Elder Law of East Tennessee is not your average law firm; it is a non-traditional practice that takes a holistic approach to elder law by offering a unique combination of legal expertise and care coordination. By combining the skills of a Certified Elder Law Attorney with those of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Geriatric Care Manager, Elder Law of East Tennessee is able to provide a broad range of elder care solutions, ranging from basic Estate Planning to long-term Life Care Planning. Our care coordinator, a professional with more than 25 years’ experience in home health and geriatric social work, helps families grasp the nuances of the older adult’s physical and cognitive needs, guides them as they develop a care plan, assists with care transitions, and advocates on behalf of the older adult.
AMELIA CROTWELL, ESQ., CELA
Attorney Amelia Crotwell loves working with elders and their families. “It is by far the most rewarding area of law practice I have ever experienced, both personally and professionally. I’ve handled many different types of legal cases since earning my law degree from UT in 1997, and Elder Law and Life Care Planning is without a doubt the high point of my career.”
SARAH E. C. MALIA, JD, MS
Sarah Malia is an Elder Law Attorney but also a social scientist with an emphasis in family dynamics. “I am an educator at heart and enjoy collaborating with clients and colleagues, helping clients navigate the complex legal system as peaceably as possible. It has been a privilege for me to work with such a skilled and caring team at Elder Law of East Tennessee. ELET’s holistic approach to assisting clients resonates with my unique dual-degree background.” Sarah joined ELET on a contract basis as an associate in May 2013.
CONNIE TAYLOR, LCSW, NCG, ELDER CARE COORDINATOR
Elder Care Coordinator Connie Taylor, LCSW, NCG, is an experienced and well-respected geriatric care manager. Amelia describes Connie as “the person I want helping my families coordinate care. She’s a great advocate and she has a caring, no-nonsense way about her that gives my clients a lot of confidence about the choices they have to consider. I know with Connie on board, my clients are going to have the very best care in this community that the clients can afford.”
JILL SHOFFNER, LCSW, ELDER CARE COORDINATOR
Jill Shoffner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2001 with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Jill began her Social Work career as an outpatient therapist at Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital and Center. She worked in Campbell and Roane counties before moving into the Clinical Program Coordinator role on the inpatient unit in Oak Ridge.
ALLISON BRADLEY, ASST. PUBLIC BENEFITS SPECIALIST
Allison, a Knoxville native, graduated from Maryville College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and minors in Political Science and French. She joined Elder Law of East Tennessee in April 2013 after working as a tax services representative and financial counselor at 21st Mortgage, where she was consistently a top performer and was four times selected as Team MVP. Her experience in servicing escrowed property taxes, verifying and researching tax accounts, and fostering positive relationships with clients and tax officials prepared her well for the careful research, attention to detail, and relationship-building required of her as Assistant Public Benefits Specialist at Elder Law of East Tennessee.
WOKIE MASSAQUOI-WICKS, OFFICE MANAGER
Wokie Massaquoi-Wicks earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Studies and her Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a Certified Housing Counselor, a Certified Development Finance Professional, and a member of the American Society of Public Administrators. She joined Elder Law of East Tennessee as Office Manager in May 2014.
PATRICK WOMAC, LAW CLERK
Patrick graduated cum laude from MTSU in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is currently in his third and final year at the University of Tennessee College of Law and expects to graduate in 2015 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. He is the Secretary of Enlace, the Latino Law Students Association, and is a member of the Student Bar Association at the College of Law and the Knoxville Bar Association.
EMILEE SAWICKI, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Emilee Sawicki graduated from Maryville College in May 2014 with a degree in Child Development and Learning. She joined ELET in June 2014 as an administrative assistant. Emilee is the first point of contact for anyone calling or visiting the ELET offices. She communicates with clients to set up appointments, coordinates document delivery, and addresses any other client needs that arise. A big part of her job is making sure anyone who visits the office feels comfortable and welcome during their visit. “My favorite part of any day is getting to sit down and talk with the people who enter the office and learn more about them,” she says.
MALINDA TAYLOR, ONLINE CONTENT MANAGER & OFFICE ASST.
Malinda Taylor graduated from Maryville College with a BA in Writing and Communication, magna cum laude, in 2010. Though a part-time employee at Elder Law of East Tennessee, she is also one of the longest-standing employees, having been a part of the team since 2011. She considers herself a “niche worker,” constantly adapting to new roles as different needs within the firm arise, ranging from website content management, graphic design, and newsletter writing to organizing filing systems, developing office procedures, and negotiating with rebellious electronic devices.
DR.MICHAEL MAILAHN, MEDIATOR
Dr. Michael Mailahn has been conducting conflict resolution for 10 years with the state of Tennessee for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD). In recent years, he has shifted his focus from healthcare to community mediation, ombudsmanship, and speaking and consulting. He is a certified ombudsman and Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed mediator. He currently practices mediation in Knox and Anderson Counties, performs ombudsman duties in Knoxville, and teaches community mediators in Oak Ridge. He works with the Elder Law of East Tennessee team to provide mediation services for clients and their families.