A Look Back: 25 Year of Service to Elders and Their Families
The firm known today as Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law was launched as Family Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs on September 1, 1992 in rented office space at 130 Walton Ferry Road. After attending a National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys program in the spring of 1993, Takacs made the decision to refocus his practice on elder law. In 1995, he purchased a building at 201 Walton Ferry Road and moved the firm there. Takacs’ interest in elder law was further fueled by a chance encounter with a client whose wife had just been admitted to a nursing home. Though he wasn’t sure how to help this man, he promised to find out.
As his caseload grew, Takacs began exploring enhancements to the traditional asset-focused practice of elder law and, in 1998, hired the firm’s first care coordinator. Later that year, after his book Elder Law Practice in Tennessee was published, Takacs renamed the firm Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs and stopped accepting non-elder law cases. That same year, after the Tennessee Supreme Court allowed Tennessee to certify legal specialty areas, he became one of the first attorneys in Tennessee to receive certification as an elder law attorney. By the early 2000’s, Takacs had documented his new approach to elder law and began teaching other attorneys how to implement the Life Care Planning practice model in their own firms.
In 2011, Barbara Boone McGinnis, a geriatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience as an executive in long-term care facilities, joined the firm as an associate attorney. She became a partner in 2016 and the firm rebranded as Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law in early 2017. Both McGinnis and Takacs are Certified Elder Law Attorneys, making their firm the only one in Middle Tennessee with two Certified Elder Law Attorneys on staff.
In the last 25 years, the team at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law has worked to make life better for the many clients who have sought their aid. The firm’s innovations have comforted many families, inspired hundreds of attorneys nationwide, and transformed the practice of elder law in the United States. Today, Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law includes a staff of three attorneys, two elder care coordinators, two public benefits specialists, and other professionals who work together to serve clients throughout Middle Tennessee.