(865) 588-3700 • Monica J. Franklin is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, the ABA approved entity for certifying attorneys as Specialists in Elder Law. info@monicafranklinelderlaw.com

Dear Monica,
Thank you for helping us with Mama. It was a relief to know that you and your team were there for us to make sure we didn’t mess anything up! Our attorney friend who referred us to you was right: you and your team are knowledgeable, trustworthy and caring.

Thank you—W.V. and L.D.

Our practice is solely focused on Elder and Special Needs law.

We have a wonderful team of dedicated professionals. Monica Franklin is a Certified Specialist in Elder Law. We have two additional attorneys on our team: Glen Kyle and Anna Xiques. We have professionals from other fields on our team. For example, Susie Stiles and Gabrielle Blake are licensed clinical social workers, Judy Wyrick, B.S. is our public benefits specialist, and she assists our clients with accessing public benefits as well as providing care advocacy. This multidisciplinary approach to the legal and care needs of our clients, provides families with welcome relief from worries before, during, and after a loved one’s transition to long-term care, whether at home or in a residential care facility. Gwen Lawless, Legal Assistant, is the cheerful voice who answers our telephone, sets appointments and assists with other administrative aspects of our practice. Trish Kennedy, Legal Assistant, assists with probate and conservatorship matters as well as other administrative duties. Most members of our team have worked together for almost ten years—a sure sign that we love what we do.

Our services may be broken down into four categories:

  • Life Care Planning: This is our comprehensive service for clients and their families who need our expertise in finding, getting and paying for care using public and private resources. This involves Medicaid Planning, Veteran’s Benefits Planning, Care Advocacy, Education and Support, drafting of legal documents to help preserve our client’s assets, first for our client, but then for the family to the extent possible.   Creating a “Care Plan” and a “Pay for Care Plan.”
  • Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives for Healthcare, Trusts, and a focus on Special Needs Trusts for persons of any age.
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Conservatorship for disabled children.

We enjoy communicating with our clients by writing interesting articles on elder law and care issues that many older adults experience. Gabrielle Blake, L.C.S.W. writes a monthly blog about on varying subjects of interest to our clients. Monica writes a quarterly article, “Senior Moments” for the Tennessee Bar Journal. Those are posted on our website as well as past newsletters. We enjoy speaking to community organizations, church groups and the medical community. Give us a call at 588-3700 if you would like to invite us to speak to your group,  

Our Elder Law practice is dedicated to guiding, protecting and caring for the special needs and concerns of older adults and their families. We are a team of highly trained and compassionate professionals committed to the highest standards of client service. We advocate for our clients’ rights to quality care, self-determination, dignity, and privacy. We help those close to our clients provide the right support–financial or care, at the right time, and in the right place–whether at home or in the community. Together, we are your family’s trusted legal advocates—working for the older adult’s best interest often within the framework of family, professional caregivers, healthcare providers and community. We look forward to serving you and your family.

The well written and informative article was of particular interest to me… Moreover, Ms. Franklin courteously took a call from me to answer a particular question relevant to my circumstance. I commend you as editor for seeking out the talent who write articles for the Tennessee Bar Journal and in particular Ms. Franklin.

Richard Ruth Jr., TBA Senior Counselor Designate, Pro Bono Attorney Emeritus

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