Elder Law Section

The section provides education to its members, makes recommendations for improving the law, and undertakes projects to increase the understanding of senior citizens, their families and the public concerning legal issues affecting the elderly.

Chair
Monica Franklin & Associates,...
4931 Homberg Drive
Knoxville, TN 379195146
(865)588-3700
Immediate Past Chair
Elder Law of East Tennessee
903 N. Hall of Fame Dr
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865)951-2410
Vice-Chair
Elder Law Practice of Timothy L....
150 Stonebrook Lane
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615)824-2571

Law Establishes Ward's Right to Communicate with Family

Gov. Bill Haslam signed yesterday into law the “Campbell Falk Act” that establishes a ward’s right to visit and communicate with family and close friends. Previously, state law allowed a conservator to restrict visitation and communication with the ward without going to court, even when it involved communication or visits by a family member. Under the Republican-sponsored measure, a conservator cannot restrict communication unless specifically authorized by the court. The law is named in recognition of country artist Glen Campbell and actor Peter Falk, according to a news release from Senate Republican Caucus.

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Court to Consider if Dementia Should Stop Execution

The execution of an Alabama inmate who had suffered strokes and dementia was delayed today, after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it wanted to review lawyers' claims that it would be unconstitutional to execute the man because he is no longer competent, WRCB-TV reports. The appellate court said it will hear oral arguments in the case this June, however, the Alabama attorney general's office responded with an emergency motion to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to let the execution proceed before the death warrant expires at midnight.

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