Addressing Alzheimer’s Stigmas

When a loved one starts to lose his or her memory, it can be a struggle for the entire family. The person who has been the head of the family may soon fade from the person they once were, leaving their loved ones to wonder what will come next. The stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease […]

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Securely Storing Your Estate Planning Documents

Once you have worked with an attorney to get your estate planning documents in place (your Last Will and Testament, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, Trusts, and any other legal documents), it is important to ensure that they are kept in a safe place and accessible to anyone needing to carry out their instructions.  Here […]

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Is There a Link Between Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease?

One in three Americans do not get enough sleep, and 45% of the remaining world’s population doesn’t either. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls that a “public health problem,” because disrupted sleep is associated with a higher risk of physical and mental conditions including diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. There is evidence […]

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Adapting to Chaos

Have you ever been so deeply immersed in a situation that you couldn’t recognize how bad it was until after the fact?  Think about past jobs or relationships that ended.  Did you find yourself months or even years later thinking, “How could I have ever imagined that would work out?” “Why didn’t I listen to […]

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What is a Qualified Income Trust or Miller Trust?

If you are in the process of applying for Medicaid/TennCare benefits, you may be told you need a Qualified Income Trust (“QIT”), also known as a “Miller Trust,” before you can qualify.  Most people have never heard of a QIT and are already in an urgent situation when a facility worker sends them to an […]

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Elder Law of East Tennessee Announces Formation of New PLLC

Bailey Morgan Schiermeyer, JD and Julia Keck Price, JD joined Certified Elder Law Attorney Amelia Crotwell as members of Elder Law of East Tennessee, PLLC, a new company formed as of January 1, 2018. We are excited to announce this new stage in the growth of our firm and in the professional lives of our […]

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A Final Gift: Considering Organ or Body Donation

Have you considered what you want to happen to your body after your death? This is rarely a comfortable topic for individuals or families to consider, much less discuss, but it is important to make any special wishes known before your death to ensure they are carried out. Many people communicate their wishes in an […]

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Probate Problems: How to Steer Clear of Probate Court

Many people have been told that it is important to “avoid probate.” But just because someone has heard that term doesn’t mean they know exactly what probate means, why it can be a problem, or how to successfully avoid it. When thinking about getting your or a loved one’s affairs in order, probate is an […]

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Daily Money Management: A Valuable Service for Elders

With our rapidly growing population of seniors, more and more families will be dealing with loved ones who will face trouble managing their daily finances. Being unable to fully manage financial matters puts the elderly at risk of financial insecurity, debt problems or serious issues paying for long-term care down the road. The good news […]

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Adjusting Holiday Gifting with Elders in Mind

The holiday season has become an extravaganza of exorbitant gift-giving, and with all the sales and emphasis on holiday gifting, it may be a particularly difficult time for elders.  Older parents and grandparents generally want to give generously, but there are unique risks for elders in spending too much during the holidays.  Older adults risk […]

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