October 2022



We are excited to announce that we have opened a satellite office in Libertyville!

At Dutton Casey & Mesoloras, we serve all of Chicagoland and can now extend our in-person services to Lake County. Partner Melissa Kallio, JD, CELA, will be the main attorney at this office. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation or coordinating a presentation for your organization in the Lake County area, please contact us at contact@duttonelderlaw.com

Just a reminder that we also have offices in Arlington Heights, Naperville, and Skokie, in addition to our main office in the Loop. 

We are so excited to be formally joining the Lake County community! 

Legal Information & Resources

Long-term Planning after a Dementia Diagnosis


A diagnosis of dementia, a category of diseases affecting memory and thinking that includes Alzheimer’s disease, can feel overwhelming and upsetting. You might worry that you will lose control over your life and ability to make your own decisions. Fortunately, receiving a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s does not mean that you cannot execute legal documents or make decisions about plans for your future finances and health care.

People with dementia can execute legal documents to plan for their futures when they have the mental state — or capacity — to do so. 

Read the full article here.

"The Forgotten Middle"

Seniors who have an income above the Medicaid threshold but lack a high enough income to have substantial personal savings are considered “The Forgotten Middle.” These are elders who are more likely to struggle to afford long-term care that may become necessary as they age.

According to a recent analysis by NORC at the University of Chicago, which updates results from its 2019 “The Forgotten Middle” study, the number of individuals who will fall into this middle-income bracket as seniors will grow by nearly 90 percent over the next 10 years. It will also be more racially and ethnically diverse, comprising more than 22 percent of people of color.

Come 2033, the report states that 16 million seniors aged 75 and older will be struggling to cover the cost of health care and housing — all while becoming increasingly likely to require greater caregiver support.

Read the full article here.

As a reminder, Dutton Casey & Mesoloras practices in long-term care planning for those who are planning to be on Medicaid and will also complete Medicaid applications. Learn more about these services here


National Estate Planning Month

October is Estate Planning Awareness Month with National Estate Planning Awareness Week being October 17 - 23, 2022. As you may know, Dutton Casey & Mesoloras practices in Estate Planning and has over 165 combined years of legal experience. We also have a wealth of resources around estate planning, including articles and videos.

Give us a call at 312-899-0950 or email us at contact@duttonelderlaw.com to learn more about how we can assist you. 

Additional DCM Information

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Did you know we have numerous other resources available to you?

A mission of ours is to make elder law accessible through community presentations, blogs, and articles.
Community Presentations
Our attorneys want to make everything elder law more accessible. One way we to that is by educating the community through our speaking engagements. To get a list of our 2022 topics or schedule us, please contact Monica DiOrio at: mdiorio@duttonelderlaw.com or call the office at 312-899-0950.

To find out what we have coming up, visit the Events page on our website.
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Office locations: Arlington Heights, Chicago, Naperville, and Skokie, Illinois. Appointments available via video conferencing or telephone.
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