Legal Assistance
Legal Resources for Older Adults

 

Legal assistance for low-income older adults and adults with disabilities is provided through Legal Aid of East Tennessee. Across 26 counties — from Chattanooga to the Tri- Cities — Legal Aid of East Tennessee provides civil legal representation free of charge 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 legal help they need. Every day, we proudly answer the call for high-quality legal services that help change lives and improve communities.

For assistance with non-criminal legal matters, older Tennesseans can also contact the Tennessee Senior Legal Helpline at 1-844-435-7486.

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LEGAL AID OF NORTHEAST TENNESSEE
For over 50 years, Legal Aid of East Tennessee has worked to build stronger communities and improve lives by providing high-quality legal services free of charge to qualifying individuals. CLICK HERE to learn more.

LEGAL HELPLINE (STATEWIDE)
For assistance with non-criminal legal matters, older Tennesseans can contact the Tennessee Senior Legal Helpline at 1-844-435-7486CLICK HERE to learn more.
 
DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY AND FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY INFORMATION
For these two categories, seek competent legal counsel in your area. The complexities of these two forms are greater than that of something like an advance care directive. You will benefit from the guidance of a lawyer. CLICK HERE to learn more.

LIVING WILL AND ADVANCE DIRECTIVE INFORMATION
You can use these documents to let your family and doctor know your decisions for health care if you become unable to decide for yourself. You can appoint someone you know and trust as your health care decision maker to ensure that your choice or decision is honored. A living will, originally designed to be completed when a person was diagnosed with a terminal illness, is an earlier version of an advance care directive document that tells a doctor how a patient wants to be treated. CLICK HERE to learn more.

HELP WITH FILING INCOME TAXES
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant program offers free tax preparation to qualifying taxpayers in Northeast Tennessee. All of the volunteers are fully trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). CLICK HERE to learn more.