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Across 26 counties — from Chattanooga to the Tri Cities — Legal Aid of East Tennessee provides civil legal representation for those who need it most. The elderly. Victims of domestic violence. Low-income families. All those who face a legal challenge yet don’t have the vital assistance they need. Every day, we proudly answer the call for high-quality legal services that help change lives and improve communities.

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Protecting your Finances and Identity

Whether you’re facing harassment from bill collectors or looking for options to address financial hardships involving your home or assets, the following resources can help you navigate several common issues.

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Keeping your Family Safe, Healthy and Happy

LAET serves families of all kinds to help them stay safe and healthy. Family law includes adoption, divorce, parenting plans, juvenile emancipation, and orders of protection. Below, you’ll find resources related to family law as well as matters crucial to family health and wellbeing. These are designed to help you advocate for yourself or your family in the State of Tennessee.

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Protecting Yourself from Domestic Violence

LAET serves families of all kinds to help them stay safe and healthy. Family law includes adoption, divorce, parenting plans, juvenile emancipation, and orders of protection. Below, you’ll find resources related to family law as well as matters crucial to family health and wellbeing. These are designed to help you advocate for yourself or your family in the State of Tennessee.

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Housing Justice and Protecting your Property

Tenants, landlords, and homeowners all have unique rights in the State of Tennessee. Here are resources to understand how to advocate for housing justice and navigate issues of property.

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Protecting and Serving our Elderly Neighbors

Senior citizens are some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. More and more Tennesseans age 60 and older live in poverty and face financial insecurity, housing instability, difficulties accessing benefits and healthcare, and exploitation and abuse. Often, they may not be able to afford a private attorney and are left isolated and unprepared to navigate complicated issues and legal systems.

Our services are free of charge to qualifying seniors (see below).

What is the Tennessee Senior Law Alliance?

The settlement of two related Chancery Court cases in Davidson County, Tennessee, resulted in the availability of approximately $36 million in funding for the purpose 0f making life better for older Tennesseans. The funding—the SeniorTrust/ElderTrust grant—was distributed to address the four areas in which Tennessee seniors are most disadvantaged: housing, transportation, dental, and legal assistance.

Approximately $5.5 million was routed to legal services, and the Tennessee Senior Law Alliance (TSLA) was established. TSLA is a first-of-its-kind network in which the four major legal aid organizations across the state (Memphis Area Legal Services, West Tennessee Legal Services, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, and Legal Aid of East Tennessee) work together to provide expanded free civil legal services to qualifying seniors in all 95 counties in Tennessee.

What Does the Tennessee Senior Law Alliance do?

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A senior may qualify for our free legal help if:

  1. They are 60 or older,
  2. They are a citizen or legal resident of the United States,
  3. They reside in one of the 26 counties in our service area, and
  4. They have a legal issue in one of the following areas:
 

Estate Planning
(wills, powers of attorney, advanced directives/living wills, conservatorships, probate issues, etc.)

Public Benefits and Healthcare Benefits
(Social Security, SSDI, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid/TennCare, CHOICES, QITs/Miller Trusts, SNAP/food stamps, etc.)

Consumer Issues
(debt collection, creditor harassment, predatory lending, scams, identity theft, etc.)

Housing Issues
(landlord-tenant issues, housing discrimination, evictions, etc.)

Financial Exploitation and Elder Abuse
(power of attorney revocations, orders of protection, etc.)

WE EDUCATE

In addition to providing free legal services out of our offices to qualifying seniors, we also provide free educational presentations and programs and walk-in legal care clinics at different senior centers and locations throughout our service area. Anyone is welcome to attend our educational programs, including family members of seniors.

If you would like to know if we are coming to a location near you soon for an educational program or legal clinic, or if you would like to host such an event at your venue, contact Hayley Griffith for more information and scheduling: (865) 251-4944 or hgriffith@laet.org.

*NOTICE: Our in-person outreach is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also develop and circulate free educational materials with basic legal information (see the “Downloadable Resources” block).

How Do I Get Free Legal Help Through the Tennessee Senior Law Alliance?

To see if you qualify for our free legal services:
CALL our Senior Line: (866) 333-1505

(Please note the Senior Line area code is 866, not 865)


EMAIL us at LegalAid@laet.org, OR
VISIT one of our offices

*NOTICE: Our offices are currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.