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Janna S. Dutton

Elder law Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1979
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Elder law covers all aspects of planning, counseling, education, and advocating. We are a resource to our clients as we understand clients’ needs may extend beyond basic legal services. This area of law encompasses all aspects of planning for aging and requires a practitioner to be particularly sensitive to the legal issues impacting clients and their loved ones.

    11 years

  2. Estate planning
    It is no longer enough to simply prepare for death through traditional estate planning methods. Death and taxes are guaranteed and require you to at least have an estate plan. However, with increasing rates of dementia and other chronic illnesses, disability planning has become equally important. A good estate plan should consider both the inevitability of death, the possibility of disability, and should make the management of your financial and personal affairs easy for your loved ones.

    11 years

  3. Guardianship
    Guardianship is a legal process where a disabled person receives a court appointed guardian to manage her financial and legal affairs. It is often inevitable where a disabled person has lost the ability to manage their own affairs and does not have a power of attorney to manage their affairs for them. It is also an effective option for a disabled person who is being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous power of attorney, caregiver, or family member.

    11 years

  4. Medicaid and medicare
    Caring for an aging or disabled loved one can have devastating consequences for a family, leaving spouses destitute and causing children to spend their own savings caring for ailing parents.

  5. Probate
    We have the expertise to help you navigate all of the intricacies of probate, including: trust administration, will contests, statutory custodial claims, small estate affidavits, and the issues affecting disabled beneficiaries.

I have been practicing in the area of estate planning, probate, and elder law for more than 35 years and as a result, I have a wealth of experience that allows me to skillfully navigate through a diverse assortment of legal matters. I am certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as an elder law attorney, and have held this certification since 1995

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Posted by Ruth | February 9, 2018
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Extremely Knowledgeable and Thorough
I was fortunate enough to have found Janna Dutton through a friend who had used her for her parent’s situation. Janna did a wonderful job on my behalf dealing with estate issues and helped me to make proper and important decisions regarding property distributions. Her guidance brought definite positive results and my confidence in her ability and judgement were quite high. I cannot praise her enough for walking me through a most difficult situation. Her legal background and expertise were most obvious throughout my dealings with her. Janna is truly a professional who takes pride in her work and truly cares about her clients and their best interest. Her knowledge of Elder Law and Estate Planning can not be stronger. She and her entire Firm come highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2016
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An invaluable resource
Dutton and Casey were an invaluable resource and team during my late mother's time in assisted living, nursing home and hospital. Our family unexpectedly needed assistance with ALL aspects of elder care law: neglect, abuse, mental health law, contracts, Medicare, HIPAA, estate and probate matters. Janna Dutton and her team provided unparalleled assistance in all matters of elder care law and quality of care - I was so impressed by the depth and breadth of knowledge, compassion and level of advocacy the entire team provided. They served our mother as a member of their own family - the intelligence, acumen, timeliness, loyalty, tenacity and expertise they brought to all matters was simply unbelievable whether in person, online or on phone. I can honestly say I don't know what I would have done without them - and am happy to give unqualified recommendation for Janna Dutton and her team."
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2015
Knowledgeable, Trustworthy and Compassionate
Janna did my Living Will,Trust and Power of Attorney documents. I found her to be very knowledgeable, and she made sure I understood all the legal language and every aspect of what was involved. She made the process painless. I would recommend her without hesitation. She genuinely cares about her clients and is a great advocate for them.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2015
I will never forget your help.
I am truly grateful for your help with my parents during the last 3 years and compassion during my parents last days. I will never forget it.
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2014
I Dont Know What We Would Have Done Without Your Support
“We wanted to express our thanks for all the help we received from you and the firm since we first met some three years ago. Your guidance and support was greatly appreciated. I don't know what we would have done without it.”
Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2014
A Caring Expert
The assistance, including support and education, you provided to my family and I during the last eight months made the process much easier to go through. I will provide your name to anyone in need of elder law services
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2013
A Helpful Guide
Thank you for your help. You were kind in every way. I was so confused about planning for my future... you made the process understandable. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2013
Not Out For The Money
Humanity is the first thing you notice about Janna when you talk to her. You quickly realize she’s not just in this for the money – she really cares about what she is doing. Janna is extremely competent as an attorney and caring as a person. She takes the time to make sure you understand what is legally involved with your situation. Janna is also backed by a knowledgeable and compassionate staff. Everyone is just remarkable at now Dutton & Casey, P.C.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2014
poor social service team
In working with Dutton and Casey I found them knowledgeable but overall I had a bad experience with the social services provided and would not be able to recommend them to others.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Dutton & Casey, PC
  • 1989 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Legal Assistance Foundation Of Chicago
  • 1979 - 1989


  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Wheaton College, Wheaton IL
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A


  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Executive Council
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Chicago Bar Association, Elder Law Committee, Trust Law Committee
  • Attorney Member
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  • Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP) of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
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  • Illinois Disability Association (the not-for-profit co-trustee of the Illinois Disability Pooled Trust).
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Illinois chapter)
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyers
  • Chicago Lawyer Magazine
  • 2012
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  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Numerous
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  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Illinois)
  • Numerous
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Chicago Elder law Lawyer Janna S. Dutton
Janna S. Dutton
Elder law Attorney
Chicago, IL