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November 2011

Who Are We?

Firm Profile



Janna Dutton, Kathryn C. Casey

Melissa Howitt, Lara A. Duda



Joshua Roma 


Client Care Coordinator:

Erin Vogt   

 How May We Assist You?

Asset Protection and Medicaid Eligibility

Care Navigation / Advocacy

Elder Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation Litigation 

Estate and Disability Planning



Mental Health Law

Probate Administration

Public Benefits 

Special Needs Planning

Trust Administration


Office Locations:


We understand the importance of being accessible.


 In addition to our main office in Downtown Chicago, we offer appointments 

in suburban locations.


 Main Office:

100 West Monroe

Suite 810
Chicago, IL 60603
phone: 312-899-0950


Suburban Locations: 
 Arlington Heights: 
phone: 847-906-3584



phone: 847-261-4708


Vernon Hills:

phone: 847-886-9456


General E-mail Address:



We offer video conferencing. 


At times, clients are homebound or they have family members who live outside the Chicagoland area.  With technology, we are able to serve these clients and still offer the opportunity to see each other face to face.

A Few of Our Professional Memberships




elder law foundation

Janna Dutton is 1 of only 8

Certified Elder Law Attorneys in Illinois.

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Dutton & Casey. P.C.
Advocates for Older Adults,
Persons with Disabilities,
and their Families.

 * Medicaid Update*

 In last month's newsletter, Janna Dutton discussed some of the issues in the process to implement the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), which will modify the Medicaid program. 


Much has occurred since our last newsletter. In order to keep you

up-to-date, Janna Dutton wrote:


"A Primer on the New Illinois Medicaid Regulations"

Effective January 1, 2012, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services ("Department") will implement extensive new rules affecting eligibility for long term care Medicaid coverage, namely, coverage of nursing home care, Supportive Living Facilities (Medicaid covered assisted living), and the Community Care Program (in-home services).


Click to read the entire document. AND, keep reading our newsletter as we will keep you up-to-date on this very important topic. 

 * Medicare D Open Enrollment *

Just a reminder, Medicare beneficiaries have until December 7 to enroll in, or change, Medicare D coverage. 


For Resources on Medicare D, please go to;

*Communicating End-of-Life Wishes Pays Off Where Aggressive Treatment   

Is the Norm  *

A new study finds that, when medical personnel know what kind of care a patient wants at the end of life, Medicare can be spared significant sums and the patient is more likely to die at home rather than in a hospital, at least in certain areas.


Click here to read the entire article.


Additional Resources

on End of Life Care: 

National Hospice/Pallative Care Organization

Medicare booklet regarding Hospice 

Resource for People who have Dementia

Booklet from National Institute on Aging

*Make Sure Your Power of Attorney Complies with Federal Privacy Law *  

A power of attorney and a health care proxy are two of the most important estate planning documents you can have, but in some instances they may be useless if they don't comply with the federal privacy law.


Read the entire article.


For answers to your questions on powers of attorney, please contact us  to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our attorneys.  

* More Information Planning for Man and Women's Best Friends *

In a recent newsletter, we reviewed  a book, Fat Cats and Lucky Dogs, which dealt with planning for the future  for pets. Because we receive questions on this subject, we are providing you more information.


Please click here for the article.

   Other Articles of Interest

Health Reform Law Creates New Opportunities to Support Family Caregivers


Protect Yourself, Loved Ones From Financial Abuse of the Elderly


Top 5 Reasons to Beware of Joint Ownership Between Generations


Information on Convenience Accounts, an alternative to Joint Accounts. (This article orignially appeared in our August, 2011 newsletter).  

 Upcoming Events * 

We Are Not Only A Law Firm,

We Are A Community Resource.


For information on our upcoming programs, resources, and more, click here to go to our website.

Dutton & Casey, P.C., Attorneys at Law


Advocates for Elders, Persons with a Disabilty, and their Families.