Phone: 312.899.0950  and 847.261.4708

Attorneys at Dutton Casey & Mesoloras:
Janna Dutton, Kathryn Casey, Helen Mesoloras
Michaela Franco, Amy Gjesdahl, Melissa LaPointe

Tina Gil, Angela Montgomery,  David Reich, Erin Vogt
Mid Summer 2018
medicaid oct 2011
Do You Know that Even Gifts Allowed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Are Subject to a Penalty for Medicaid?
With the increase in 2018 of the amount that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows a person to gift free from gift tax reporting, from $14,000 per person to $15,000 per person, per tax year, there is greater opportunity for tax-free gifting. However, a person who applies for Medicaid to pay for supportive living or nursing home care is subject to the "five-year lookback".  Learn more.  Read an article about working with an elder law attorney for Medicaid
Educational Programs for Community Members and Professionals


Topics include

  • Legal Care for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition
  • Paying for Long-Term Care
  • Who Decides When Your Client / Patient Can't?
  • Prepare to Care
  • The Impact of Having a Say in Your Future
  • Legal Remedies for Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation 
What Does Our Client Care Coordinator Do? 
In addition to our  6 attorneys , Erin Vogt , who is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified care manager, serves as our Client Care Coordinator. She talks with all individuals who contact our firm for assistance and, after the client meets with the attorney, can meet with the client at any location - literally: a private home, acute care, long-term care, or rehabilitation hospitals; an assisted or independent living community; or a skilled nursing/rehabilitation facility. In addition, she is accessible to clients and their loved ones when questions or new issues arise.
Our attorneys rely on Erin's input regarding how our client is handling his or her personal range of health conditions; living situations, and countless other issues.  She takes time to assess what level of services would be helpful, whom the client and loved ones can rely on for various kinds of support, and whether the current plan is sustainable. When it is not, she helps to make modifications.  The values of our clients are the priority. 
As the attorneys develop comprehensive legal and financial plans, Erin focuses on building a client-centered care plan that starts with the needs, goals, values, and wishes of the client within the limits of available resources. This team approach creates the best-customized road map for our clients. Every situation is truly unique but, by working together, we strive to coordinate the best plan for each and every client.  Learn more
Older parents are becoming more common, driven in part by changing cultural mores and advances in infertility treatment. But, later-in-life parents have some special estate planning and retirement considerations. Read more.   Read an article on estate planning.   Read an article on working with an elder law attorney for estate planning.
Choosing Retirement Account Beneficiaries Requires Som
Tho ught
While the execution of wills requires formalities like witnesses and  a n otary,the  reality is that most property passes to heirs through other, less formal means.  Click here to read more
The Little-Known Tax on Roth 401(k) Distributions

There are two main types of employee retirement savings plans: the traditional 401(k) and the Roth 401(k). Distributions from a Roth 401(k) are usually tax-free, but there is a little-known situation where distributions can be taxed. Learn more
Do You Help Handle Another Person's Money? 
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulates the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the federal consumer financial laws and educates and empowers consumers to make better informed financial decisions. They offer many helpful resources, including ones that focus on handling another person's money, Learn more.
Phone: 312.899.0950  

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