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Wendy Shparago Cappelletto, CAP, Fellows
69 W Washington St., Ste. 700 Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-0849
(312) 603-9946
About Practice
The Office of the Cook County Public Guardian represents those persons routinely ignored by society. We have three divisions devoted to championing for the rights of children and adults. In our Juvenile Division, we act as lawyers for abused and neglected children. In our Adult Guardianship Division, we act as guardian for adults with disabilities and their estates. Our third division, the Domestic Relations Division, focuses on representing children in highly contested custody cases.
Biography
Wendy Shparago Cappelletto is the Director of Policy and Benefits at the Office of the Public Guardian of Cook County, in the Adult Guardianship Division. Prior to joining the Public Guardian’s Office in 1998, Ms. Cappelletto was a staff attorney at Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. She is a member of the Guardianship/Conservatorship Section Steering Committee and the Council of Advance Practitioners of NAELA. She currently serves as a NAELA representative to the National Guardianship Network. She was a NAELA delegate at the Third National Guardianship Summit in 2011. In addition, she served as the NAELA Observer on the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee for the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements Act. She has also co-chaired two national NAELA conferences. She is a two-time past president of the Illinois Chapter of NAELA and is currently serves on the Illinois Chapter Legislative Committee.
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Congress' Drafting Error Denies Individuals with Disabilities a Fundamental RightHave you ever witnessed the distress of dignity being stripped from a person simply due to a physical disability that prevents the person from entering a store because her or his wheelchair cannot go up a step that leads into the building?
President's Message: I'm Excited About the Future of NAELAThe past year was a year like no other. Most of us struggled with the anxiety of managing our lives during a pandemic while being isolated from extended family and friends.
Launius v. Beasley2013 WL 361135 (January 30, 2013) (Unpub.) - Order Needed Clarification as to Failure to Create Constructive Trust for Assets Transferred for Asset Protection (Ark. App.)
President's Message: Become a NAELA VolunteerYou will get so much in return for your efforts — knowledge, being part of a like-minded community, and friendships that will last a lifetime.
President's Message: Working Together in the New NormalAs I write this, we are eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic with no clear end in sight.
Osman v. Osman2013 WL 718753 (February 28, 2013) - Son Who Killed Mother But Was Found Not Guilty Due To Insanity Was “Slayer” And Not Entitled To Share In Estate (Va.)
Cordero v. University of Connecticut Health Center2013 WL 1105002 (March 26, 2013) - Full Reimbursement of Public Assistance Benefits Paid Allowed From Proceeds of Lawsuit Brought By Beneficiary Against State (Conn.)
Medicare Advocacy Corner: Medicare Homebound StudyThe Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), in response to Congressional direction, is completing a study with recommendations for Congress on how to define homebound for purposes of the Medicare Home Health Care benefit.
Holley v. Silverado Senior Living Management, Inc.2020 WL 4558940 (CAL. APP. FOURTH DIST. AUG. 7, 2020) Temporary Conservators Lacked Authority to Bind Conservatee to Arbitration (Cal. App.) - Diane and James Holley sued Silverado Senior Living Management, Inc. and related entities (defendants) for elder abuse and neglect, negligence, and wrongful death.
Tips and Strategies for Working with Adult Protective ServicesIn order to establish a good working relationship with Adult Protective Services agencies, it is essential to understand how these agencies are structured and regulated.
President's Message: NAELA Core ValuesI am looking forward to the coming year as your president. The past several months have been challenging, and we are all experiencing a new normal in both our personal and professional lives.
Moreland, II v. Agency for Persons with Disabilities2013 WL 1923653 (May 10, 2013) - Agency Inappropriately Assigned Developmentally Disabled Person to Tier III of Medicaid Waiver Program (Fla. App.)
Estate of Jenner v. Manor Pines Convalescent Center, LLC,2013 WL 1748703 (April 24, 2013) - Designation of Health Care Surrogate Did Not Give Authority to Agree to Arbitration (Fla. App.)
Featured Member: Meet NAELA's 32nd President Jennifer VanderVeen, CELA, CAP, FellowJen brings passion, integrity, and enthusiasm to everything she does.
In re Angela A.,2013 IL App. 120786, Nos. 4-12-0786, 4-12-0787 cons. (September 5, 2013) - Mental Health Patient Had Right to Independent Exam Before Hearing on Involuntary Admission (Ill. App.)
2018 NAELA Summit: The Windy City Welcomes NAELAFrom the architectural beauty to the unrivaled food scene, Chicago was the perfect city to host the NAELA 2018 Summit.
Immigration Issues Impacting Individuals under GuardianshipGuardianship practitioners are facing more immigration issues than ever before in their practices. This session will address various issues that may arise in a guardianship including the legal issues surrounding a person under guardianship who is an immigrant, the employ of non-citizen caregivers and other employees. This session will also address the use of minor guardianships in situations where the parent or parents are facing deportation.
Estate Planning With Nonqualified Annuities: Navigating the LabyrinthWhen our clients come to us for estate or Medicaid planning advice, nonqualified annuities are often a component of their portfolios.
2018 NAELA SummitMark your calendar to be in Chicago for the 2018 Summit, November 15–17, 2018.
Medicare Expedited AppealsHow do you keep care in place when a skilled nursing facility reduces daily care to intermittent?