Phone 312.899.0950  847.261.4808

79 West Monroe Street, Suite 1320
Chicago, Illinois  60603
April 2015

Advocating For Vulnerable Adults -

An Important Part of Dutton & Casey

It might be too late to assist the family of Ernie Banks, whose will was changed in 2014 to the benefit of his caregiver, but this new statutory tool will protect others from being victimized by non-family caregivers of persons requiring care. Attorney Janna Dutton, an active advocate for vulnerable adults for over 30 years, as a member of the Illinois National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys has written a new section of the Probate Act, "Presumptively Void Transfers", which addresses this issue.    read more.   

Another Way...

Since January 2014, Dutton & Casey, and in collaboration with the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, has been assisting the Cook County Adult Protective Services (APS) agencies with specific legal functions, at no charge.  

In addition, we represent the APS agencies in their efforts to protect vulnerable adults. 

Click here to learn one such case that PLOWS Council on Aging and Attorney Hanny Pei-Rodriguez worked on together. 

Yet Another Way...
Erin Vogt

To further assist our clients, we offer Care Navigation and Advocacy...a service that is designed to help with decision making and establishing and maintaining quality care. Erin Vogt, a licensed clinical social worker and certified care manager, supports both our clients and attorneys by providing comprehensive assessments, family caregiver advocacy and education, and the resource information needed for the client and family to understand and make decisions. 

Erin meets with clients and their loved ones,  where they are, whether that is at their personal home, assisted/supportive living, long-term care facility, home of a loved one, or the hospital. learn more 

National Healthcare Decisions Day - April 16, 2015

National Healthcare Decisions Day

(NHDD) is a national initiative to encourage adults of all ages to plan ahead of a health crisis. Making decisions ahead of time and putting your wishes in writing can bring peace of mind to families as It helps to avoid the difficult situations that are so common when a person becomes seriously ill and the family is left to guess what their loved one would have wanted.


click here to read more


click here to read about the changes to the Illinois Healthcare Power of Attorney form that changed on January 1, 2015


The traditional way to communicate one's wishes is through an advance directive. While these are a good start, they may not guarantee that wishes are honored.

A POLST form (provider orders for life sustaining treatment) is intended for a person is serious ill or with a life-limiting illness. It is a signed medical order reflecting a person's wishes that goes with the person across settings of care that must be honored by all healthcare providers. 

 read information specific to Illinois on POLST

Nursing Home Admission Agreements

Admitting a loved one to a nursing home can be very stressful. 

In addition to dealing with a sick family member and managing all the details involved with the move, you must decide whether to sign all the papers the nursing home is giving you. Nursing home admission agreements can be complicated and confusing. learn more 

obtain a copy of "A Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home (from Center for Medicare and Medicaid"


learn how the attorneys at Dutton & Casey can assist you.


learn about care plan meetings.

Upcoming Educational Programs 
  • events Legal Issues for Family Caregivers
  • Understanding The Surrogate Decision Makers
  • Dementia, Elder Law and Ethics
  • Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition
  • Prepare to Care
  • much more.....
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Did you know the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation  distributes FREE phones and TTYs to any Illinois resident with a certified hearing loss and local residential phone service? There are 5 different amplified phones from which to choose. Also available is the CapTel (captioned phone) loan program. more information
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