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

Staff:
Vicky Fleming, K arina Hernandez,
Justin Speer, Erin Vogt

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

Phone Number for All Locations:
312-899-0950
naela logo
elder law foundation
June 2020
June is Alzheimer's Disease and Brain Awareness Month.

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and other forms of dementia are not a normal part of aging.

Read information from National Institute on Aging regarding possible ways to prevent dementia; and information on what AD is from National Institute on Aging , Alzheimer's Association.

For people who have been diagnosed with a form of dementia, not only do they need to prepare medically, they need to prepare legally. We can assist and are honored to do so.

Read an article regarding legal planing for living with a chronic medical condition written by Janna Dutton. If you are interested in an article regarding communication break down with dementia, written by Erin Vogt, LCSW, CMC, our client coordinator, send her an email.
June 15, 2020 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Each year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited. Older Americans lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation. Unfortunately, it occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are discovered .

How Do We Advocate for Victims?
 
We represent victims and their families by:    
  • Freezing assets at risk of exploitation
  • Requiring agents to account for handling of funds
  • Taking emergency action to protect victims' health
  • Appointing guardians for future protection
  • Pursuing perpetrators of financial exploitation

  We represent Adult Protective Services (APS) agencies by:
  • Obtaining in-person access to victims for APS caseworkers
  • Freezing assets at risk of exploitation
  • Requiring agents to account for handling of funds
  • Obtaining consent for protective services
  • Appointing guardians for emergency action
  • Appointing guardians for future protection
  • Providing training to APS caseworkers

Special Needs Planning

I f you have a child, of any age, who has a disability, the need to plan for your future, as well as theirs, is now! People with a disability, most often, have increased financial and care needs, so ensuring their long-term welfare can be tricky. Kathryn Casey is an active member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and can assist you and people you love. Learn more
Legal Essentials for Today and Beyond; Guardianship & Alternatives; Outsmarting the Granny Scammers are being offered in June and July. Learn more
In honor of LGBT+ Pride Month, Kathryn Casey & Jacqueline Boyd, LGBTQ+ advocate and founder of the The Care Plan are presenting "Take Pride in Your Future' on June 9, 2020 . Learn more.
Karina Hernandez, Receptionist

When you call the office, Karina is the person who answers, she welcomes you when you come to our Chicago office, processes the mail, and much, much more.

Social media is the most important innovation Karina has witnessed in her lifetime, she loves to cook and bake, and the super power she wishes she has is the ability to time travel.
Father's Day 2020

Instead of giving your dad a "traditional" gift, give the gift of helping him have a say in his future with powers of attorney, will, trust, and other resources. And, while you are at it, give yourself this gift.

No one likes to think about not having the ability to make healthcare or financial decisions, but it happens. Our current healthcare environment, COVID-19, visitation restrictions, etc. have made many people much more aware of this.

Estate planning is not 'only' for the wealthy. It is for anyone over age 18. 

Our attorneys work closely with clients to develop a plan that addresses all planning issues, from the financial to the personal; a plan that is custom, yet flexible, and a plan that is both easy for our clients to understand and for their loved ones to administer. Learn more.
Phone: 312.899.0950  

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