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Melissa LaPointe

Estate planning Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Melissa (LaPointe) Kallio

  • Licensed for 9 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    25%
    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.

    10 years

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    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.

    10 years

  3. Guardianship
    25%
    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.

    10 years

  4. Probate
    25%
    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.

    10 years

I became an attorney because I wanted to work with people and have a positive impact on their lives. Nowhere is this more apparent and rewarding than in the field of Elder Law. My clients’ goals become my goals and I enjoy working with them every step of the way to accomplish peace of mind.

Location

Dutton Casey & Mesoloras
65 East Wacker Place, Unit 1200
Chicago, IL, 60601
Dutton Casey & Mesoloras
4711 Golf Road
Skokie, IL, 60077
Dutton Casey & Mesoloras
One Westbrook Corporate Center
Westchester, IL, 60154
Dutton Casey & Mesoloras
1655 North Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL, 60004
Dutton Casey & Mesoloras
3333 Warrenville Road
Lisle, IL, 60532
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Support and Knowledge
My sister and I wanted to take a moment and thank your firm for the outstanding service and support we have received regarding estate planning for our parents. Helen Mesoloras, Melissa LaPointe and Erin Vogt have provided guidance and their expertise while also displaying genuine care, concern and compassion. When my father suffered a massive stroke in October '15, we were left overwhelmed and lost as to what to do next regarding his care. After being referred to your firm by in NY (where I live) I spoke to Erin who listened and right away assured us your firm could help not only in estate planning but with the medicaid process as well. From our first meeting with Helen and Melissa, we felt confident and secure we were not alone, and that we would have someone helping us advocate for my dad in the nursing home he was at. As for the medicaid process, being that I do not live in town, the idea of my mom and sister having to do the medicaid application alone was not an option. Had it not been for your team organizing everything and informing us when items were still needed I honestly think we would still be knee deep in paperwork today. Another turning point happened in December when I was talking to Erin regarding my dad's overall health. He was extremely depressed and not eating at the time. She suggested that maybe palliative care could help us. While initially on palliative care, since February he had been on hospice care. But had it not been for Erin we never would have known about these services. While unfortunately our father passed away recently, we continue to work with your team regarding my mother's estate planning. We feel great solace in knowing that dad would want us to make sure mom is taken care of and protected in every way. Thank you again for all your support.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2015
We would NEVER have been able to do this without her.
We were referred us to Melissa LaPointe. Melissa is amazing. She has been our guide throughout. She is professional, smart and incredibly responsive. We would NEVER have been able to do this without her. I have learned so much from her. I had to force my husband to go to an Elder Law Attorney. He did not understand the need and did not want to spend the money. Now he would tell you that the service we received and the final result was more than worth it.”
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2015
Responsive to our family in a time of crisis
There are few words that can truly describe the depths of my gratefulness and appreciation for the support and peace of mind that was bestowed on my family from attorney, Melissa LaPointe with Dutton and Casey. She was responsive to our family in a time of crisis and expeditiously handled our legal matter with utmost professionalism and compassion. Thank You Melissa, for being our light of hope.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2015
Such wonderful advocates for the elderly!
Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the excellent advice and help I have received from Janna and Melissa. Our journey began about 7 years ago when my parents and I decided that we should have any legal paperwork drawn up quickly because my Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimers. From Janna helping us with the paperwork, Erin assisting me in finding a nursing home for Mom, and Melissa helping with Medicaid applications, everything went very smoothly. Such wonderful advocates for the elderly! Our journey has now ended. Mom died in Sept. and Dad died just 3 short months later. Do not hesitate contacting Dutton & Casey when you need a law firm that handles elder law.
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AVVO RATING 6.3 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Dutton & Casey
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • 2014 - Present
  • Volunteer
  • John Marshall Law School, Legal Clinic
  • 2012 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Dutton & Casey
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Elder Law Firm of Anderson Associates
  • 2012 - 2013
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Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
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  • Northern Michigan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
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Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • numerous
  • We offer many programs for community members and professionals. Please go to duttonelderlaw.com for information.
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Chicago Estate planning Lawyer Melissa LaPointe
Melissa LaPointe
Estate planning Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 9 years