special_needs_law_monthThis October, Elder Law of East Tennessee is joining Elder Law attorneys nationwide in recognizing National Special Needs Law Month. Unlike traditional lawyers, Special Needs Law attorneys focus on the issues that affect a particular segment of the population – generally the elderly and disabled – rather than a particular area of law. When clients visit a Special Needs Law attorney, they generally present problems beyond the need for a will or a power of attorney, and a Special Needs Law attorney takes a holistic approach to meeting these needs. Special Needs Law attorneys are familiar with the multifaceted aspect of this complex area of the law, as well as the network of services and providers who can assist their clients effectively.

There is a growing need in the United States for attorneys who concentrate in Special Needs Law as families and caregivers become more aware of the legal rights and needs of their loved ones. Special Needs Law attorneys assist families in financing long-term care and provide them with the legal tools for financial management, such as powers of attorneys and trusts. They also help with understanding and applying for Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare and Medicaid, Qualified Medicare Beneficiary programs, creating special needs trusts, navigating housing options including subsidized housing, and other issues.

In designating October as National Special Needs Law Month, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) seeks to raise public awareness of Special Needs Law issues and to establish NAELA Members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. Special Needs Law attorneys throughout the country are observing National Special Needs Law Month by providing public seminars, law clinics, and other activities that will educate the public.

Elder Law of East Tennessee will be offering a Special Needs Trust School on October 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Certified Elder Law Attorney* Amelia Crotwell will cover all the special needs trust basics: defining a special needs trust, rules, and dos and don’ts. Participants will come away empowered with valuable knowledge and confident that they can serve as good trustees. The event will be hosted by Manorhouse Assisted Living on Northshore Drive. Seating is limited, so call Tammy Hill at 865-951-2410 to reserve your spot right away.

If you have questions about Special Needs Law or don’t know if Elder Law of East Tennessee can help to meet your needs, please get in touch! We will be happy to point you in the right direction and help you to resolve all your Elder Law and Special Needs Law concerns.

*Certified through the National Elder Law Foundation and the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization