Attorneys:
Janna Dutton, Kathryn Casey,
Helen Mesoloras, Amy Gjesdahl,
Melissa Kallio, Samantha Zullo

Staff:
Vicky Fleming, Administrator
Karina Hernandez, Legal Assistant
Monica Westlake, Administrative Assistant
Erin Vogt, LCSW, CMC, Client Coordinator

Appointments Are Available In:
Arlington Heights, Chicago,
Naperville, Skokie Illinois 
and via phone and video conferencing. 

Contact Information for All Locations:
312-899-0950
contact@duttonelderlaw.com
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February 2021
What is Long-Term Care and Who Provides It?

Long-term care is the care you need if you can’t perform daily activities on your own for an extended period of time. There are a number of different ways that long-term care can be provided. 

Most long-term care involves assisting with basic personal needs rather than providing medical care. You are usually determined to need long-term care if you need help with two or more “activities of daily living” (such as bathing, dressing, eating, and going to the bathroom). Family members may provide long-term care to start, but, as an illness escalates, paid care may become necessary. Read more

Family Caregiver Contracts

Many people are willing to voluntarily care for a loved one without any promise of compensation.

Even so, a growing number of people are entering into caregiver contracts (also called personal service or personal care agreements) with their family members. Having such a contract may help in many ways Learn more 
Did you know we have a licensed clinical social worker, who is also a certified care manager on staff to assist our clients? 

Upcoming Programs Via Webinar or Telephone

  • February 15 -"Elderwerks Family Caregiver Symposium"
  • February 17 -"Understanding the Surrogate Decision Makers"
  • February 23- "Legal Care for a Loved One Who Has Special Needs"
  • March 18 - "Paying for Long-Term Care; Understanding the Medicare Myths"

The Attorney's Role in Medicaid Planning

Do you need an attorney for even "simple" Medicaid planning? This depends on your situation, but in most cases, the prudent answer would be "yes." Read more. Read an article about working with an elder law attorney for Medicaid.

Register to attend our program, with Attorney Helen Mesoloras, on this topic being held March 18. This program is for community members and professionals. CEUs are available for many professionals.
About one in every five people in the United States has a disability. Some people are born with a disability. Some people become ill or have an accident that results in disability. Some people develop disabilities as they age. Almost all of us will have a disability at some point." - Surgeon General

Special Needs Law is a specialized area of law that involves representing, counseling, and assisting people who have a disability and their loved ones in connection with a variety of legal issues. Typically, special needs attorneys address the client's perspective from a holistic viewpoint by discussing legal, medical, financial, social, and family issues.

Register to attend our program, presented by Attorney Kathryn Casey, on this topic being held February 23. This program is for community members and professionals. CEUs are available for many professionals.
The Premise Alert  requires 911 call centers to maintain a database of information about individuals with special needs when requested.  It assists police and paramedics when responding to a call at a specific address.
 
For more information:
For the Suburbs, look at the city website or call the non-emergency police department phone number in the city where you or your loved one lives.

For Chicago, read flyer,
Phone Number for All Offices: 312.899.0950  

Appointments are available in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Naperville, and Skokie, Illinois, or via video conferencing or telephone.