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Timothy Louis Takacs

Elder law Attorney at Hendersonville, TN

3.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1980
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Tim Takacs is recognized nationwide as a leader in the important and demanding area of elder 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 the “Life Care Planning” approach to elder law which features a team of attorneys, care coordinators, insurance experts, and others who work together to help families deal with challenges created by long life 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 and first chairperson of the Tennessee Bar Association's Elder Law Section • Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) since 1991 • Member of NAELA board of directors • Charter member of the Special Needs Alliance, a network of the country's leading disability lawyers • AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell • Founder of The Tennessee Pooled Trust

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Location

Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law
201 Walton Ferry Rd
Hendersonville, TN, 37077-0364

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Posted by Elisabeth | February 24, 2017
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We are repeat customers of Takacs. Our first interaction with the firm happened after we moved to Hendersonville. Tim and his staff helped us move our Michigan family trust to Tennessee and we saved several hundred dollars a year not having to pay state income taxes in Tennessee. Our next experience happened when my disabled sister and her disabled husband moved from Virginia to Tennessee. My brother in-law’s disability and declining health had created a lot of outstanding debt. My sister wanted to determine if her husband qualified for Medicaid or any other public benefits that could pay his medical expenses. He needed a will that wouldn’t jeopardize his eligibility for Medicaid. He also wanted to document his end-of-life wishes. Tim Takacs and his team of professionals experienced in nursing, Medicare and Medicaid worked together to help my brother-in-law navigate the complicated application process and get approved for Medicaid. They also provided solid advice to help him get accepted into a local nursing home so he could get the immediate care he needed—with Medicare paying the bill.  Now, 18 months later, my brother-in-law is healthier, has had needed heart valve surgery, and is now out of the nursing home receiving Medicaid assistance and therapy from the comfort of his own home. There will likely be more interactions. In the near future, we will be going back to Takacs McGinnis to have our Michigan Revocable Trusts updated; they were written 15 years ago, when our children still lived at home. Working with an expert team of professionals has been a big relief.  Tim Takacs and his team has saved us from paying unnecessary taxes and they have improved the life and financial situation for my sister and brother-in-law. Everyone on the team really understands the big picture. I recommend them highly.
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Posted by Marilynn | July 28, 2015
He did not deliver on services as indicated.
My family visited Mr. Takacs in desperation in 2009. My elderly parents were living with me and we needed help with daily living tasks., but had limited finances. Mr. Takacs charged my parents $10,000 for a Life Care Plan. He also coached us on how to redistribute my parents' finances so they would qualify for Veteran's benefits. He was very assuring that we would receive benefits SOON. My dad was a Merchant Marine in World War II and we are devastated by this! It is now 2015, both of my parents are dead and we have never seen one VA benefit dime. I would NEVER have taken a chance on this if Mr. Takacs had offered any doubt at all about my dad qualifying for benefits. My sister and I went through tortured days and nights over this.
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Response from Timothy Takacs August 24, 2016
In brief, this was a representation of husband and wife that began in June 2009 and ended in Feb. 2012. Husband died three months after the representation began. We continued the representation for the Wife. In June 2010 we did file a VA death pension claim on her behalf, but it was difficult and not approved, despite considerable effort by us. Our client moved out of state; therefore we would not continue to represent her and thus either appeal the VA claim or refile. We learned last year that she had died in May 2014. In short, this is an unfair characterization of our representation - certainly, it is false that I or anyone else in this office would ever "guarantee" VA would be approved. Not only would that be foolish for us to do so (we have no control over what the government does), that would be unethical.
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Education

  • Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Associations

  • Life Care Planning Law Firms Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - Present
  • Life Care Planning Law Firms Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Life Care Planning Law Firms Association
  • President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Board of Directors
  • 2004 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • John Regan Writing Award
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2004
  • President's Award
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2003

Publications

  • Lexis Law Publishing
  • A Guide to Elder Law Practice
  • 2007
  • Lexis Law Publishing
  • Elder Law Practice in Tennessee
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Tennessee Attorneys Memo Probate and Estate Planning Conference
  • Medicaid Compliant Annuities: New Developments in Case Law
  • 2014
  • National Association of Geriatric Care Managers 2014 Annual Conference
  • Opportunities for Geriatric Care Managers Created through Life Care Planning Law Firms and Patient-Centered Medical Homes
  • 2014
  • Financial Planners Association Continuing Education Event
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: How it Affects Client Capacity & How Financial Planners Can Help Their Clients
  • 2014
  • Elder Law Forum
  • The Elder Care Continuum and Financial Eligibility for CHOICES, Part 2
  • 2014
  • Equal Justice University
  • Tenncare CHOICES
  • 2013
  • Long Term Care Medicine
  • Capacity for Decision Making and Use of Advance Directives
  • 2013
  • Nashville chapter of the Financial Planners Association
  • Financial Advisors' Relationships with Elderly Clients and their Children
  • 2012
  • Probate and Estate Planning CLE Conference
  • TennCare and the Tanner Decision
  • 2012
  • Tennessee Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • “Can My Trust Buy Me a House?”: Creating and Administering Special Needs Trusts
  • 2011
  • General Practice Forum
  • Public Benefits for Older Persons
  • 2009
  • Fundamentals of Life Care Planning
  • Life Care Planning for Law Firms
  • 2009
  • Annual Elder Law Forum
  • Ethics
  • 2009
  • Annual Public Benefits Institute
  • Life Care Planning
  • 2008
  • LexisNext Practice Management Annual Conference
  • Practice Management Best Practices
  • 2008
  • Tennessee Disability Megaconference
  • A Special Trust for Persons with Special Needs
  • 2008
  • Annual Meeting
  • The New Elder Law
  • 2007
  • Annual Meeting
  • Medicaid Eligibility After the Deficit Reduction Act
  • 2007
  • Annual Elder Law Institute
  • Making Change Happen in the Elder Law Firm
  • 2006
  • Annual Elder Law Forum
  • Fiduciary Practice: Creating and Administering Special Needs Trusts
  • 2005
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Quarterly
  • Revisiting the Ethics of Medicaid Planning
  • 2004
  • Eighth Annual Elder Law Symposium
  • The Elder-Centered Law Practice: What It Is, How to Attain It
  • 2004
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Quarterly
  • The Blumberg Election: Going to Court to Increase Medicaid's Spousal Allowances
  • 2003
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Elder law Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of working with Tim Takacs since 2010. He is a brilliant attorney with extraordinary legal recall. It’s not an exaggeration to say that he is a walking encyclopedia. His technical brilliance is matched by his insight and his ability to connect with those he serves. He is a great listener who conveys deep empathy for clients and their families. He is also a generous mentor who has had a major impact on the lives and careers of hundreds of attorneys nationwide."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He has literally written the book on Elder Law in Tennessee"

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Hendersonville Elder law Lawyer Timothy Louis Takacs
Timothy Louis Takacs
Elder law Attorney
Hendersonville, TN
Licensed for 44 years

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