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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How an Elder Law Attorney Helps Special Needs Individuals and Families

The term “elder law” is not intuitively associated with planning for special needs.  Often individuals with special needs and caregiving family members are far from “elderly.”  So why should an individual with special needs or the parents or guardians of that person seek help from an elder law attorney? Elder law is a practice area […]

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Protecting Elders from Identity Theft

This September we learned of the Equifax security breach that exposed the sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans. Identifying information such as names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers were accessed. You can visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to find out if your information or that of a loved one was exposed. While […]

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Medicaid/TennCare: What Counts as a Gift?

When a loved one’s health takes a turn for the worse or the loved one enters long-term facility care, family members often plan to give away excess assets in order to meet resource limits and gain Medicaid benefits.  If you find yourself thinking along these lines, stop now!  This common mistake has severe consequences if […]

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