After almost a decade devoting herself to her Elder Law practice, the importance of this rewarding area of law hit home when Kaye’s husband and law partner was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2020 at the age of 51. Fortunately, after the initial struggle to obtain a diagnosis, the Dents were able to successfully execute the plan they’d never imagined using at this stage in life, with two teenagers still at home.
Kaye attended law school with plans to practice disability law. Having worked her way through college at the University of Illinois in Urbana assisting students with disabilities, she graduated from Hofstra University School of Law in 1996. She initially worked with a non-profit providing legal services exclusively to persons with disabilities, and, after years of practice as both a State’s Attorney and Public Defender, she now operates Dent Law Offices, Ltd., where she provides an array of Elder Law
and estate planning services, focusing on Nursing Home Planning and Special Needs Planning.
As a member of Elder Counsel, Wealth Counsel, and IL NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Illinois Chapter), Kaye has an array of resources available for her clients’ planning needs. Kaye serves on the board of IL NAELA and as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Advocacy Centers Of Illinois. She also serves on the board of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation Advisory Board for Effingham County and Chairs the Fifth Circuit Pro Bono Committee of the Public Interest Law Initiative. She has also served as President of the Effingham Noon Rotary Club.
Kaye enjoys accepting pro bono cases referred from various non-profit agencies, a very rewarding part of the practice of law.
Kaye speaks frequently to public groups regarding Estate Planning, Nursing Home Planning, Special Needs issues and other topics.
When not working, Kaye enjoys gardening and fishing with her family, as well as traveling. Seeing the world through her teenagers’ eyes is proving very rewarding and has provided them with a wide range of experiential learning opportunities. They have traveled the entire width of the country via automobile, visiting many Civil War battlefields and other National Parks sites, for a total of 29 states and 15 foreign countries visited together. Kaye believes that the security and peace of mind a good
plan offers allows people to enjoy life more fully- and her family agrees, more than ever.