Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as a Certified Elder Law Attorney and by the State of Tennessee as an Elder Law Specialist, Tim Takacs was one of the first elder law attorneys in the nation to assemble an inter-disciplinary team of experts to provide integrated client care. His innovations have transformed the practice of elder law in the United States and have set a new standard of excellence in the field.
Tim began his legal career in 1980, right after graduating from law school. He joined three other lawyers to open a general practice in Hendersonville. After he had been practicing law for about 10 years, an older gentleman walked into his office.
“My wife just went into a nursing home,” he told Tim, “and I don’t know what to do.”
Tim said, “I don’t know either. But I’m going to find out how I can help you.”
Tim found out how to help this gentleman. In the mid-nineties he began adding non-lawyer health care professionals to his staff, including registered nurses and a licensed master social worker, to address quality of life and care issues that the challenge of old age and disability presents to his clients.
Since then he has never stopped trying to make life better for the thousands of clients and families who have sought his help. Tim refers to his firm as a "life care planning law firm" and the goal of his practice as "elder-centered." This means that, while a traditional elder law firm may focus on saving assets for the older client's children, Tim's practice centers on maximizing the older client's quality of life and independence. Tim and other members of his firm have taught the fundamentals of life care planning practice to hundreds of lawyers throughout the United States. He is a founding member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA) and was the Association’s first president.
As a colleague wrote about him, Tim “is an easygoing and warm but tremendously intelligent and practical lawyer who exhibits both pride in his work, humility in his accomplishments, and a sense of humor about it all. Tim is a rare individual, a lawyer who takes his mission seriously, but not himself.”
Tim is also a founding member of the Special Needs Alliance, an organization of the nation’s leading lawyers on issues pertaining to persons with disabilities and special needs. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and was a member of NAELA’s Board of Directors from 2004-2008. He organized the Tennessee Bar Association’s Elder Law section and was the section’s first chairperson.
Tim is the founder of The NAELA eBulletin, an e-mail newsletter for elder law attorneys published by NAELA. He is also the author of Elder Law Practice in Tennessee (Lexis/Nexis, 1998; supplemented annually) and A Guide to Elder Law Practice (Lexis, 2007).
Tim lives in Hendersonville with his wife Lynn and their three cats Sarah, Annabelle, Josie, Dixie and Mabel.
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