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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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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The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

Special needs trusts are powerful tools for individuals with disabilities to pay for the quality of life they desire.  However, there is a flaw in current special needs trust law which prevents people with special needs from establishing their own special needs trusts, often referred to as “d4A” trusts.  Only a parent, grandparent, conservator, or […]

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End of Life Decisions: Know Your Options

Life Care Planning is what we do at Elder Law of East Tennessee.  The focus is always on getting good care and maximizing our clients’ quality of life.  Unfortunately the effects of some diseases become overwhelmingly incapacitating, painful, or emotionally intolerable.  The suffering is too great.  Our clients or their closest loved ones begin to […]

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Advance Directives: Talking About Death Can Make Life Easier for All

Have you talked with your family and loved ones about how you want to die? Do you know how you want to be treated (or not treated) if you are suddenly injured, or suffer a stroke, or for some other reason are not able to make decisions for yourself?

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Handwritten Wills: Legal Does Not Make Wise

Normally the name Thomas Kinkaid evokes images of cozy cottages nestled in peaceful rural scenes. But following the artist’s death in 2012, the settlement of his estate was anything but peaceful and cozy. Why? After Kinkaid’s death, his live-in girlfriend produced two handwritten wills, dated from 2011, which contradicted Kinkaid’s previous will and other estate […]

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The Basics and Benefits of Creating Your Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a critical elder law and estate planning document which names a person, called an agent or an attorney-in-fact, to act on your behalf and handle all kinds of transactions and decisions. There are numerous benefits of having a highly detailed, comprehensive power of attorney, but it is necessary to proceed […]

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Estate Planning 103: Health Care Planning

In the previous two blogs we covered the financial side of Estate Planning. Now let’s look at the documents you need to establish a solid plan for health care management.

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Estate Planning 102: Durable General Financial Power of Attorney

Last week we took a look at Estate Planning and how a Last Will and Testament and Revocable Living Trust can help to protect your property during life and after death. Now let’s consider another important document that will help you manage your financial affairs during your lifetime as you age.

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