December 2021
Associate Attorneys Named as Partners
We are thrilled to announce that Attorneys Amy Gjesdahl and Melissa Kallio, CELA, have been named as Partners here at Dutton Casey & Mesoloras.

Read the full announcement here.
Attorney Amy Gjesdahl
Attorney Melissa Kallio, CELA
Amy Gjesdahl has 11 years of relevant experience. Her practice primarily focuses on highly contested adult guardianships, guardianships for minors, probate estates and financial exploitation matters. Additionally, she practices in uncontested adult and minor guardianships, probate and trust administration and adult protective services matters. Amy serves as court-appointed Guardian ad litem (GAL) and Respondent’s counsel in guardianships. Amy guides her clients through their legal matters with both competency and compassion.  

Read Amy's full biography here.
Melissa Kallio is one of only a few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in Illinois. She concentrates her practice in elder law, which includes Medicaid planning and applications, adult guardianship estates, trust and estate administration, and estate planning.

Melissa also serves as a court appointed Guardian ad litem (GAL) and counsel for Respondents in guardianship estates. She frequently presents to attorney, consumer, and healthcare professional groups on a variety of elder law topics.

Read Melissa's full biography here.
Check Us Out on YouTube!
We know there is a lot of information to read through. That's why we started a YouTube channel where we've posted some informational videos outlining topics such as guardianship and estate administration. You can also learn more about Attorneys Amy Gjesdahl and Melissa Kallio, who were just elevated to Partner. Make sure to "like" our videos and subscribe to our channel to be alerted when new content is posted!
Resources and Awareness
The holiday season can be filled with family and friends, especially those you have not seen for a long time. It's often the time when serious conversations happen, as well. The Conversation Project is a great resource to utilize if you plan to discuss a loved one's care wishes going forward.

If you aren't sure how to move forward with the conversation, or you need help putting the care pieces together, you can reach out to Monica DiOrio, our Client Care Coordinator, for assistance.
There has been a lot of information shared on the COVID-19 vaccine, including insurance coverage. What about other vaccines? What is covered under Medicare? Click here to get the answer.
There can be great confusion when discussing one's Will versus a Trust. What's the difference? How do I determine what is best for me or a loved one?

At Dutton Casey & Mesoloras, our elder law attorneys advise on how best to setup a Last Will and Testament and/or a Trust.

Visit our website or give us a call to learn how we can help with your estate plan.
Did you know that December is National Car Donation month? While most of us don't have a car to donate, you can still give back by donating to causes that support older adults, such as "Adopt-a-Senior". Check your local township to see if they are participating in a local "Adopt-a-Senior" program, such as the one through the DuPage Senior Citizens Council.
We are planning presentations for next year!

If you are interested in partnering with us for a community presentation or a professional presentation (for CE credits), please contact
Monica DiOrio at [email protected]
or call the office at 312-899-0950.
Phone Number for all Locations: 312-899-0950  

Office locations: Arlington Heights, Chicago, Naperville, and Skokie, Illinois. Appointments available via video conferencing or telephone.
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