Public Benefits Assistant & Paralegal

Amy is a qualified attorney on a long-term training and mentorship track preparing her to practice Life Care Planning. When she joined ELET in late 2017, she worked as a paralegal, assisting all three partner attorneys by drafting high-level legal documents like wills and trusts, conducting in-office and offsite signings, and working on special research projects to help develop strategies for unusual cases.In 2019 she shifted from paralegal to public benefits duties so that she could be immersed in Medicaid and VA strategies. As a benefits assistant, Amy works closely with the attorneys and with benefits specialist Hailey Michel-Evleth in crafting and implementing strategies to ensure successful Medicaid and VA applications. She assesses clients’ income and assets, determines which assets do and don’t qualify under benefits program rules, guides clients through the process of gathering documentation necessary for a successful application, assembles and files applications, and communicates with Medicaid and VA caseworkers to answer questions and advocate for clients. Amy’s legal background includes volunteering with Centro Hispano’s legal advice clinics; helping families of students with special needs access services as a student attorney with the Education Law practicum; interning with the Knox County public defender’s juvenile division, and clerking for the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.  She is a dedicated perfectionist and smart strategist who also brings compassion to the work she does on behalf of her clients.


Furman University, B.A. in Spanish, magna cum laude, 2011
University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2015

Knoxville Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
American Bar Association

Order of the Coif

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

Many of our clients don’t know what documents they need, what purpose each document serves, or how it fits into the bigger picture of their legal and financial plans. I love to help clients understand their estate planning documents and the many ways we can customize those documents to best fit their wishes.

What excites you about your work and the contribution you make to the ELET team?

Every day is exciting for me because I learn something new.  I enjoy simultaneously helping our clients as well as the attorneys—I’ve never been more useful than I am here!

What do you love most about ELET?

I love our team; everyone works to maintain a supportive, positive, and judgment-free environment, which takes the pressure off as I learn and grow into my position.

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

Baking, crafting, teaching and dancing with the Knoxville Swing Dance Association, playing tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons, going to nerd conventions, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Fun facts:

I lived and worked in Madrid, Spain for one year between college and graduate school.  I was a teaching assistant for sixteen classes of high schoolers.