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YOUR LEGAL UPDATE FOR JULY 2013

 

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Our Attorneys
From left to right: 

Helen Mesoloras, Janna Dutton, Kathryn Casey, Hanny Pei.  

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING  

As much as no one wants to think about it, emergenciesESATE PLANNING WILLS happen. 

In preparation, the most important documents to put in place are durable powers of attorney for financial matters and health care decisions, so that a family member or trusted friend will have the authority to carry out your wishes if you can no longer speak or act for yourself.

 

However, there is much more to do to plan. It is no longer enough to simply prepare through traditional  estate planning. Death and taxes are guaranteed and require you to at least have an estate plan. However, with increasing rates of dementia and other chronic illnesses, disability planning has become equally important. A good estate plan should consider both the inevitability of death, the possibility of disability, and should make the management of your financial and personal affairs easy for your loved ones.

 

The attorneys at Dutton & Casey can assist you, and those you care about, plan for today and tomorrow.

 

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS 

In addition to legally planning, it is vital to prepare for emergencies in other ways. Additional resources are provided below.  

 

click here for resources from the American Geriatrics Society

 click here for resources from the American Red Cross.

click here for resources from the Center for Disease Control.

ILLINOIS PREMISE ALERT PROGRAM ACT  
On August 28, 2009, the Illinois Premise Alert Program Act (PAP)  became law in Illinois. The PAP is a safety program that supports individuals living with disabilities, as well as police and paramedics responding to calls at a specific address. This program requires 911 call centers to maintain a database of information about individuals with special needs when requested by families, caregivers, or the individuals themselves. The PAP assists local police departments in identifying individuals who have special needs, which will enable responding police officers and paramedics to have additional information at their disposal in the event of an emergency.
 
For more information on the Premise Alert Program, call the non-emergency police department phone number in the city where you live. 
ILLINOIS EXPANDS DO-NOT-RESUSCITATE (DNR) 
TO PHYSICIAN ORDERS FOR
LIFE SUSTAINING TREATMENT (POLST)

On March 14, 2013, the Illinois Department of Public Health released a  revised version of its "IDPH Uniform Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Advance Directive." The updated form is subtitled "Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment" (POLST) This form represents a widely recognized best practice that documents medical orders for life-extending treatments for seriously ill patients. POLST is now in use in 38 states with adoptions by Illinois and Indiana in 2013. It is intended to promote more patient-centered conversations between physicians/other healthcare professionals and the patient or legal surrogate.

 

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 RESOURCES FOR DRIVERS
Yellow Dot Program
In the moments directly following a crash, every minute counts. The Illinois Yellow Dot Program alerts first responders to the availably of important medical information.  With the program, simply fill out a medical card, which contains a photo, emergency contact information, the name of their personal physician, any medical conditions, a list of recent surgeries, any allergies, and current medications being taken. After you fill out your card and place it in your glove box, you simply place your yellow dot sticker on your back window. 

 

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Emergency Contact Database

The Illinois Secretary of State's office established the Emergency Contact Database in July 2009. The database allows Illinois driver's license, instruction permits, and ID cardholders to enter emergency contact information into a voluntary, secure database. In the event of a motor vehicle crash or other emergency situation when a person is unable to communicate directly, law enforcement may access the database to help them reach the person's designated contacts.

 

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   UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Administering a Special Needs Trust 

Attorney Janna Dutton will provide information on the duties oeventsf the administrator of a special needs trust. It is important for family members who put special needs trusts in place to understand what is required of the trust administrator in order to be certain that the right person is selected to fulfill this important job. In addition, it is good for the trust administrator to understand their obligations and what is required of them in this role.

Presenter: Janna Dutton, JD

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013

Time: 10:30 AM- Noon

Location: CJE Senior Life, 3003 West Touhy, Chicago, Illinois. This program is being sponsored by the Linkages Program at CJE Senior Life.

Registration: There is no charge to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please contact Rosann Corcoran at 773-508-1694.  

 

Have a Say in Your Future

What are Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts, Wills? How can you assist yourself and your family now? and ... if care is needed in the future? For answers to these and other questions, plan on attending this session!

Presenter: Hanny Pei, JD

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2013

Program: 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Location: City of Chicago's Central West Regional Senior Center, 2102 West Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60612

Registration: There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please call 312-746-5300 to register

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 UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR PROFESSIONALS
Elder Law and Ethics, 2013

This will offer an interactive presentation and case studies of elder law & ethics topics such as:

  • Determination of decisional capacity
  • Risk factors for neglect, abuse, exploitation, and undue influence
  • Solutions for helping those at risk
  • Medicaid

Presenter: Janna Dutton, JD

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Registration: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Program: 9:00 AM - 12 Noon

Location: Abington, 3901 Glenview Rd., Glenview, Illinois                       

Continuing Education: This program will award 3.0 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Nurses. This this program satisfys the Illinois social worker 3 hour ethics requirement. 

Registration: There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required and remaining seating is very limited. click here to register.

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Are You Prepared to Serve All Seniors? Think Again.

As professionals, we are very aware of the challenges faced by an aging population, especially those who are frail or ill. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals facing a health crisis, the challenges are often magnified. Out of fear, both real and perceived, many LGBT seniors delay or avoid getting the care they need.

 

This training, offered through the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and sponsored by Dutton & Casey, the Senior and Community Resource Center at St. Alexius Medical Center, Center on Halsted, and Elderwerks, will provide you with information and resources to best serve LGBT older adults and address the unique challenges faced by this community. The training will include group discussion, interactive small group activities and break-out sessions.

 

Presenter: Britta Larson, M. NH, Senior Services Director at the Center on Halsted

Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

Registration: 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Presentation: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: St. Alexius Medical Center, 1555 Barrington Rd., Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Continuing Education: This program will award 4.0 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Nurses.

Registration: There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required and seating is very limited. Click here to register.

 

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 Elder Law and Ethics, 2013

 Please join us for an interactive presentation and case studies of elder law & ethics topics, such as:

  • Determination of decisional capacity
  • Risk factors for neglect, abuse, exploitation, and undue influence
  • Solutions for helping those at risk
  • Medicaid

Presenter: Kathryn C. Casey, JD

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Registration: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Program: 9:00 AM - 12 Noon

Location: Friendship Village, 350 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Illinois

Continuing Education: This program will award 3.0 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Nurses, and will satisfy the Illinois social worker 3 hour ethics requirement.

Registration: There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required and remaining seating is very limited. click here to register.  

   

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