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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Driving Mobility Affects Seniors’ Social Lives and Overall Health

According to a recent study, elderly drivers who stop driving and have no transportation alternatives become less socially active and risk isolation. This can lead to a decline in both physical and mental health.Teja Pristavec, a sociology researcher at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, sought to determine the effect of driving mobility on the […]

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The Future and Financing of Long Term Care

Long-term care is fast becoming a vital issue for our nation to address.  We have 78 million aging baby boomers.  The costs of long-term care to these baby boomers will be catastrophic, and few people have sufficient resources to pay for needed long-term care. In an effort to deal with this growing concern, in 2012 […]

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The Elder Care Continuum

The Central Tool of a Life Care Planning Law Firm What will happen to my parents’ assets as they get older and may have to move into an assisted living or nursing facility?  How will my spouse’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis affect our housing options, and how can I provide the best possible care?  What resources are […]

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Planning for the Long Term: America’s Avoidance of the Issue

Elder Counselor Volume 6 Issue 5                     November 2015 Most Americans are unaware or in denial of their potential need for long-term care and the costs associated with it.  This is supported by many studies and was reconfirmed recently in a telephone survey of 1,735 Americans over […]

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Changes in TennCare/Medicaid: New CHOICES Rules

Throughout 2012, change has been afoot in the rules for Tennessee’s Medicaid program, “CHOICES.”  On July 1, a new set of rules took effect, dramatically changing the criteria for qualification and the services an individual can or cannot receive based on his or her need acuity rating.  Public benefits programs such as Medicaid are always […]

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Client Profile: “She’s Going Down, and You’re Going Down With Her”

“I have good friends, wonderful children, and a lovely wife. I couldn’t ask for more. I know what love is, and I have it all around me.” Occasionally you meet a person who infuses every interaction with positivity. At Elder Law of East Tennessee, we have been blessed to build a relationship with Tom, a […]

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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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Dementia and Sexual Consent

Introduction Sex and the elderly (specifically those with dementia) has been getting a lot of attention lately due to the April 2015 resolution of the sexual assault case State of Iowa v. Henry Rayhons. This case raises important questions regarding the intimate relationships of those who develop memory debilitating diseases and their loved ones. Former […]

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Elder Law Attorneys Help Get a Grip on Probate

When a person dies, it falls to someone – often a relative or other loved one named in the decedent’s will – to administer the estate. Estate administration is the act of collecting the decedent’s assets and distributing them to the proper recipients, including creditors and beneficiaries of a will or the decedent’s heirs at […]

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