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Independence builds on our long-standing commitment to help seniors and adults with disabilities live independently. We help seniors and adults with disabilities achieve a more comfortable and affordable living.

Independence includes three areas of advocacy:

  1. CHOICES long term services and supports
  2. Enrolling seniors and adults with disabilities in five core public benefits.
  3. Elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation
    • The five core benefit programs are: Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), Medicare Part D Extra Help (LIS), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and TennCare.We assist in completing applications and all other enrollment steps for seniors and adults with disabilities across Tennessee.

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CHOICES is Tennessee’s long-term care program for people over 65 and people with disabilities. CHOICES might help you or your loved one get long-term care. CHOICES can help you get home care you need to stay in the community. It might also pay for care in a nursing home. There are three different levels of CHOICES. Click here to learn more about CHOICES.

To get help with CHOICES, call our CHOICES Client Advocate, Katie Ann, at 615-846-4713.


We help seniors and adults with disabilities enroll in five core programs: Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), Medicare Part D Extra Help (LIS), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and TennCare. Click here to learn more about these programs.

For help enrolling in one or more of the five core benefits, call TJC at 615- 255-0331.


It’s not always easy to recognize elder abuse when it happens to you or someone you know. The Tennessee Justice Center provides civil legal representation to seniors 60 and older who have experienced physical or emotional abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.

For more information, call our Elder Justice Attorney, Shelby, at 615-846-4715.




22 years of dedication to seniors and individuals with disabilities

The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) has served older adults since 1995, when Tennessee bar leaders founded TJC as a nonprofit law firm to provide free civil legal representation to vulnerable Tennesseans statewide. Knowing resources will always be insufficient to solve clients’ problems one at a time, TJC was founded to advocate for systemic reforms that federally funded Legal Aid organizations were barred from pursuing. All of TJC’s work remains grounded in, and informed by, service to individual clients.  Each year TJC accepts about 900 individual cases, from all parts of Tennessee, in which the necessities of life (health care, public benefits and nutrition assistance) are at stake. TJC uses insights gained from the handling of those individual cases to advocate for policies and programmatic reforms that have benefited hundreds of thousands of other vulnerable Tennesseans similarly situated.

Click to read more about TJC’s key successes for older adults.

Click here to read client stories from over the years. 


Secured in CHOICES

benefits so far in 2017.


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We are grateful to our many colleagues in private practice who have selflessly donated their time and talents to partner with TJC in serving our clients. These heroes come from across the state, and they include attorneys from national firms who have come to Tennessee to co-counsel with us on some of our very large and complex class actions.

Pam Ford Wright is a state treasure. She was the first attorney in Tennessee to become certified in elder law, and she has mentored scores of other lawyers in this arcane area of the law.