Attorney Profile — Kathleen M. Toombs

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Kathleen M. Toombs is an Attorney with more than eighteen years’ experience practicing primarily in the areas of Elder Law (including Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney, Guardianships and Wills), Medicaid Planning and Application, Trust and Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Veteran’s Benefits and Real Estate. A core value that Ms. Toombs brings to her practice is a commitment to personal service and compassion for the individuals and families she works with.

 

Ms. Toombs is an Associate Justice for the Village of Scotia and a member of the New York State and Schenectady County Bar Associations, where she chaired the Estate Planning and Elder Law Committee from 2003 to 2008.  She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and Elder Counsel. Ms. Toombs speaks frequently at public and professional seminars on Elder Law, Estate and Medicaid Planning.

 

Ms. Toombs is very active in local civic and community organizations. She is President of Glenville Rotary and Treasurer of Glenville Business and Professional Association.  She is a former Girl Scout Leader, past Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Historic Cherry Hill and a past Director of the Schenectady YMCA.

 

Ms. Toombs received her J.D. (cum laude) from Albany Law School of Union University in 1998, with a concentration in the field of Family and Elder Law, and was a member of the Justinian Society. She received her B.A. from University at Albany, State University of New York, and her A.A. from Schenectady County Community College. While completing her education, Ms. Toombs also held several clerkships in the public and private sectors.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Guardianships
  • Medicaid and Nursing Home Admissions
  • Real Estate
  • Veteran’s Benefits
  • Mediation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1999

 

Education

  • Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York J.D. cum laude – 1998
    • Honors: Government Law Center Award, Justinian Society
    • Major: Concentration in the field of Family & Elder Law
  • University at Albany, State University of New York B.A. – 1995
    • Major: American History, Minor: Business
  • Schenectady County Community College A.A. summa cum laude – 1994
    • Major: Humanities and Social Sciences

References

  • NBT Bank
  • Watson, Peterson & Co, CPAs
  • Sykes-Mallia Insurance
  • Beth Kissinger, CPA

Classes/Seminars

  • Women IN, AM 1300 Talk Radio, 2010
  • Estate and Medicaid Planning Hour (radio show), AM 590, Co-Host, 2004 – 2007
  • Various Elder Law, Estate and Medicaid Planning Seminars and Workshops for New York State Bar Association, Schenectady County Bar Association, National Business Institute,
  • Halfmoon Seminars LLC, Quick & Reilly, Nationwide Financial Services, MetLife Financial Services, Capital Region BOCES, Government Law Center, Albany Law School, Glenville Senior
  • Center, Rotterdam Senior Center, Rotterdam Young-At-Hearts, KAPL Retirees

 

  • Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, 1999 – Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel, 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • Schenectady County Bar Association, Estate Planning & Elder Law Committee, Chair 2003-2008
  • Rotary International, Glenville Chapter, 2010 – Present
  • Community Land Trust of Schenectady, Inc., General Counsel, 2006 – Present
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Board of Elders
  • Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Leader, Junior Troop 2525, 2007 – 2010
  • Thomas Corners Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, 2004 – 2013
  • Historic Cherry Hill, Board Member, 2003-2006
  • Scotia-Glenville Schools PTA 2003 – 2016
  • YMCA—Schenectady, Board of Managers, 2000 – 2004
  • Goose Hill Neighborhood Association, President, 2002 – 2003
  • Schenectady 2000, Committee Member, 1997 – 1999
  • Mediator, NYS Certified , 1995
  • Government Law Center Senior Citizen’s Law Day, Volunteer
  • Law, Order & Justice of Schenectady, Visitation Supervisor, 1994 – 1996

 Past Employment Positions

  • Principal Closing Services, Clifton Park, New York, Attorney, 1998 – 1999
  • Salmon and Salmon, LLP, Amsterdam, New York, Attorney, 1999 – 2002
  • Herzog, Engstrom & Koplovitz, P.C., Albany, New York, Associate / Partner, 2002 – 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid Society Northeastern New York