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Jelks Law, PLLC is a boutique business and estates firm which serves clients primarily in Tennessee and Georgia. We take proactive steps to protect what's most important to our clients: their families, their businesses and their dignity. Whether you are scaling your business or preparing for the inevitable, our experienced team will walk you through all of your options so that you can make the best decision.

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Estate planning

What is Estate Planning?

  • Estate planning is the process of forming a legal plan for what happens to your minor children, and all of your assets after you die or become unable to care for yourself. Continue Reading.

Who is Estate Planning a good fit for?

  • If you have children, you need an estate plan regardless of the amount of assets you have. If you do not have children, you need an estate plan if you have savings (such as 401ks or Roth IRAs) or other assets including cards, houses, or a business. Everyone over the age of 17 at least needs a power of attorney. Read More.

What age or time in life is best to start planning for my estate?

  • When you begin to accumulate savings or assets, buy a house, or have children, and you would like to have some control over how and to whom those assets are distributed after death or in the case of serious injury rendering you unable to care for yourself. Continue Reading.

What are the dangers of not having an estate plan?

  • In the event that you die or become legally unable to make your own decisions, if you do not have an estate plan, your savings and assets may become subject to the probate process. Probate is both lengthy and expensive. This could lead to unexpected or undesirable distribution of your estate, causing family conflict and other issues. Continue Reading.

How does an Attorney control what happens with my estate?

  • Estate and Inheritance Law varies from state to state. Attorneys use tools including different types of wills and trusts, powers of attorney, conservatorships, guardianships, and business succession plans, to avoid the probate process and ensure that your estate is distributed according to your wishes. Continue Reading.

What are Wills and how do they work?

  • A will is an official legal document which details what happens to your minor children, property and assets after you pass away. Continue Reading.

What are Trusts and how do they work?

  • A trust is a legal entity which can hold ownership or control of your property, assets, or income, and can be used for greater control over how your estate is handled at the time of your passing or in the event that you are no longer able to care for yourself. There are many different types of trusts used by an Estate Planning Attorney. They can also be used in planning for entering long term care facilities to separate yourself from your estate, to assist with medicaid eligibility. Continue Reading.

What are Advanced Care Directives how do they work?

  • Advanced Care Directives are legal documents which can allow you to specify, in advance, how you would like to be treated medically if you are unable to do so at time of sickness or injury. They can alleviate the burden of responsibility for family members to make uncomfortable decisions in these times, and ensure that your wishes are fulfilled in these situations. A common example of an advanced care directive you may be familiar with is a DNR or do not resuscitate order. Continue Reading.

What are Conservatorships and how do they work?

  • A conservatorship is a legal proceeding where a judge appoints a third party to make your medical or financial decisions due to your incapacitation. Estate planning attorneys can help you avoid the assignment of a conservator in certain situations, or help control who is specified as your conservator. Continue Reading.

Amanda Jelks Chattanoogas premier estate planning, probate, and business attorney

My law practice focuses primarily on providing a peace of mind to entrepreneurs and small business owners through my business legal services and estate/succession planning.

Amanda N. Jelks

An Estate Planning Attorney You Can Trust

Leslie A. Starritt  Chattanooga's premier medicaid planning, attorney

Leslie A. Starritt brings seven years of estate planning, elder law, and Medicaid planning experience to the firm.

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