Meet Tim Takacs, CELA

With the first baby boomers crossing the retirement threshold, there has never been a greater demand for information about the impact of aging on your readers, viewers, and listeners.

That’s why you need to know about Tim Takacs, a nationally-recognized expert in the area of elder law.

In addition to being a Certified Elder Law Attorney, the pioneer of an innovative approach to the practice of elder law, and a sought-after speaker on the legal seminar circuit, Takacs is frequently called upon by the popular media for commentary on issues related to aging in America. 

Tim Takacs provides expert analysis and commentary on a wide range of topics including asset protection, long-distance caregiving, demographic trends impacting the elderly and their families, downsizing, the ethics of Medicaid Planning, Medicaid estate recovery, paying for long-term care, long-term care insurance, wills and powers of attorney, the impact of aging and long-term illness on families and caregivers, life in the Sandwich Generation and much more.

His insights on the legal, financial, and emotional challenges faced by the elderly and their families have appeared in a variety of national print publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.  He has also shared his expertise with audiences on television shows in the Nashville area and national radio broadcasts. He appeals equally to the elderly, who appreciate his calmly informative delivery, and to younger adults who respond to his quick wit and dry sense of humor.   

No matter what the topic, if it touches the lives of the elderly or their families, Tim Takacs can help you make your story more powerful.  He can also help you identify next-level story ideas that will keep you ahead of the curve.  Scroll down to see more information about Tim Takacs, his credentials and his media experience, plus a list of topic and story ideas that you may want to pursue in the future.

For more information, to schedule an interview or to book Tim Takacs for an appearance on your program, call 615.824.2571.



Certified Elder Law Attorney Tim Takacs is recognized nationwide as a leader in the important and demanding area of elder care law. His innovations have transformed the way this specialty of law is practiced in the United States. 

Takacs has been in private practice in the Nashville area since 1980. He is the architect of Life Care Planning, a philosophical approach to elder law that features a team of attorneys, nurses, social workers, insurance experts, public benefits specialists and others who work together to help families deal with the legal, financial and personal challenges created by advanced age, long-term illness, and disability. 

  • Graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) and Certified Elder Law Specialist
  • Charter member of and first chairperson of the Tennessee Bar Association's Elder Law Section
  • Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) since 1991, and former member of its Board of Directors
  • Charter member of the Special Needs Alliance, a network of the country's leading disability lawyers
  • Charter member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association
  • AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Founder of The Tennessee Pooled Trust
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine since 2006 and in The Best Lawyers of America magazine since 2007

Takacs writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about elder law. He is founder of The NAELA eBulletin, a weekly newsletter published by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is the author of Elder Law Practice in Tennessee, a treatise for Tennessee attorneys, and A Guide to Elder Law Practice, both published by LEXIS Law Publishing. He is a contributing author of Aging and Money: Reducing the Risk of Financial Exploitation and Protecting Financial Resources.

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To book Tim on your program or to arrange for an interview, call 615.824.2571.


Media Resume

Tim Takacs is known for witty and well-reasoned commentary on even the most challenging elder care issues.  He is skilled at explaining legal, financial, public benefits and caregiving realities in language families understand.

Mass Media: Television

Tim Takacs is an experienced guest, panelist, and television host. He co-hosts Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law Hour, a one-hour show airing weekly on Nashville's Channel 5+.  He has been a monthly guest since 2003 on Morning Line and Open Line programs on Nashville Channel 5+answering callers’ questions about elder law. He was featured in a Caregiving Panel Discussion, part of the Aging Matters series produced by Nashville Public Television. View examples of Tim's on-camera experience below. 

Owned Media: Television

Tim Takacs has produced dozens of educational videos for use on his firm's website and social media.  View the representative examples below or go here to see more videos.


Mass Media: Print 

Tim Takacs has been quoted extensively in articles about Medicaid estate recovery, durable powers of attorney, and other elder law subjects in the following publications:

Wall Street Journal

  • Article on powers of attorney by Kelly Green, 2004
  • Article on Medicaid estate recovery by Sarah Lueck, 2005

The Tennessean

  • Story about Medicaid estate recovery, 2011

Christian Science Monitor

  • Article on Medicaid estate recovery by Amy Green, 2006

Legal Publishing Credits


Discussion Topics & Story Ideas

Long-Term Care Trends

  • A growing population of elderly people may not mean more-crowded nursing homes. Tim Takacs explains common misconceptions about aging in America.
  • New approaches to long-term care are giving families more choices than ever. Tim Takacs explains the most interesting new developments.

Money, Power & Control

  • Do you really have to go to court to get control of an elderly loved one’s finances? Tim Takacs explains what the Power of Attorney can and cannot do.
  • If you’re married and your estate plan hasn’t been updated, you could be headed for trouble. Tim Takacs explains why.
  • Most adult children don’t know when to assume control of parents’ finances or how to go about doing it. Tim Takacs explains when and how to pick up the financial reins.

Family Relationships

  • When you’re parenting your parents, your world seems upside down. Tim Takacs offers sensible strategies to survive this rite of passage.
  • The long-term illness of an elderly parent often resurrects simmering sibling rivalries. Tim Takacs explains how to survive the process without destroying family relationships.
  • What happens when feuding family members are so busy fighting each other that the well-being of an elderly loved one is in jeopardy? Tim Takacs explains the latest approaches for dealing with high-conflict families.

Caregiving Challenges

  • More and more adults are balancing the care of elderly parents with the demands of career, spouse and children. Tim Takacs offers sensible strategies for survival to the Sandwich Generation.
  • Shouldering the demands of care without help is a recipe for burnout and resentment. Tim Takacs explains how caregivers can avoid burnout without burning family bridges.
  • When adult children looking out for their elderly parents’ well-being are met with resistance and outright hostility, what’s really going on? Tim Takacs uses a model called The Conflict Box to explain this common family dynamic.

Paying for Long-Term Care

  • Many seniors are realizing they can’t afford long-term care. Tim Takacs explains the total (and hidden) costs of long-term care and lays out the financing options.
  • Many families make decisions about long-term care without getting all the facts. Tim Takacs explains the basics of government benefits, including how to qualify, what’s covered, facts about estate recovery, and new options for care.
  • Are you going broke caring for a loved one with dementia? Tim Takacs explains how to find and pay for care for loved ones without sacrificing your own financial future.

Quality of Care/Quality of Life

  • Many family members worry about the quality of care in a nursing home.  Tim Takacs shows families how to become advocates for quality care and explains the latest in chronic care and long-term care.
  • If you need outside help to care for a loved one, where do you start? Tim Takacs offers tips for hiring a caregiver.

End-of-Life Decisions

  • Who will make healthcare decisions for you when you're unable to make them yourself? How do you want to be taken care of at the end of your life? Tim Takacs explains why every estate plan should answer these questions.
  • How do you talk about death with people who always seemed larger than life? Tim Takacs explains the dos and don’ts of initiating end-of-life discussions with parents. 
  • Eighty percent of Americans say that if they were seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about how they would like their lives to end. Yet only seven percent actually have the conversation. Tim Takacs explains the disconnect.

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