New Office Location in Johnson City, TN

June 12, 2019, (Knoxville, TN) – Elder Law of East Tennessee (ELET) announces the opening of their second office in Johnson City, TN starting on July 1, 2019. Since 2009, ELET has served clients throughout the eastern Tennessee region. The convenience of the new Johnson City location will lessen the strain on families that have […]

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Tennessee Medicaid: TennCare Income Limits

To qualify for Medicaid long-term care benefits under the TennCare CHOICES program, an applicant must demonstrate financial need by documenting his or her monthly income and total assets. Both income and assets must be below certain limits in order to qualify for TennCare CHOICES. Each state administers its own Medicaid program, so the rules and […]

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Medicaid/TennCare: What Assets Can a Spouse Keep?

When applying for TennCare CHOICES, Tennessee’s Medicaid program that covers long-term services and supports, there are certain assets that are exempt assets. Exempt assets don’t count against the applicant when determining if they meet the program’s asset limits. Currently, those excluded assets include the homestead and any contiguous property (up to a certain equity value), […]

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2019 Update: Do I Have to File Taxes?

Around this time of year we get lots of questions about filing taxes.  To be clear from the beginning, a disclaimer:  while Elder Law of East Tennessee assists clients with many legal issues related to finances, but we do not practice tax law and are not CPAs.  If you have questions related to your taxes […]

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Celebrating Jill Shoffner During National Social Work Month

Jill Shoffner isn’t necessarily the first person you notice when you walk into a room. Her presence and personality don’t jump out and grab you; she’s comfortable sitting in the background and listening to the buzz of conversation around her, absorbing others’ thoughts and weighing their perspectives. But when the moment is right she doesn’t […]

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Beneficiary Designations and Your Estate Plan

When you open an account at the bank or with an investment firm, you may be asked to name beneficiaries who will receive those funds after you pass away. You may also name another person as a co-owner to help manage the account, especially if you anticipate a time when you will be unable to […]

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Fire Safety for People with Dementia

Because of the way dementia affects the brain, people with the disease are at greater risk for self-injury than the general population. Not only does dementia cause memory loss, but it also impacts the parts of the brain that control reasoning and problem-solving. People don’t just forget they’ve turned on the stove; they may also […]

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ELET Serves Our Community

The three pillars of our mission at ELET are honesty, respect, and compassion.  Those aren’t just words.  Several years ago our team identified those as our core values, and they are at the heart of everything we do. Lately we have been especially focused on the third pillar:  compassion.  We practice compassion daily with our […]

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Advocacy Tips:  Moving a Loved One into a Long-term Care Facility

Helping your parent, grandparent, spouse, or other loved one move into long-term care at an assisted living or nursing home can be stressful. Not only are emotions heightened due to the unwanted change, but you may receive confusing and even conflicting information from different sources. You may feel like you are drowning in a river […]

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How Much Does Long-term Care Cost?

Given a choice, most of us would prefer to die peacefully in our sleep at a ripe old age after an active day of cooking dinner for our family, going out with friends, or puttering around in the garden. We prefer to imagine ourselves healthy and independent till the last. The thought of death is […]

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