Joseph T. Monahan

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Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Chicago, IL

Monahan Law Group, LLC
 | 55 West Monroe Street, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-419-0252
Fax: 312-419-7428
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (40%),
  • Health Care (30%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Joseph T. Monahan is the founding partner of Monahan Law Group, LLC, in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Monahan has over 30 years of experience and concentrates his practice on estate planning and mental health law. He serves clients in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois, as well as nationwide.

    Over the course of his career, Mr. Monahan has litigated numerous cases involving child welfare, guardianships and mental health. He serves child welfare agencies, hospitals, mental health clinics and social service agencies, as well as individual clients. He has tried cases at the state, federal and administrative levels and argued before the Illinois Supreme Court.

    In addition to his practice, Mr. Monahan writes and lectures extensively and serves as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Active in his legal community, he is president of the board of directors for the National Association of Social Workers and a former chair of the Mental Health Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association.

    Mr. Monahan is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Over the years, he has also served in leadership positions for many nonprofit organizations. He continues to serve as secretary for the Foundation for Human Development and a volunteer attorney for the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

    Mr. Monahan earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois. He received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law. He holds a license to practice law before all Illinois state courts, the U.S. District courts for the northern and central districts of Illinois, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Elder Law
    • 30%Health Care
    • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

    Hospital Law, Nursing Home, Health & Health Care Law, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021

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    About Joseph Monahan

    Admitted: 1985, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: https://www.monahanlawllc.com/Attorneys/Joseph-T-Monahan.sht...

    Honors/Awards:

    • Selected to Leading Lawyers, 2008 - 2019
    • Most Valuable Volunteer of the Year Award, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2013 
    • Selected to Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2020
    • Appointed the ISBA representative on the Senate’s Committee to revise the Mental Health Code

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified social worker

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • ACWS, Member, 1976 - 1984
    • Harris enCircle, Harris Bank, Chicago, Illinois, Advisory Board Member, 2008 - Present 
    • Seguin Services, Human Rights Committee, Member, 1987 - 1990
    • Seguin Services, Human Rights Committee, Member, 1992 - 1996
    • National Association of Social Workers, Member, 1976 - 1984
    • ACWS, Member, 1991 - Present
    • School Board, Pope John XXIII, Member, 1994 - 2000
    • National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Illinois Chapter, Member, 1976 - Present
    • National Association of Social Workers, Member, 1991 - Present
    • Trustee, Legal Defense Fund, 2003 - 2007
    • National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Illinois Chapter, Ad-Hoc Committee to Rewrite Social Work Practice Act, 1994 - 1995
    • Guardianship Reform Project, Equip for Equality, 1999 - 2001
    • Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty, Board Member, 2000 - 2004
    • Ignatius Chicago Crew, Member, Board of Directors, 2006 - 2009
    • Chair, Legal Defense Fund, 2007 - 2008
    • Board of Directors, Member Executive Committee, Chair Personnel Committee, Legal Defense Fund, 2009 - 2012
    • Illinois State Bar Association, Chair, 2001 - 2002
    • Illinois State Bar Association, Legislative Task Force, Created by SR 373, Member, 2002 - 2003
    • Illinois State Bar Association, Secretary, 1999 - 2000
    • Illinois State Bar Association, Vice-Chair, 2000 - 2001
    • Illinois State Bar Association, Vice-Chair, 2006 - 2007
    • Illinois State Bar Association, Secretary, 2005 - 2006
    • Illinois State Bar Association, Chair, 2006 - 2008
    • The Chicago Bar Association, Mental Health Law Committee, Member, 1984 - Present
    • Illinois State Bar Association, Mental Health Law Committee, Member, 1997 - Present
    • The Chicago Bar Association, Mental Health Law Committee, Chairperson, 1990
    • The Chicago Bar Association, Mental Health Law Committee, Vice-Chairperson, 1988 - 1989
    • National Association of Downs Syndrome (NADS), Member, Board of Directors, 1998 - 1999
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
    • Adjunct professor of law, Loyola Law School
    • Illinois Bar Association’s Study Committee of Mental Health Law, Member and Past chair
    • Illinois Bar
    • Elected member of the Pope John XXIII School Board in Evanston, Illinois
    • Mental Health Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, Member and Past chair 
    • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
    • Hearing officer for the Illinois State Board of Education, 1987-1997
    • Appointed trustee of the Legal Defense Fund for the National Association of Social Workers, 2003-2005
    • Supreme Court of the United States of America 

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Guardian Ad Litem, Probate Court for the past 20 years   SharePlay Video  How Can We Help You?Bold fields are required. Contact InformationName Email Address Phone Brief description of your legal issue  I have read the disclaimer.disclaimer.Privacy Policy 55 West Monroe St., Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60603 Phone: 312-419-0252Fax: 312-419-7428 CHICAGO LAW OFFICE MAPREVIEW USMonahan Law Group, LLC, is located in Chicago and provides legal guidance to clients in Cook County and throughout Illinois. © 2019 by Monahan Law Group, LLC. All rights reserved. Disclaimer | Site Map Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.    click here                         
    • Foundation for Human Development, Board of Directors
    • Chicago Volunteer Legal Society (CVLS), Volunteer Attorney since 2010
    • Foundation for Human Development, Secretary since 2012

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Presented, Illinois Mental Health and the Law, PESI/HealthEd, 2013 - 2014
    • Presented, Legal Issues and the Elderly, Benedictine University, 2000 - 2014 
    • Presented, Healthcare Risk Management, Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society's (CHRMS) Law Day Program, November 7, 2008
    • Presented, Child and Elder Abuse Reporting, Resurrection Health Care, April 22, 2009
    • Presented, Social Worker Ethics Seminar, Lake Forest Hospital, August 12, 2009
    • Presented, The Law of Surrogate Decision Making in Illinois, NASW Statewide Conference, September 11, 2009
    • Presented, Elder Abuse/Remedies and Nursing Home Resident's Rights, HEALTH ED Illinois Law, February 12, 2010
    • Presented, The Limitations of a Legal Guardian: Immigrants and John Doe Cases, National Guardianship Association National Colloquium on Guardianship, April 23, 2010
    • Presented, Guardianship and Advance Directives: The Law of Surrogate Decision Making in Illinois, NASW Illinois Virtual Symposium on Ethics, September 14, 201O
    • Presented, Who Is Your Client?, Illinois Legal Aid Conference, 2011
    • Presented, Elder Abuse/Remedies and Nursing Home Resident's Rights, HEALTH ED Illinois Elder Law, September 23, 2011
    • Presented, Elder Abuse/Remedies and Nursing Home Resident's Rights, HEALTH ED Illinois Elder Law, January 27, 2012
    • Presented, Citations to Discover and Recover Assets, Elder Law Practice in the Circuit Court of Cook County: The New Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division of the Circuit Court, Judge Banks Seminar, March 23, 2012
    • Presented, Adult Protective Services and Nursing Home Resident Rights and Informed Consent, Substitute Decision Making and Advance Directives, SSWLCH - Illinois Chapter, January 2014
    • Presented, Illinois Children's Mental Health and the Law, HEALTH ED/Illinois Juvenile Law, January 25, 2013
    • Presented, Practical and Legal Options for Persons Diagnosed with Mental Illness, HEALTH ED/PESI Illinois Elder Law, September 26, 2013
    • Presented, Guardianship: Persons with a Mental Illness, National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI), April 13, 2014
    • Presented, Adult Protective Services/Remedies and Nursing Home Resident’s Rights , Health Ed/PESI Illinois Elder Law 2014, January 17, 2014
    • Presented, Ethics and Mental Health, Child Welfare Agency, February 11, 2014
    • Presented, Changes in Confidentiality of Mental Health Records, DePaul Law Review Symposium, March 21, 2014
    • Presented, Different Perspectives in Adult Guardianships, Equip for Equality Legal Aid Advocates Conference, October 16, 2014
    • Presented, FOID Mental Health Reporting, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), August 14, 2014
    • Presented, Adult Protective Services/Remedies and Nursing Home Resident’s Rights, Health Ed/PESI Illinois Elder Law 2015, January 22, 2015 - January 23, 2015
    • Presented, Illinois Mental Health and the Law, PESI, October 30, 2014 - October 31, 2014
    • Presented, Mental Health Law, IICLE - 10th Annual Elder Law Short Course, November 6, 2014
    • Presented, The Business of Social Work, NASW – Illinois Chapter, November 14, 2014
    • Presented, CLE Social Workers, Local VA Hospital, January 21, 2015
    • Presented, Internal Training, Association of Police Social Workers, May 8, 2015
    • Presented, Internal Training, Local Social Service Agency, February 4, 2015
    • Presented, Medical School for Elder Law Attorneys: Geriatric Psychiatry, IICLE, February 20, 2015
    • Presented, FOID, The Carle Foundation - Webinar, March 26, 2015
    • Guest Lecturer, End of Life Decision-Making, The John Marshall Law School, April 3, 2015
    • Presented, Confidentiality and Representing Persons Alleged to have a Diagnosed Mental Illness, ISBA, April 10, 2015
    • Presented, Elder Law, American Hospital Association, April 23, 2015
    • Author, Life Sustaining Treatment and the Law: The Evolution of Informed Consent, Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy Annals of Health Law, Vol. 19, Issue 1, Special Edition, 2010, 107-113
    • Presented, Internal Training, Waukegan School District Social Workers, June 3, 2015
    • Presented, Illinois Mental Health and the Law, PESI, September 24, 2015 - September 25, 2015
    • Presented, CLE Training, Illinois School Social Work Supervisors and Coordinators Counsel, October 2, 2015
    • Presented, Juvenile Court Training for Foster Parents, Hephzibah, October 9, 2015
    • Presented, Risk Management Training, National Association of Social Workers, October 19, 2015
    • Presented, Capacity and Guardianship, IICLE 11th Annual Elder Law Program, November 12, 2015 - November 13, 2015
    • Presented, I Received a Subpoena; What Should I Do?, National Association of Social Workers - Webinar, Novemer 17, 2015
    • Presenter, HIPAA and Confidentiality, National Alliance on Mental Illness, January 17, 2016
    • Presenter, Illinois Elder Law, PESI, Inc., January 28, 2016 - January 29, 2016
    • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Mental Health Law Course, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Health Care Institute, Chicago, Illinois, 1993 - Present
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, Psychiatry and Law Course, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2002 - 2004
    • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Child Mental Health Law Course, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Child Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2012 - Present
    • Author, §§ 28:7 to 28:27, Chapter 28, Mental Health Issues, Law of Medical Practice in Illinois, 3rd, Vol. 22 (Illinois Practice Series), 2014 and 2015 Supplement 
    • Author, Powers and Duties of a Guardian of the Person: Guardianship for Disabled Adults, Advance Directives, and Mental Health Law, Chapter 3, IICLE, 2011
    • Author, §§ 28:7 to 28:27, Chapter 28, Mental Health Issues, Law of Medical Practice in Illinois, 3rd, Vol. 22 (Illinois Practice Series), 2008
    • Author, Legal Issues Affecting Elderly Clients - Incompetent Elderly Clients: Powers of Attorney and Guardianship , Social Work Networker published by the NASW Illinois Chapter, August 1, 2009
    • Author, Legal Issues Affecting Elderly Clients - Medicare and Medicaid for the Elderly, Social Work Networker published by the NASW Illinois Chapter, October 1, 2009
    • Author, Elder Abuse: Legal Definitions and Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse, Social Work Networker published by the NASW Illinois Chapter, May 1, 2009

    Educational Background:

    • Master's of Social Work from the University of Illinois in Champaign, 1978 
    • Bachelor of Arts, Major: Social Work from the University of Illinois (1977)
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    55 West Monroe Street
    Suite 3700
    Chicago, IL 60603

    Phone: 312-419-0252

    Fax: 312-419-7428

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