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Free Public Education programs sponsored by the Knoxville Bar Association.
Free Public Education Programs
KBA Members Volunteer to Teach Free Courses on the Law.
In today's world -- where almost everything we do is affected by law, productive citizens need to be law-smart. Everyone needs to learn about their legal responsibilities and rights and to develop respect for law, others, and themselves ... all of which can come from law related education. The members of the Knoxville Bar Association have always been firmly committed to serving the needs of the community and since 1995 the KBA has served as a national leader in providing law related education programs for the public.
The Community Law School will be held this year on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the O’Connor Senior Center (611 Winona Street) and Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Fellowship Church (8000 Middlebrook Pike).
Topics like debt, mortgage foreclosures, and wills and advance directives are never easy to think about or discuss. But, with an aging population and the economic downturn, it is critical for every person, regardless of their age or financial security. The seminars offered through the Community Law School program will educate local residents about how to protect themselves against fraud, make sure their wishes are observed at important moments, and provide them with peace of mind regarding healthcare and financial decisions. The Community Law School is a public education program sponsored by the Knoxville Bar Association that offers free seminars on areas of the law that concern every citizen. This program, formerly known as the “People’s Law School”, has been a great success, with over 7,000 graduates over the last twenty years.
Persons interested in understanding the importance of basic estate planning so that their wishes will be observed should attend the “Wills & Estate Planning for Everyone” program from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Approximately half of senior citizens have neither a living will nor have discussed end-of-life decisions with their children. Many Tennesseans think they've already made their plans known, but they don't know that because of recent changes in the law, their old living wills may not be adequate. Many more Tennesseans haven't completed the necessary documentation in order that their wishes will be observed at important moments in their life. Starting in 2016, Tennessee has eliminated the state inheritance tax. Prior to 2016, potential inheritance tax liability was an influencing factor in the recommendations made by estate planners. What may have made sense in an estate plan five or ten years ago, may not be applicable under current laws.
Many in our community are facing critical economic and healthcare decisions and don’t know where to turn for basic legal information about their rights and responsibilities. The Community Law School will offer a session from 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. entitled "Consumer Rights & Responsibilities: Protect Yourself and Your Assets." Learn about legislation aimed to help vulnerable consumers avoid foreclosure and steer clear of rescue scams. Understand your rights if you are trying to pay off a debt, what to do if you are sued by a creditor and the legal implications of signing a contract. Learn how to avoid identity theft and what to do if your identity is stolen. This course will review how these issues impact you and your personal financial situation. The more information people have about these topics, the better they will be able to plan and implement decisions for themselves and their loved ones.
Good advance planning for financial and health care decisions is, in reality, a continuing conversation--about values, priorities, the meaning of one's life, and quality of life. The Community Law School is intended to provide unbiased information on the topics presented, including forms which can be utilized by the public. Both sessions will be offered on Friday and Saturday by attorneys who are volunteers with the Knoxville Bar Association.
East Tennessee Personal Care Service, Knox County Office on Aging and Knoxville Bar Foundation
Of the hundreds of people who have attended the KBA's law related education programs, there hasn't a single word about the economy, although everyone has been affected by it. There have been only words of gratitude for the KBA and the volunteer lawyers who provided much needed information in an easy-to-understand manner.