Publications and Presentations

Tim Takacs is recognized nationwide as a leader in the important and demanding area of elder law. He is certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and as a Certified Elder Law Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on CLE and Specialization. In 2006 Tim Takacs helped found the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association and was the LCPLFA's first president.

Tim Takacs has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the nation's preeminent professional organization for elder law attorneys, since 1991, and served on NAELA's board of directors. He is a charter member of the Special Needs Alliance, a network of the country's leading disability lawyers. In 2008 Tim Takacs was appointed to the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates.

In 2000 he incorporated Vista Points, Inc., a non-profit corporation to establish and manage The Tennessee Pooled Trust, which is Tennessee's first "special needs pooled trust," and of which he is president.

Tim Takacs writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about elder law. He is the founder of The NAELA eBulletin, a weekly newsletter of current news and cases that is now published by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys as a benefit exclusively for NAELA members. Tim Takacs wrote Elder Law Practice in Tennessee, a treatise for Tennessee attorneys, and A Guide to Elder Law Practice, both published by LEXIS Law Publishing.

Tim Takacs is the recipient (with co-author David L. McGuffey, CELA) of the NAELA John Regan Writing Award for 2004, which is awarded by NAELA for the most original and influential article published in the NAELA Quarterly during the year. He is also a recipient of the 2003 NAELA President's Award.

To honor the memory of his grandparents Wes and Helen Powley, in 2000 Tim Takacs established the NAELA Powley Award, which is presented annually to a NAELA member who in his or her community promotes a greater understanding of the rights and needs of elders and persons with special needs.

Tim Takacs is on the board of directors of the Hendersonville Senior Citizens Center. He is an organizing member of Friends of the Arts and Literature in Sumner County (FOALS), a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting the literary and performing arts in Sumner County, Tennessee.

Tim Takacs is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Vanderbilt University School of Law. He has been in private practice in Hendersonville, Tennessee, since 1980.

Tim Takacs makes frequent appearances in local media, including The Tennessean newspaper, and, on Channel 5 (Nashville's CBS affiliate station) the Morning Line and Open Line television programs. Among national publications, he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. An informative and entertaining speaker, Tim Takacs frequently gives talks to and writes for attorneys, health care providers, and other professionals, support groups, and seniors organizations.

Here are some of Tim Takacs' presentations and articles:

Contributing author of Critical Documents Associated with Aging: An Organizational Guide to Personal FilesChapter in: Factora RM, ed. "Aging and Money: Reducing the Risk of Financial Exploitation and Protecting Financial Resources," Humana Press, Springer, New York,  c. 2014 ISBN 978-1-4939-1320-6, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-1320-6.

"Become the CEO of Your Law Practice," Tennessee Bar Association, October 2010, co-presented with elder law attorneys Marsha Goodman (of Phoenix, AZ) and Rachel Kabb-Effron (of Cleveland, OH).

"Try Your Case vs. Settle Your Case--Either Way, You Can Lose--Or Win," Exceptional Parent (magazine), July 2010.

"Tanner and TennCare Medicaid Estate Recovery," Tennessee Bar Association, November 11, 2009; and M. Lee Smith, Nashville, Tennessee, March 18, 2010.

"Elder-Centered Legal Planning," National Aging and Law Conference, Arlington, Virginia, December 6, 2008.

"Practice Management Best Practices," LexisNext Practice Management Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, August 16, 2008.

"A Special Trust for Persons with Special Needs," Tennessee Disability Megaconference, Nashville, Tennessee, May 30, 2008.

"Life Care Planning," Annual Public Benefits Institute, Florida Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, April 11, 2008.

"The New Elder Law," Annual Meeting, Missouri Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Branson, Missouri, May 17, 2007.

"Medicaid Eligibility After the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005," Annual Meeting, American Health Lawyers Association, Orlando, Florida, February 22, 2007.

"Making Change Happen in the Elder Law Firm," Annual Elder Law Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, July 21, 2006.

"An Elder-Centered Approach to Long-Term Care Planning," Annual Elder Law Symposium, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, San Francisco, California, May 20, 2005.

"Revisiting the Ethics of Medicaid Planning," with David L. McGuffey, CELA, NAELA Quarterly, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Summer 2004. (If you are a NAELA member, you can access the paper on the NAELA Web site here.) (This paper was awarded the NAELA John Regan Writing Award for best article published in the NAELA Quarterly in 2004.)

"The Elder-Centered Law Practice: What It Is, How to Attain It," with David L. McGuffey, CELA, Eighth Annual Elder Law Symposium, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary, North Carolina, March 26, 2004.

"Medicare Secondary Payer Issues," with David L. McGuffey, CELA, Nursing Home Litigation, American Trial Lawyers Association, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 2004.

"Fiduciary Practice: Creating and Administering Special Needs Trusts," Annual Elder Law Forum, Tennessee Bar Association, December 5, 2003.

"Value-Billing Will Improve Your Bottom Line," Annual Conference of the Elder Law and Advocacy Section, State Bar of Michigan, Mackinac Island, Michigan, September 19, 2003.

"The Blumberg Election: Going to Court to Increase Medicaid's Spousal Allowances," NAELA Quarterly, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Summer 2003. (Tim presented a revised version of this paper, with forms, at the Cleveland Bar Association's Basics of Elder Law Seminar, March 5, 2004, in Cleveland, Ohio.)

"Wills and Estates for Solos: Ten Pitfalls to Avoid," Solo/Small Firm Conference, Tennessee Bar Association, May 3, 2003.

"The Life Care Plan: Integrating a Healthcare-Focused Approach to Meeting the Needs of Your Clients and Families Into Your Elder Law Practice," Annual Institute, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 2002. (Tim's paper for this presentation was published as the lead article in the Winter 2003 issue of the NAELA Quarterly and the February 2004 issue of The ElderLaw Report. If you are a NAELA member, you can access the paper online here.)

"Medicaid Planning: Can It Be Justified?, Legal and Ethical Implications of Medicaid Planning," with David L. McGuffey, CELA, 29 William Mitchell Law Review 111 (2002).

"What Elder Law Attorneys Do: Much More Than Medicaid Planning," 17th Annual GCM Conference, National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, Nashville, Tennessee, March 23, 2002.

"Multidisciplinary Practice and Elder Law Attorneys," Annual Elder Law Forum, Tennessee Bar Association, December 7, 2001.

"Your Elder Law Practice and the Internet", Annual Elder Law Seminar, Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Birmingham, Alabama, May 11, 2001.

"Introduction to Elder Law Practice," Annual Elder Law Forum (program chair), Tennessee Bar Association, December 8, 2000.

"Elder Law for Health Lawyers," Annual Health Law Forum, Tennessee Bar Association, October 13, 2000.

"Medicaid, Estate Recovery, and the Ethics of Medicaid Planning," Conference on Medical and Legal Ethics, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Virginia, October 1999.

"Asset or Liability: How Will Your Personal Representative View Your Practice?," with Robert B. Fleming and Ruth E. Ratzlaff, Annual Symposium, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, San Diego, California, May 1999.

"Value-Billing: Its Time Has Come" (co-authored with Gill E. Wagner). Originally published in the Technolawyer Community on September 11, 1998, this article since has been republished in Law Office Computing, the Massachusetts Bar Weekly, LexisOne, and in many other publications, both in print and online.

"Planning for Disability : An Overview," Representing a Disabled or Deceased Lawyer: What Happens Now? (program chair), Tennessee Bar Association, July 1999 and July 1998.

Elder Law Practice in Tennessee, LEXIS Law Publishing, 1998, supplemented annually (available for purchase at the LEXIS bookstore).

Panelist, Elder Law Online Seminar, Counsel Connect, May 1998 and October 1996.

"Legal Research on the Internet" and "Introduction to the Internet" (program chair), with James Moore and George Dean, Tennessee Bar Association, February and March 1998.

"Properly Drafting Durable Powers of Attorney," Preventive Law Reporter, Vol. 16, No. 2, National Center for Preventive Law, Summer 1997.

"Health Care Considerations," Special Supplement on Elder Law, 146 New Jersey Law Journal 761 (1996).

"Health Care Rationing: Challenges for the Elder Law Attorney," Exceeding the Challenges in Elder Law Practice (program chair), Tennessee Bar Association, October 1996.

Other Activities

Vice-president and treasurer, Friends of the Arts and Literature in Sumner, Inc. (FOALS), 2004 to present.

Adjunct Professor, Paralegal Studies Program, Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, Tennessee, 1996-1997.

County Commissioner, Board of County Commissioners, Sumner County, Tennessee, 1990-1998.

The City by the Lake: A History of Hendersonville, Tennessee 1780-1969, Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1992.