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LEGAL UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 2012
ATTORNEY HANNY PEI

Partners Janna Dutton and Kathryn C. Casey welcome

Attorney Hanny Pei to the firm.

 

Hanny focuses on guardianship estates, special needs planning, special needs trusts, Medicaid planning, elder abuse and neglect litigation, and decedent's estate and trust administration.

 

Like all of the attorneys at Dutton & Casey, Hanny enjoys working her clients and their families to develop and implement plans to achieve their goals, and guiding her clients in every step of their plan.

 

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Welcome Hanny!

 

MEDICAID UPDATE

In January, 2012, new regulations became effective in Illinois,   substantially changing eligibility for Medicaid coverage for long-term care. Although effective in January, the local offices of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the agency making determinations of eligibility for Medicaid, did not implement these new regulations until July, 2012.

 

Additionally, in June of 2012, Governor Quinn signed into law Medicaid reform, the STAMP Act, which also made several significant changes to eligibility for Medicaid long term care coverage. Both the new regulations and the STAMP Act were implemented on July 1, 2012. 

 

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MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT

It's not too early to plan. For 2013, Medicare open enrollmentMEDICARE CARD  is   from October 14-December 7, 2012. During this time, people can enroll, or change their coverage, for Medicare D plans (Medicare Prescription Discount Programs), Medicare supplements, and more. 

 

Resources:

www.medicare.gov

www.medicareinteractive.org

1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-548-9034)

Illinois Department on Aging, 1-800-252-8966 or  website to locate a Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP). 

Illinois Department on Insurance, 1-800-548-9034,   website to locate a Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

 

IRS TO CRACK DOWN ON IRA TAX RULES

If you have an individual retirement account, now is the time to  make sure you have been complying with tax rules. The Internal Revenue Service is going to start cracking down on individual retirement accounts in an effort to collect penalties from taxpayers who do not follow rules regarding maximum contributions and minimum distributions.

 

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LEGAL DO-IT-YOURSELF WEBSITES ARE NO MATCH FOR A PRO, CONSUMER REPORTS CONCLUDES

After road testing three leading Web sites that help you create your own will, power of attorney, and other important legal documents, Consumer Reports has concluded that none of the will-writing products is likely to entirely meet your needs unless those needs are extremely simple.

 

read moreLOGO JULY 2012 LOW RES 

 

The attorneys at Dutton & Casey concentrate in estate planning, such as powers of attorneys, trusts, wills, and much more.  Click here to learn how we can assist you and/or someone whom you care about.

FIVE THINGS TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR SPOUSE BEFORE YOU RETIRE

You may have a vision for your retirement, but does your spouse  share that vision? A recent study found that spouses often disagree about many key retirement details. It is important to work together to come up with a plan you both can accept.

 

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NEW TOLL-FREE HELPLINE PHONE NUMBER FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS WHO HAVE A DISABILITY

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a new   toll-free helpline to provide information for passengers who have a disability and/or medical conditions and their families, before they fly.  They recommend calling at least 72 hours in advance to learn what to expect at security checkpoints. They will also be able to coordinate your security screening ahead of time when they know of your condition(s). 

 

Phone: 1-855-787-2274

ERIN'S CORNER 

As the Client Care Coordinator for  Dutton & Casey, I am fortunate to assist our clients in many ways.

 

One way is connecting our clients with organizations that can assist them in their lives.  An organization that I have been referring to for many years is Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other, Inc.

  

Led by Co-Founder and President Mickey Clancy and Executive Director Christine Winiecki, Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other, known as SSEEO,  is a statewide survivor-led advocacy, support, education and resource organization for stroke survivors, their families, and friends.  Because SSEEO is run by survivors, caregivers and others who have been touched by stroke, they understand what people are going through. Their motto is:  Listen & Support, Educate & Learn, Advocate & Change. 

 

By applying their motto to everything they do, they support survivors through their website, peer visitation, toll-free teleconferences and on Facebook. They educate with a newsletter, an annual conference, and by consulting healthcare professionals when they receive questions.  In addition, they advocate on policy changes, participate in stroke advisory meetings, and public policy events. 

 

 

For more information about SSEEO, please go to seeo.org, or call 1-888-988-8047

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS

 

Understanding Medicaid

This is all about Medicaid, a very important program for many people but, it can be VERY confusing. Kathryn Casey's presentation style and level of knowledge on this topic make her an excellent person to present. 

Presenter: Attorney and Partner Kathryn C. Casey

Date: 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Time: 

7:00 pm

Location: 

Barrington Public Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL 60110

Registration: This program is sponsored by the Barrington Area Council on Aging. Please contact 847.381.5030 to register or click here. 

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FOR PROFESSIONALS

 

The Tenth Annual Conference on Contemporary Catholic Healthcare Ethics End of Life Care & Institutional Identity in the Catholic Tradition. Session Topic: Legal Aspects Affecting Caregiver Burden

Presenters: Attorney and Partner Kathryn C. Casey and Client Care Coordinator Erin Vogt

Date: October 11, 2012

Location: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

For More Information: please click here.

 

 

Guardianship, Powers of Attorney, and Undue Influence

Presenter: Attorney and Partner Kathryn C. Casey

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Time: 10:00-Noon

Location: Orland Park Police Department. This training is for police officers and is being offered in conjunction with the Elderly Services Officers' Training through the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

 

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Legal Planning for Family Caregivers: What Professionals Need to Know

This session will answer fundamental legal questions common to all caregivers responsible for taking care of individuals who are unable to care for themselves. What are the duties and authorities under a Power of Attorney for Property, Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Living Trust or Living Will? How does the law allow for a person to manage another person's finances and healthcare? Is it possible for your clients to avoid legal pitfalls as a caregiver? What legal options are still available in planning and paying for long term care? How can caregivers utilize Medicare, Medicaid, long term care insurance and personal care contracts to maximize an incapacitated person's quality of life.

 

Presenter: Attorney and Partner Janna Dutton

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2012

Time: 8:30am-9:00 am (Registration) 9:00am-10:00am (Program)

Location: North Grove Manor, 5520 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 60053.

Registration: There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required.  Space is limited.

 

One hour of continuing education credit will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Counselors, and Nurses.

 

Click here to register:

 

 

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Elder Law and Ethics, 2012

This interactive presentation will cover such topics as:

risk factors for neglect, abuse, exploitation, and undue influence; solutions for helping those at risk; changes to Medicaid (DRA); determination of decisional capacity; and much more

Presenter: Attorney and Partner Kathryn C. Casey

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Time: 8:30am - 9:00 am (Registration). 9:00am - Noon (Program)

Location: The Park at Vernon Hills, 145 N. Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Registration: There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Space is limited.

 

Three hours of continuing education credits will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Counselors, and Nurses. This program satisfies the three-hour ethics requirement for Social Workers.

 

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Appointments with our attorneys are available in
Arlington Heights, Chicago, Skokie and Vernon Hills, Illinois.