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Use the following articles and guides to help you make an informed decision. Please contact your Community Resource Consultant if you have questions.

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

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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