Guardianship

Guardianship What is it? Parents are legally responsible for all decisions for their children until the child turns 18. A court can appoint a person to be a child’s guardian. What does Tennessee law say? Guardianship is defined in Tennessee Code Annotated Title 34...

Supported Decision-Making SDM (for Adults)

Supported Decision-Making (SDM) What is it? Supported decision-making (SDM) applies to all types of decision-making. SDM supports people to understand and make decisions about their lives. A person using SDM selects trusted advisors such as family members, friends, or...

Supported Decision-Making (SDM) (with a Conservatorship)

Supported Decision-Making (SDM) What is it? Supported decision-making (SDM) applies to all types of decision-making. SDM supports people to understand and make decisions about their lives. A person using SDM selects trusted advisors such as family members, friends, or...

Health Care Surrogate

Health Care Surrogate What is it? A Health Care Surrogate means someone else will make decisions for you about your healthcare if you are unable to make them yourself. A Health Care Surrogate is different from a Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA), because: 1. A doctor...

Special Needs Trust

Special Needs Trust What is it? Legal plan with someone you trust to protect the assets and money of a person with a disability. A Special Needs Trust can protect money or other property (like a house or car or other things a person owns) from being mismanaged or...