Spotlight: The Kabb Law Firm
Tell us a little bit about Kabb Law.
The Kabb Law Firm takes a holistic approach to working with our clients. We have a certified elder law attorney, that would be Rachel Kabb, and we have an elder care coordinator who happens to be a social worker. Together, they help with the life planning which combines the best in Medicaid/Medicare and give the best advice if you are a veteran. It is very personalized coordination for the elderly and their family. They work with Medicare and Medicaid to help navigate that system, because if you have never tried to do that, it is pretty rough to do.
What is your current position with the company, and how long have you been in that position?
I have been the Director of Business Development and Marketing for about six months at Kabb Law.
What does a normal day look like for you?
My position consists of planning different speaking engagements for Rachel, our probate attorney, our licensed social worker, or our care coordinator to go and speak to the public or to go do continuing education credits or facilities, social workers, and case managers. I also go out into the community and talk to people whether it’s going to a senior facility, a networking event, being involved with the chambers in our area, or being a part of the senior network which is The University Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, or the Solon or Mentor senior network. I attend those meetings and reach out to help sponsor events for the elderly and make a connection so that we can help their attendees. My job is to get our information out there so they can help anyone who needs it like the elderly, so that their family can navigate the paperwork and the legal issues that a family faces when they are trying to protect their loved ones, their assets, their health, and their wishes. Because what can happen in the system if you are older is that maybe your wishes aren’t followed, your end of your life directions for example.
Do you work with a lot of different clients from all over or are you mostly in one area?
We have clients all over Northeast Ohio. We go as far south as Canton, all the way out to Toledo where the Veterans facility is, and to Lake and Geauga County.
You mentioned veteran services a few times, do you work primarily with veterans?
Primarily no, that is just one of the services we provide. Rachel’s father, Tim Kabb, does a lot of work with the veterans directly. Our cover for our company says it all, we improve the quality of life of the individual whether we helped him at home and plan from home now, or if they are already at facilities and that helps them keep their dignity through the process, because again it’s hard to navigate all of these systems. We go in and make sure with our chair coordinator, that the plan is being followed and that client is being taken care of properly. We do this because family members cannot always be there and you cannot always see what is going on. So we go on visits and we help coordinate that and make sure that it is going alright and that gives peace of mind to the spouse, peace of mind to the children knowing that someone is paying attention.
What would you say motivates Kabb Law to help these individuals?
One of the things I liked about coming to this firm is that they care about people. They want to see people finish their life with dignity and help their families along the way. So another thing we do is put a trust fund together so that your family has enough money through the process. Or if you have a child that has special needs, we help you make sure that they are cared for when you are gone. So the motivation comes from the fact that we really care!
What is something that we might be surprised to learn about Kabb Law?
I think people would be surprised to learn how many people it takes behind the scenes to make this all happen. It’s not just not one person or two, it takes a team approach to make this process simplified for our clients and their families. I think a lot of people think you just hire a lawyer and it’s done, but to really do that holistic approach it takes a team and we have a team.
What do you mean by holistic approach?
We have someone who can help you every step of the way, from an assessment with our chair coordinator who is a social worker, to legal assessment who would be with Rachel, and a health assessment which comes together from our team, we also have the probate attorney, and two public benefits individuals. But we need all of them to have a holistic approach so that we have someone dedicated to their specialty, which for you means that you will have someone for every step of the way in their final years.
What are some of the main goals that you personally want to accomplish at Kabb Law?
For my work at Kabb Law, I want to get this information out there, because quite honestly I did not know it existed. I worked in marketing and community programs, but I thought there would be one lawyer to do probate, or if i need someone to do estate planning I would go to an estate planner. I did not know this was available in one holistic approach. It is my goal to inform people to make it easier for them to be able to navigate the system, because Medicare/Medicaid is difficult to go through and do the paperwork properly. So it is my job to get the word out so you know you have someone that can help because we all need help sometimes. If you think about the sandwich generation, the generation that has a child in college, is helping take care of their parents, they have a job, and they have their own life, we can provide help. I think being a person that is in that sandwich generation, it’s nice to know there is help out there that you don’t have to go alone. That is my goal.
Is there any additional info you want us to get out about Kabb law?
We aren’t just sitting here, we really try to support our community. We do sponsor events, try to let people know that we understand what the needs are from alzheimer’s to arthritis to epilepsy, and we really try to be apart of our community.