Health & Elder Law, llc
Advocate · Counsel · Educate
Mary Kay Furiasse
BSN, JD, LLM
Mary Kay Furiasse, of A/Z Health & Elder Law has earned the Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA) credential in addition to her Bachelor’s in Nursing and a Masters in Health Law. The BCPA designation acknowledges patient advocate professionals who have demonstrated their experience and proficiency in the field of patient advocacy. The BCPA credential is built on ethical standards, professional competencies and best practices for professionals who work in the emerging field of patient advocacy and have taken the steps necessary to become certified.
She brings her clinical background as a former nurse, to the elder care practice of law. Prior to entering Law School, she spent several years as a Neuro Nurse, which provided her with a unique perspective on elder law and capacity issues.
As previous counsel to Health Care Providers she is a passionate, healthcare advocate. Mary Kay presents frequently to local professional and community groups, helping them to understand the unique legal challenges when faced with an illness, making the health care process understandable.
She believes that everyone has a right to control their own health care decisions and that their dignity should never be compromised.
Mary Kay lives in the western suburbs and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
BSN Benedictine University (1985)
JD John Marshall Law School (1989)
LLM Health Law- DePaul University Law School (1995)
Illinois State Bar (1989)
Illinois Supreme Court (1989)
Guardian ad Litem (GAL)
Adult Guardianship/Elder Care (Certified Mediator)
Court-Annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (Certified Arbitrator)
Community/ Professional Organizations & Activities
Assistance League Chicagoland West
American Bar Association
DuPage County Bar Association
DuPage County Bar Association Elder Law Section – Current member & past president
Illinois State Bar Association – Health Law Section