Elder Law

Jackson Conference to Address Legal Concerns for Seniors

The 17th annual Facing Future Choices Conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Jackson, The Jackson Sun reports. This free educational event addresses issues facing the aging population for both individuals and caregivers. The theme will be "The Basics: Elder Law Attorneys Providing Practical Wisdom for Facing the Future" and will feature presentations and workshops by TBA Elder Law Section members Laura Williams, Nancy Choate and Pam Wright to educate attendees on protecting assets, legal documents, veterans benefits and more. Interested parties can contact Hollie Knight at 731-668-6414 for more information.

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Program to Help Vulnerable, Elderly Crime Victims Expands Across Tennessee

The Collaborative Response to Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Abuse (CREVAA) program will be expanding to 13 additional counties across the state: Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Maury, Marshall, Moore, Perry and Wayne counties, The Elk Valley Times reports. It will be administered through the South Central Tennessee Development District, and it aims to help vulnerable, elderly and adult victims of crime. CREVAA advocates work closely with victims and provide emergency services as well as personalized long-term support systems. In order for victims to receive services, they must be officially referred to the program by law enforcement agencies, Adult Protective Services, District Attorneys or Vulnerable Adult Protective Investigative Teams.

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Don't Forget to RSVP for the Elder Law Section Lunch

The TBA Elder Law Section will host a business lunch at its annual forum in Nashville on Friday. All Elder Law Section members can attend the networking lunch; forum attendance is not required. Please contact Jarod Word with any questions and to register for this event. We hope to see you there!
 
When: July 13, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., CDT
Where: AT&T Building, 333 Commerce Street – Auditorium, Nashville, TN 37201
 
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Call for Mentors

Tennessee elder law attorneys:
 
From time to time, we have new attorneys that would like to begin their legal careers in elder law. The Elder Law Section would like to assist these individuals in learning the practice of elder law in Tennessee by encouraging its members to become mentors through the Tennessee Bar Association’s Mentoring Program. Most of us have enjoyed someone helping us with this in the past as we learned the ins and outs of this challenging area. Becoming a mentor helps to address certain obstacles while fostering mutually beneficial relationships and reducing the isolation experienced by some beginning lawyers, to generally benefit the legal profession as a whole.  
 
If you are interested, you can sign up to become a mentor here or apply to become a mentee here.
 
Section Chair
TBA Elder Law Section
 
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$35M to Be Granted to Statewide Aging Programs

About $35 million will soon be made available through a grant process stemming from the settlement of two Davidson County Chancery Court cases in Tennessee. In August, the court ordered that the funds would be used "to sustain and improve the quality of life for the elderly of Tennessee.” The court also ordered the funds be used “on a statewide basis with local impacts” in addressing four specific senior issues in Tennessee: affordable senior housing, senior dental, senior transportation and legal assistance for seniors. Learn more about the process from the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

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