Attorney Amelia Crotwell, owner and founder of Elder Law of East Tennessee, has been selected as the newest member of the Special Needs Alliance.

Established in 2002, the Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national, non-profit collective of many of America’s leading disability and public benefits attorneys. Currently in 48 states, SNA members work to secure Medicaid and other public benefits for individuals with special needs. The SNA’s mission is to help enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities by coordinating private resources with public benefit programs through special needs planning and trusts.

Membership to SNA is selective and competitive, and it is extended by invitation only. Attorneys must meet specific criteria to ensure that SNA clients are served with the utmost professionalism and compassion. Criteria include a minimum number of years of practice in the special needs area and proven involvement with disability advocacy organizations. Many SNA attorneys have personal experience with individuals with special needs—either as a sibling or parent.

Certified Elder Law Attorney* Amelia Crotwell has 19 years of experience in law.  In 2010, she launched Elder Law of East Tennessee to provide Life Care Planning for elders and persons with special needs. This nontraditional practice provides holistic estate, financial, special needs, benefits, and care planning.  At Elder Law of East Tennessee, Amelia helps families planning for disability or challenged by chronic health conditions see all the possibilities available and think creatively to maximize quality of life, independence, and resources.  As her practice continues to grow, Amelia hopes to lead the discussion to rethink the ways people with special needs live and thrive within our communities.

Amelia joins a select group of attorneys who comprise the SNA.  These members serve on the boards of national, state, and local organizations serving the disability community. They are current, former, or incoming executive members of prominent legal and advocacy organizations such as the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, and the bar associations of their respective states.

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To contact Amelia Crotwell’s office regarding special needs planning, call 865-951-2410 or send an e-mail to  For more information about Elder Law of East Tennessee’s services and unique approach, visit

*Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation