3 Tips for Traveling with Special Needs

The holidays are coming up fast, and many of us are making plans to visit family and friends who may be far away. Travel is already challenging enough, but when you or a family member have a special need, it can become much more complicated. Doing the right research, planning, and preparations ahead of time […]

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Key Elements of Your Estate Plan

Lots of people call our office asking for a “simple will” or saying that they “just” need a power of attorney. They may have specific circumstances in mind, like an upcoming surgery or a need to help their aging parent manage money. Of course we always want to meet that immediate need, but our conversation […]

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Employment for Adults with Special Needs

A job can be an exciting way to learn new things, meet people, and make a contribution to the world. This is just as true for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as it is for everyone else. Students with disabilities often are not prepared to become a part of the work force. Therefore, adults […]

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Providing Long-term Care? You May Need Respite!

When a person needs long-term care due to illness, special needs, or old age, family members are often the first line of defense for providing the care that person requires.  Typically the goal is to keep the person at home as long as possible rather than transitioning them to an assisted living or nursing home.  […]

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Major Changes to VA Benefits Eligibility Announced

Several months ago, the Veterans Administration (VA) released proposed changes to rules impacting qualification for Aid and Attendance benefits, which help pay long-term care costs for wartime veterans and their surviving spouses.  On September 18, 2018, they announced that the proposed changes will take effect on October 18, 2018.  These changes have a substantial impact […]

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Essential Planning After Dementia Symptoms Develop

When a spouse or parent begins showing signs of dementia – such as forgetfulness, uncharacteristic behavior, irrational thinking, or confusion – meeting that person’s care needs and keeping them safe is usually the first concern.  Family members may pitch in as caregivers so the person isn’t left alone and unsafe.  They may schedule medical evaluations […]

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Keeping Memories Alive: Sharing Stories of Loved Ones with Dementia

As any family member of a person with dementia can tell you, the disease lends itself to some deeply bizarre situations.  Alzheimer’s and other dementias attack the parts of the brain that regulate cognition and reasoning, which often means the person with dementia will behave in ways that are entirely irrational.  Sometimes this can be […]

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ELET Partners with Financial Planning Association of East Tennessee

This September, Elder Law of East Tennessee joined the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of East Tennessee as a professional partner.  FPA partners are companies who do not necessarily offer financial planning themselves but whose services dovetail with financial planning.  As a partner, we participate in meetings, events, and continuing education with FPA members (who do […]

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Your Estate Plan: Don’t Be Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

The world of elder law is brimming with alternatives to the traditional attorney-client relationship.  You’ve probably heard ads for services like Legal Zoom, offering simple, “D-I-Y” documents online for a low cost.  Someone may have pointed you toward a website where you can print out a free Power of Attorney form.  Just sign in front […]

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Tennessee Conservatorship

When faced with providing care for individuals who suffer from mental illness, dementia, or physical or developmental disabilities, some families and friends find that their loved ones are not capable of making good decisions for themselves. The loved one may be unable to manage his or her own life, yet he or she may refuse […]

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