Janna Dutton, Kathryn Casey,
Helen Mesoloras, Amy Gjesdahl,
Melissa Kallio, Samantha Zullo

Vicky Fleming, Administrator
Karina Hernandez, Legal Assistant
Monica Westlake, Administrative Assistant
Erin Vogt, LCSW, CMC, Client Coordinator

Appointments Are Available In:
Arlington Heights, Chicago,
Naperville, Skokie Illinois 
and via phone and video conferencing. 

Contact Information for All Locations:
Phone - 312-899-0950

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May 2021
Since John F. Kennedy’s Presidential Proclamation in 1963, May has been designated as a specific month to show support to older adults. And, since its founding in 1987, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) has recognized May as National Elder Law Month.

The law firm of Dutton Casey & Mesoloras, founded in 1989 by Janna Dutton, the first elder law attorney in Illinois, provides comprehensive and personally tailored services. Clients depend on their compassion, commitment, and respect to craft a customized plan to serve their unique needs.

Did you know? Partners Janna Dutton, Kathryn Casey, and Helen Mesoloras are three of only a few Certified Elder Law Attorneys in Illinois. Melissa Kallio and Helen Mesoloras serve on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Medicaid's Coverage of Nursing Home Care
For better and for worse, Medicaid is the primary method of paying for nursing home care in the United States. But navigating the Medicaid system is complicated and confusing.

Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, seniors, and people with disabilities. In the absence of any other public program covering long-term care (Medicare provides only limited nursing home coverage), Medicaid has become the default nursing home insurance of the middle class. Lacking access to alternatives, such as paying privately or being covered by a long-term care insurance policy, most people pay out of their own pockets for long-term care until they become eligible for Medicaid. Each state operates its own Medicaid system, but this system must conform to federal guidelines in order for the state to receive federal money, which pays for about half the state's Medicaid costs. (The state picks up the rest of the tab.) Read more.

Our attorneys and staff can assist you and / or someone you care about to plan for today and the future Please review our website or contact Erin Vogt, LCSW, CMC, our Client Coordinator, for information. Register for the program, being held May 25, regarding paying for long-term care.
Upcoming Programs

  • May 25 -"Paying for Long-Term Care - Uncovering the Medicare Myths
  • June 9 - "Documents You Don't Think You Need; Until You Do"
  • June 9 - "Take Pride in Your Future: Legal Planning for LGBTQ+ Clients
  • June 17 -"Don't Be A Victim"
  • June 24- Wills and Trusts; What They Are, How They Work, and Much More

May is National Aging Life Care Month
Aging Life Care / care management is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for others. ALCA members differ from Patient Advocates, Senior Advisors, Senior Navigators, and Elder Advocates and must meet stringent education, experience, and certification requirements and are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics.  
Our Client Coordinator, Erin Vogt, is a licensed clinical social worker, certified care manager, and member of the ACLA. She 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, and much more.

President Biden has signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law. Among it's benefits are $1,400 checks that are already landing in the bank accounts or mailboxes of most Americans to help them weather the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Recipients with disabilities who rely on government benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid may want to consider putting some or all of the money into an ABLE account.

Please contact us for assistance with ABLE Accounts and many other aspects of Special Needs Law. This is a specialized area of law that involves representing, counseling, and assisting people who have a disability and their loved ones. Attorneys address the client's perspective from a holistic viewpoint by discussing legal, medical, financial, social, and family issues.
Phone Number for Locations: 312.899.0950  

Appointments are available in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Naperville, and Skokie, Illinois, or via video conferencing or telephone.