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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Assisted Living Advocacy: Understanding Residents’ Rights

Moving out of the private home and into an assisted living facility (ALF) may become necessary as care needs increase.  ALFs afford some level of independence while ensuring that the elder receives needed assistance with daily activities.  A move to an ALF may offer other benefits to the elder, such as increased social opportunities and […]

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Medicaid in Tennessee: How to Apply for TennCare CHOICES

Tennessee residents who need Medicaid to help pay for long-term care need to apply for TennCare CHOICES. This program pays for long-term services and supports in a nursing home, at an assisted living, or in the home. If you or a loved one is already in a rehab facility, you may be approached by facility […]

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Recent Changes to Tennessee Probate Law

Last week’s blog addressed some basics about estate administration options and probate.  Some of the things that make probate so challenging for the average person are the number of regulations, the constant changes in the law, and the necessity of dealing with financial institutions which may be reluctant to cooperate for security and legal reasons.  […]

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Probate Options and Alternatives

When a loved one dies, most people have questions and concerns about settling the estate administration process and whether or not they will need to open probate court proceedings.  “Do I have to file the Will in court?”  “They had so few assets – is probate really necessary?”  “Is there a way to get this […]

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Grandparents’ Rights in Tennessee

From the moment of birth, a seemingly inextricable linkage between grandparent and grandchild is present.  Both parent and grandparent are committed to what is best and what is needed for the child.  Unfortunately, the idyllic relationship among grandparent, parent, and grandchild does not always last as disruptive events occur.  Drug addiction, a prison sentence, death […]

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Irrevocable Trusts

In last week’s blog, we offered information about Trusts Generally and Revocable Living Trusts and how they can be used as part of an estate plan to achieve certain goals, such as managing assets while the trustmaker is still living and sparing loved ones the hassle and cost of probate court proceedings to distribute property […]

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Trusts in General and Revocable Living Trusts

A trust is a part of your estate plan which controls how your property is used by you during your life and after your death.  Think of it as a container which can hold assets with a manager to oversee investments, distributions, and taxes.  Different kinds of trusts achieve very different estate planning goals, but […]

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Marriage Equality and Estate Planning

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” Thanks to the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, same-sex […]

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