There is no charge to attended. However, advanced registration is required, Please call 847-462-0885 or send an email to Events@Elderwerks.com.


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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

Registration: There is no charge for community members. However, advanced registration is required. Send an email to events@elderwerks.com or call 847-462-0885 to register.

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