February 2022
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This month we will be sharing content about adult and minor guardianship, elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. At Dutton Casey & Mesoloras, our attorneys not only represent clients in guardianship cases, but we also serve as Guardian Ad Litem: a court-appointed advocate during guardianship cases. As well, we represent clients in litigation cases involving elder abuse and financial exploitation.

Our Client Care Coordinator, Monica DiOrio, has served as a guardian representative for an elder law firm in Indianapolis and has worked as an Adult Protective Services Caseworker. During those roles and her other experience in the field, Monica is well-equipped to speak with potential and current clients on the guardianship process or concerns related to elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

You can contact Monica directly at 312-371-0954 or call our main office for assistance. Be sure to check us out on social media for more content!
Guardianship Overview
If you are not familiar with guardianship, a great place to start is our overview video on the topic! Visit our videos page to learn about guardianship and other related topics as presented by Partner Amy Gjesdahl and Partner Melissa Kallio.

You can also visit our website to learn about our guardianship practice and how to get started.
When Can Someone Be Declared Legally Incompetent?

Guardianship is dependent on one's cognitive capacity. What constitutes "capacity" and are there standards to determine incapacity? This article gives an introduction to these concepts.
Abuse, Neglect, Financial Exploitation

In addition to our guardianship services, Dutton Casey & Mesoloras has experience representing clients in litigation cases related to elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Oftentimes such cases are a result of an Adult Protective Services (APS) investigation. Our Client Care Coordinator, Monica DiOrio, worked as an APS caseworker before joining our firm and is passionate about serving vulnerable adults. Partner Amy Gjesdahl shares this passion and focuses her practice on complex guardianship and adult protective services cases, which involve such things as financial exploitation.

If you would like to discuss a case related to elder abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, please call Monica directly at 312-371-0954 or call the main office.
APS Resources
Adult Protective Service agencies are located throughout Illinois and managed by the Illinois Department on Aging. Not sure if you need to report a case? Call the senior helpline at 1-800-252-8966.

You can also get more information, such as what is financial exploitation, by visiting the National Adult Protective Services Association website.
Resources and Awareness
Court Rules Medicare Beneficiaries Can Appeal Switch to Hospital Observation Status

A federal court has ruled that hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries who were switched from inpatient to observation status can appeal the decision, making it easier for them to receive coverage for subsequent nursing home care. 

This is important because prior to this ruling, patients who were admitted under observation would be billed under Medicare Part B instead of being billed under Medicare Part A, which covers inpatient services. This means patients would owe a co-payment for every service offered. The total co-payment could be much larger than the one-time deductible patients have to pay under Part A. Read the full article here.
Black History Month
February is Black History Month. This month, we take time to learn more about Black History and how to advocate where needed. If you are interested in learning more, including finding virtual events or book recommendations, visit the link below:

Connect with Us!
Our attorneys are available to present on a variety of topics, either for CEUs or to community members and families. See what's coming up in 2022 by visiting our Events page.

If you are interested in partnering with us for a community or professional presentation, please contact Monica DiOrio at: mdiorio@duttonelderlaw.com or call the office at 312-899-0950.
Phone Number: 312-899-0950  

Office locations: Arlington Heights, Chicago, Naperville, and Skokie, Illinois. Appointments available via video conferencing or telephone.
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