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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Plan Ahead to Ensure Your Wishes are Carried Out

The importance of proactively making end-of-life preparations cannot be emphasized enough. Proper planning in the form of wills, powers of attorney, advance directives, and in some circumstances trusts can save the whole family money and stress when those documents are needed. Without them, medical and financial situations may turn into crisis or may not be […]

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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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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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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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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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