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Legal Issues Related to Alzheimer's

The following is provided for information only. TCAD is not responsible for the content associated with any of the links provided. Please consult an attorney or an agency familiar with Elder Law before making any legal decisions.

Why Plan?

The Alzheimer's Association cautions: "It's important for everyone to plan for the future, but legal plans are especially important for a person with Alzheimer's disease. The sooner planning starts, the more the person with dementia may be able to participate."

Legal Issues Related to Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

  • Preservation or transfer of assets while seeking to avoid spousal impoverishment when one spouse 
  • enters a nursing home
  • Medicare and Public Aid
  • Medicare claims and appeals
  • Social Security and disability claims and appeals
  • Supplemental and long-term health insurance issues
  • Disability planning, including preparation of durable powers of attorney and living wills, and financial management, including living trusts
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship issues
  • Probate
  • Long-term care placements in nursing homes and life-care communities
  • Elder abuse and fraud recovery
  • Medical legalities
  • Asset Management
  • Living Wills
  • Do Not Resuscitate Directives

Legal Services in Tennessee

Justice For All: A Tennessee Supreme Court Initiative - This site has phone numbers and addresses for Legal Aid offices throughout Tennessee.

West Tennessee Legal Services

Tennessee Elder Law Hotline - Hotline for legal information and referral 

Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
414 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Hotline Hours: 9-12; 1-4, EST
800-836-0128
423-756-0128

Tennessee Bar Association - Elder Law Section

Tennessee Bar Association
221 Fourth Avenue North
Suite 400
Nashville, Tennessee 37219.

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services

This site has information about available legal services county by county in the State of Tennessee.