Certified Elder Law Attorney

As founder and owner of Elder Law of East Tennessee, Attorney Amelia Crotwell devotes her expertise to helping elders, persons with disabilities, and their families plan for their legal, financial, and health care needs. Her legal practice areas include elder law, estate planning, wills and trusts, special needs trusts, Medicaid and Veterans Benefits planning, conservatorship and probate, Social Security Disability, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) planning.  While she has handled many different types of legal cases since earning her law degree in 1997, she describes working with elders and their families as “by far the most rewarding area of law practice I have ever experienced, both personally and professionally.”

Prior to establishing Elder Law of East Tennessee, Amelia clerked for Gary Wade, then Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals.  She entered private practice and quickly became a partner at McDonald Levy, where she handled elder law, wills, and estates along with cases involving personal injury, worker’s compensation, family law, and other civil litigation. This past experience gives her a wide base of legal knowledge that she draws upon to serve her clients.

In 2010, Amelia launched Elder Law of East Tennessee to focus exclusively on the area of law she found most challenging and rewarding.  Elder Law of East Tennessee, a Life Care Planning law firm, offers clients an individualized and coordinated approach to solving the legal, financial, and care challenges of aging and disability.  In addition to serving her clients, Amelia also takes an active role in the community by educating other lawyers and community groups about Life Care Planning and elder law. She has served in leadership roles with various bar and professional organizations. She teaches Elder Law at the University of TN College of Law.

University of Tennessee, BA in English and Creative Writing, magna cum laude, 1990

University of Tennessee College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, summa cum laude, 1997

Awards and Certifications:
Certified Elder Law Attorney credentialed through the National Elder Law Foundation
Martindale-Hubble Rated BV and recipient of Martindale-Hubble Client Distinction Award
AVVO Rated 10.0 of 10.0
Charles Henderson Miller Award of Excellence in Civil Advocacy

Veterans Affairs Accreditation

Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, President-elect
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association
Knoxville Estate Planning Council

Tennessee Bar Association Elder Law Section Executive Council

What is the problem you are best at solving for your clients?

Every client’s situation is different.  I help my clients by looking at their overall circumstances and forming strategies to meet their unique goals.  Clients rely on me, and I reassure them that there is a path forward even in difficult times, that I have traveled it before, and we can find solutions for them.

What excites you about your work?

I love the intellectual challenge presented by the law. I get excited about advocacy for clients and learning to be a good leader for my employees.  I’m inspired by the opportunity to be a creative problem-solver.

What do you love most about ELET? 

We make a very real, very positive difference in the lives of our clients, and we form lasting friendships with our clients and their families. Our clients are all the wonderful people, and I love getting to know them. My staff are all great souls and I’m honored to work within a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Where can we find you when you’re not working?

Reading a book, practicing yoga, enjoying my friends and relatives, playing with my dog, or maybe even watching sports with my guy.

Fun fact:
I have a creative side and enjoy metalsmithing and collecting rocks.