Legal Services

DISCLAIMER: The CAC has compiled lists of autism-related resources in our region to help you save time searching for them on the web. This list of service providers is for informational purposes only and being listed does not constitute the endorsement of the CAC. 


If you would like us to add a resource or update a resource, contact us at 423-531-6961 opt 2 or email

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

The Chambliss Special Needs Planning team of attorneys and certified care coordinators provide counsel to individuals and family members living with a disability including but not limited to autism and developmental disabilities.Working with parents and guardians to map out a holistic plan addressing their loved one’s legal, financial, and personal care needs, is the core of what they do. They have decades of experience with special needs and supplemental needs trusts, guardianships and conservatorships, life care and long-term care plans, powers of attorney, healthcare proxies, living wills, benefits planning, disability and incapacity planning, family law, and housing.


Contact: Amy Boulware

Phone: 423-321-0403



Location: Liberty Tower, 605 Chestnut Street, Suite 1700, Chattanooga, TN 37450

Disability Rights Tennessee

Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is a nonprofit legal services organization that provides free legal advocacy services to protect the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities with numerous issues, including employment discrimination, safety in schools, abuse and neglect, and access to community resources and services.

DRT is committed to preserving the dignity and freedom of people with disabilities while meeting their diverse and unique needs. DRT’s new Decision-Making Supports (DMS) program is designed to help people with disabilities get supports that best meet their needs.

As people grow and change, so do their needs. For example, following a bad injury someone might have been placed in a conservatorship while they were incapacitated. Years later though, they’ve healed and changed and don’t need the full coverage of a conservatorship anymore. In situations like these, a special team can help modify or end uncontested conservatorships. If you are a conservator or ward who wants to modify or reverse an existing conservatorship, contact Disability Rights of TN. The decision to modify or reverse should be one that both parties support. All DRT services are free. 

Contact: 1(800) 342-1660


For information on reversing a conservatorship, contact Camron Hurt at (615)732-6962 or email for more information.

Elder Law Practice of David McGuffey

The Elder Law Practice represents parties in Guardianship proceedings, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid Planning and Advocacy, Lifecare planning, and much more.

Location: 400 N. Selvidge Street, Dalton, Georgia 30720
Phone: (800) 241-8755
Click this link to download a special needs planning guide to get you started

Pierce and Huisman, PLLC

Martin Pierce is licensed in both TN and GA. His practice areas include, among others, estate planning (wills and trusts), probate, elder law, Medicaid planning, incorporations and LLCs, business matters, nonprofits/501(c)(3), asset protection planning, special needs trusts, family law and retirement plans. The law firm serves all ages with no referral needed.



Location: 4513 Hixson Pike, Suite 109, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37343
Office: (423) 648-4303

Tennessee Justice Center

The Tennessee Justice Center works to help children access health insurance via TennCare or CoverKids with the knowledge that access to health care can have a big impact on health, as well as school, outcomes. The center can also help children get the health care services they need once they are enrolled in TennCare. TJC has helped children get dental, physical and mental and behavioral health care services denied by TennCare, and get care when there is no doctor or specialist in the area.
TJC is connected to a large network of social service agencies throughout Tennessee and refer clients as necessary to other agencies. Currently, they serve clients up to age 21. Interpreting service is available as needed. Referrals are accepted but not necessary. Parents and providers regularly call our office with questions about health care for a child.


Phone:  615.255.0331