Planning for Living

William King Self, Jr., a Member of the Memphis law firm Apperson Crump, PLC, is designated an Elder Law Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Elder Care Law

Elder Law focuses on older adults and their needs over a broad range of legal fields rather than any one specific legal area or problem.  The elderly face unique problems threatening their personal and financial independence, both for health care reasons and because of their vulnerability for financial abuses by others.  Elder lawyers take a “holistic” approach to the problems of older adults while also using traditional estate planning tools like living trusts, powers of attorney, wills, conservatorships, and special needs trusts.

Some areas of elder care law practice include:

  • Conservatorships and guardianships for the protection of vulnerable adults
  • Public Benefits Eligibility Planning, including Medicaid eligibility for nursing home assistance, Social Security, SSI, and Veterans Benefits like “Aid and Assistance;”
  • Estate Planning, including wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, health care advance directives, and special needs planning for family members with disabilities;
  • Planning for Living: working with older adults to help them remain independent and maintain a high quality of life using strategies appropriate for their unique situations;
  • Trust and Estate Administration, including administration of revocable and irrevocable trusts, probate of wills, and intestate estates.
  • Veterans Administration Planning

Above all, an elder lawyer’s focus and responsibility is always to the “elder” client and finding appropriate ways to enhance and protect his or her quality of life through proper planning.

Our elder law attorneys will consult with you to evaluate your needs and help you achieve your objectives no matter what your particular elder care needs may be.

Special Needs Planning

Special Needs Planning, often using revocable or irrevocable special needs trusts, is another important part of King’s practice. He can assist you with planning and establishing an appropriate trust for your unique situation. There are several kinds of special needs trusts, each serving the primary purpose of providing for the supplemental needs of disabled persons without disqualifying them from public benefits like Medicaid. A family member of a loved one with a disability can establish a “third party” special needs trust funded now or at the family member’s death through a bequest or life insurance. A “first party” special needs trust protects assets received from tort lawsuits or inheritances. King assists tort victims and their attorneys retain public benefits including SSI and Medicaid while protecting assets for the disabled person in a special needs trust. Find out more about how a special needs trust might help.

Serving Memphis, west Tennessee and northern Mississippi

With offices in Memphis, TN, we work with clients throughout west Tennessee and northern Mississippi. If you or a family member has a situation where we might be of assistance, please contact us to schedule a personal, confidential conference.


William King Self, Jr.
Apperson Crump PLC
6070 Poplar Avenue
Sixth Floor
Memphis, TN 38119

(901) 756-6300

Special Needs Alliance

William King Self, Jr. has been selected for membership in the Special Needs Alliance, a leading national association of lawyers working with individuals with disabilities and their families.

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