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Tim Takacs

CELA, Founding Attorney, 1992 - 2023

As founding attorney, Tim Takacs was an integral part of the firm's leadership team until his departure at the end of 2023.

Tim Takacs, Attorney & Partner - Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law & Estate Planning in TN

Tim Takacs was one of the first elder law attorneys in the nation to assemble an interdisciplinary team of experts to provide integrated client care. His innovations transformed the practice of elder law in the United States and set a new standard of excellence in the field. He served the firm until his departure in late 2023.


Tim began his legal career in 1980, joining three other lawyers to open a general practice law firm in Hendersonville. After he had been practicing law for about ten years, an older gentleman walked into his office, unsure of what to do after his wife had been admitted to a nursing home. Tim found a way to help this man.


In the mid 1990s, Tim began adding non-lawyer health care professionals to his staff to address quality of life and care issues that the challenges of old age and disability presented to his clients. He and other members of his firm taught the Life Care Planning approach to elder law to hundreds of lawyers throughout the United States.

Tim has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) since 1991 and was a member of NAELA’s Board of Directors from 2004 through 2008. In 2000, he incorporated Vista Points, Inc., a non-profit corporation to establish and manage The Tennessee Pooled Trust, Tennessee's first "special needs pooled trust.” In 2001, Tim organized the Tennessee Bar Association’s Elder Law section and was the section’s first chairperson. He is a founding member of the Special Needs Alliance, a non-profit organization of attorneys chartered in 2002 that provides legal help to persons with special needs.

In 2006, Tim helped found the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association and was the association’s first president. In 2008, he was appointed to the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates. Tim is also one of the principals of Life Care Consulting LLC, a consulting firm that helps attorneys launch successful Life Care Planning practices.


Tim writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about elder law. He is the author of Elder Law Practice in Tennessee (Lexis/Nexis, 1998; supplemented annually) and A Guide to Elder Law Practice (Lexis, 2007). He is a co-author of A Life Care Plan: Helping Your Clients Navigate Their Aging Journey (Life Care Consulting, 2022).


Tim is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Vanderbilt University School of Law.

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