Special Needs Law

A Legacy-Focused Special Needs
Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm

Our Core Mission

We help clients prepare for efficient management of their financial assets and resources for the ongoing care, support, and overall well-being of their loved ones upon their incapacity or death.

Our priority is the protection and support of our clients and their most vulnerable family members – young children, individuals with special needs, and elders. We strive to identify available resources for which clients or their family members may be eligible, and we help all of our clients steward their financial resources with tax-efficient strategies..

Because our clients’ most valuable assets extend beyond these financial resources, we also offer a deeper approach. Our legacy focus provides peace of mind by addressing future uncertainties through a values-based and life-affirming process that helps shape clients’ decision-making as they make the daily choices that most impact their families.

Our Client Service Goals

three steps to partnering

We Partner With You Every Step Of The Way

What Partnering with Us Looks Like:



We share with you about the outcomes under Tennessee law without an estate plan or with your current plan, and you share with us about your life – financial assets, relationships, values, challenges, and goals.



We apply the law to the facts of your life to advise you about alternative options you may prefer, prepare the documents that produce the outcome you choose, and support you in the way you choose to ensure all assets are held and beneficiaries designated to produce that outcome.



We review your plan at least every three years to make sure it works, and over time, we help you – at your pace – build a combination of letters, videos, and other media to share your fullest legacy with younger generations for years to come.

Failing to plan is planning to Fail

-Benjamin Franklin & Winston Churchill

From heated arguments and costly litigation to family cold wars of terse words and bitter silence, the heart-breaking outcomes that result from delaying too long can be avoided. Contemplating death and disability is challenging but, like most hard tasks, also worthwhile and rewarding. We would be honored to support and guide you in this work of enduring love and leadership of your family.

Meet Your Attorney

Shauna Collins

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Shauna Collins is an adoptive mother and stepmother and a special needs parent who attended law school with the solitary purpose of serving as Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care. She attained this goal and advocated for East Tennessee children, parents, and families in juvenile court for several years. When her child with special needs turned 18 and required a conservatorship, Shauna recognized the need for detail-oriented estate planning, especially for blended families like her own.  She returned to law school to complete an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Elder Law and Estate Planning and now combines her legal education with the strengths-based approach she learned from dedicated juvenile court social workers to help clients both plan for the future and enhance their present lives.

What People Say About Us

Client Testimonials

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**Information provided on this website is for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice without consulting our attorney to discuss application of all relevant federal and state law to the facts of your specific circumstances.

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Our goal is to help people in the best way possible. this is a basic principle in every case and cause for success. contact us today for a free consultation. 

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