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My firm is in the German Village area of Columbus, Ohio.  My legal practice focuses on issues relating to older adults. 


I am  currently on the Board for the Pauline Home Association (a personal expense management services provider to senior residents of Franklin County).  I was a past president of the Board of Trustees of LifeCare Alliance, which provides Meals-on-Wheels and home health care to the homebound elderly of Franklin County.  In addition, I was a past chairman of the OSBA Elder Law Committee and past chairman of the Elder Law Committee of the Columbus Bar Association. 



I have authored the Ohio Medicaid Manual, revised 2009, which is now used as a training manual for his annual seminars to train Ohio attorneys in the pracitce of Medicaid and am co-author of Financial and Health Care-Planning for the Elderly in Ohio (1999)


Recognitions by his peers:

Best Lawyer in Elder Law, 2008 - 2010, The Best Lawyers of America.

2009 and 2010, the only central Ohio Elder Law attorney that received this recognition

Ohio Super Lawyer for 2005 - 2010, Cincinnati Magazine.


I was born in Cleveland in 1947 and taught algebra and geometry at Lakewood St.  Edward High School.  I am married, am a Life Master in Bridge, plays golf, and have one daughter, who lives in California with her fiance, Alex, and their dog, Zoe.






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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 24%
    24 years
  2. Trusts: 24%
  3. Probate: 24%
  4. Estate Planning: 23%
  5. Medicaid & Medicare: 5%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer. Excellent knowledge of law and its application in the various counties. His continuing education programs keep pace with current developments and are invaluable to anyone practicing in this area.


    Terry Donner Elder law Attorney
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    Jennifer Baum Elder law Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of Richard T. Taps

713 S Front Street
Columbus, OH, 43206-1013


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Ohio Super LawerCincinnati Magazine2011
Best Lawyer in Elder Law only one in Central OhioBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyer in Elder Law - only central OH atty namedBest Lawyers in America2010
Ohio Super Lawyer in Elder LawCincinnati Magazine2010
Ohio Super Lawyer in Elder LawCincinnati Magazine2009
Best Lawyer in Elder Law - only central OH atty namedBest Lawyers in America2009
Best Lawyer in America in Elder LawBest Lawyers in America2008
Ohio Super Lawyer in Elder LawCincinnati Magazine2008
Ohio Super Lawyer in Elder LawCincinnati Magazine2007
Ohio Super Lawyer in Elder LawCincinnati Magazine2006
Ohio Super Lawyer in Elder LawCincinnati Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyLaw Office of Richard Taps1997 - Present
AttorneyMartin, Pergram & Browning Co., LPA1994 - 1997
Owner/AttorneyLaw Office of Richard Taps1992 - 1994
AttorneyBricker & Eckler1978 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio State Bar Association, Elder Law CommitteeMemberN/A
a Columbus Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysCertified MemberN/A
National Elder Law FoundationCertified Elder Law AttorneyN/A
Department of Veteran AffairsAccredited Attorney - VA Benefits and ClaimsN/A
Pauline Home AssociationMember of the Board / Finance Chairman2008 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
The Ohio Medicaid Manual*2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1978
Denison UniversityMathematicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Ohio Medicaid Manual - October 21 & 22, 2010Seminar and Workshop for Attorneys on Medicaid Regulations2010