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

Phone: 312.899.0950  and 847.261.4708

Janna Dutton, Kathryn Casey, Helen Mesoloras
Michaela Franco, Amy Gjesdahl, Melissa LaPointe

Tina Gil,  Angela Montgomery,  David Reich,  Erin Vogt
October is Special Needs Law Month

T he National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month every October. This recognition was started, and continues to emphasize, education and awareness of the legal options for people who have a disability and their loved ones.   

All of our attorneys, who are active members of NALEA,  assist clients and families with:

Benefits Planning (state and federal  public benefit systems)
Special Needs Trusts, including ABLE Accounts
Estate Planning (powers of attorney, wills, trusts)
Personal Injury Settlements (preparation of special needs trusts to ensure public benefits are not affected)

September was Disaster Preparedness Month - 
Disasters Don't Plan Ahead,   But YOU Can. 
Not only is it important to prepare your physical environment, it is important to LEGALLY prepare for the future.
Read an article, Legal Care for Your Future.  

The attorneys and staff of Dutton Casey & Mesoloras concentrate in helping you, and those you love, plan for today...and tomorrow.

Educational Programs for Community Members and Professionals

Topics include:

  • Legal Care for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition
  • Paying for Long-Term Care
  • Prepare to Care
  • Have a Say in Your Future: Advice from an Elder Law Attorney
  • Outsmarting the Grammy Scammers 
The Department of Veterans Affairs Established Asset Limits and Transfer Penalties for Needs-Based Benefits - Going Into Effect on October 18, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finalized new rules that establish an asset limit,a look-back period, and asset transfer penalties for claimants applying for VA needs-based benefits. This is a change from current regulations, which do not contain a prohibition on transferring assets prior to applying for benefits such as Aid and Attendance. Learn more.

Firm News
Congratulations to Melissa LaPointe and Dan Kallio who were married in August. 

Melissa, who has been with the firm since 2013, became an attorney because she "wante d to work with people and have a positive impact on their lives". She definitely does! 
Learn more about Melissa and how she assists others.

Medicare's Open Enrollment Period (OEP)  is October 15  - December 7, 2018 . If you're already enrolled in a Medicare plan this is the time of year where you can  re-evaluate  your coverage to make sure you are still enrolled in the best plan for your needs.

Over the next few weeks, leading up to and during the Medicare OEP you'll receive notices from your current Medicare plan, the  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and advertisements from other Medicare companies claiming to offer the best plans. All this information can be overwhelming and as tempting as it may be to lump is with the junk mail and throw it away, that may not be the best idea. There are a lot of changes occurring with Medicare this year and to stay informed you need to review all the notices provided by your insurance company and CMS.

The older you get, the harder it is to qualify for long-term care insurance. If you are interested in buying this insurance, it is better to act sooner rather than later. Read more. 
Phone: 312.899.0950  

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


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