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Presented by the ISBA Business Advice and Financial Planning Section


There are serious practical and ethical pitfalls that can arise when representing clients with diminished capacity. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to recognize when your client is incapable of making important decisions, how to handle the client’s family members, and the strategies needed to address these situations. Attorneys who interact with clients in business, estate or financial planning matters with intermediate practice experience who attend this online seminar will better understand:

  • The resources available to you when dealing with vulnerable clients;
  • Your obligations to the client exhibiting diminished capacity;
  • How to handle confidentiality issues with your need to act in the client’s best interest; and
  • The standards of competency.

The program closes with a panel presentation that uses hypothetical scenarios to show how these strategies can be put into practice.

Program Coordinator:
John D. Gutzke
, Rolewick & Gutzke, P.C., Wheaton


Program Moderator:
Alan M. Kaplan
, Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd., Schaumburg

Program Information
Date Presented:
October 04, 2017 12:00 PM Central
2 hours
Issues to Recognize and Resolve when Dealing with Clients of Diminished Capacity

Diminished Capacity in a Client

Learn how to gauge the presence and degree of your client’s diminished capacity, as well as the resources available to you when dealing with clients made vulnerable by diminished capacity.

Lauren Sherman, Lifecare Innovations, Burr Ridge


Attorney Obligations

Gain a better understanding of your obligations to a client that’s exhibiting diminished capacity, while learning how to balance confidentiality and other duties to protect with the requirement to act in your client’s best interest. Rule 1.14 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct is examined.

Mary F. Andreoni, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago


Standards of Competency

This segment examines competency expectations for contracts, estate planning documents, and engaging agents. Get tips for dealing with clients of diminished capacity and their family members.

David F. Rolewick, Rolewick & Gutzke, P.C., Wheaton


Putting into Practice

This panel presentation uses hypothetical situations to explore practical, ethical, and effective strategies you can employ when working with a client of diminished capacity.

Mary F. Andreoni, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago

David F. Rolewick, Rolewick & Gutzke, P.C., Wheaton

Lauren Sherman, Lifecare Innovations, Burr Ridge

Speaker Information
Mary F. Andreoni  [ view bio ]
Alan M. Kaplan  [ view bio ]
David F. Rolewick  [ view bio ]
Lauren Sherman  [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 2.00
Including Professionalism, Civility or Legal Ethics Professional Responsibility MCLE: 2.00
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