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Legal Issues to Consider While Aging Video 

Attorney Kerry Peck of Peck Ritchey will be discussing Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Probate, and Guardianship. He will provide examples of poor estate planning with celebrities.

Digital Death: Who Manages Your Online Accounts? 

By Chicago Caregiving Magazine

The Other Bucket List- 25 Documents Nobody Should be Without 

Presented by Attorney Kerry Peck, Managing Partner, Peck Ritchey, LLC It is time to get organized! Getting the proper documents filled out correctly and having them organized will help give you and your family peace of mind during emergency situations. Avoid having to scramble to find and organize an assortment of documents including wills, power of attorney, disparate bank accounts, insurance policies and brokerage accounts during emergency situations when stress and frustrations are already heightened. This program will list some essential documents to add to your bucket list. Presented August 13, 2020 at the Elderwerks Virtual Senior Fair

COVID and the Law 

Presented by Patrick Kenneally , McHenry County State's Attorney at Elderwerks Senior Fair 2020. After the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a series of executive orders to slow the spread of the virus and prevent overload of the state’s health care system. These orders limited the size of public gatherings, suspended certain laws and agency operations, closed schools and nonessential businesses, and ordered residents to stay at home. Where do these executive powers come from and what is and isn’t allowed?

How Recent Legal Changes Impact Your Retirement & Estate Planning 

Presented by Jonathan Thornton, Attorney, Bruning & Associates, P.C. Attendees will learn how the new SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) passed into law January 1, 2020, will impact their retirement and estate planning going forward. Presented on August 12, 2020 at the Elderwerks Virtual Senior Fair

Planning for an Aging Loved One 

Presented by Kathryn Casey, Certified Elder Law Attorney & Partner, Dutton Casey & Mesoloras PC, Attorneys at Law at Elderwerks Senior Fair 2020

Elder and Family Mediation 

Good article describing why it might be better for a family to mediate rather than go to court.

Trusts, Wills and Estate Planning During Uncertain Times 

Presented by Mary Kay Furiasse, A to Z Law at Elderwerks Senior Fair 2020

Practitioners Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Information 

Improving care through the use of advance directives enables individuals and those closest to them a fuller array of care options. The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) was developed to translate (and make portable) advance directives into a physician’s order that could be followed by clinicians to provide for here and now needs of patients with advanced illness or frailty.

Key Talking Points for POLST Illinois 

New POLST form from IDPH. POLST stands for Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment and is a signed medical order for documenting the life-sustaining treatment wishes of seriously ill patients. It travels with the patient

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