The Emanuel Retired Educators Association (EREA) held its April 21 meeting via Zoom at noon. President Elease Turner welcomed the group and introduced Emanuel County Institute Principal Anetria Edenfield. Edenfield welcomed members and shared that it had been a challenging school year. The school has been operating under a hybrid model this year. While about 20 percent of her students began the school year virtually, there are presently only 45 of her 650 students participating virtually. She stated she would be very happy to welcome EREA members next year for an in-person meeting at the school. Huddie Culbreth then provided the invocation.
President Turner introduced Jeffrey Williamson, founder of J. L. Williamson Law Group with offices in Statesboro and Savannah. Williamson is certified in elder law and specializes in asset protection, tax planning, and tax controversy. His informative presentation focused on estate planning in the context of long-term care. He shared that about 70 percent of individuals who live to 70 years of age or older will need skilled nursing care. Williamson discussed in detail Medicaid eligibility rules, as well as advanced planning, irrevocable trusts, Medicaid crisis planning and durable financial power of attorney provisions.
In the business session, the treasurer’s report and minutes were approved. Committee reports were presented followed by unfinished business and new business.