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Kathryn Theresa Joseph Esq.

Kathryn Theresa Joseph Esq.

Member
Location:
Cleveland, Ohio
Phone:
216-245-0504
888-335-6650
Fax:
216-765-8817
Email:

Kathryn T. Joseph - A founding Member. Ms. Joseph was born in Cleveland Ohio on August 9, 1960. She was raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1978. Ms. Joseph graduated cum laude from the University of Rochester in 1982 and then attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law obtaining her Juris Doctor Degree in 1986.

Following graduation from law school, Ms. Joseph began her legal career with the law firm of Climaco, Climaco, Seminatore, Lefkowitz & Garofoli, L.P.A. While at the Climaco law firm, Ms. Joseph handled legal matters on behalf of such clients as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as well as domestic relations, probate and a variety of other civil matters for individuals and smaller business entities. Additionally, Ms. Joseph represented individuals seeking legal redress for injuries sustained as a result of their exposure to asbestos containing products. Her practice consisted of a significant amount of litigation.

In 1991, Ms. Joseph left the Climaco law firm to start her own practice. In 1994, she joined with David F. Aggers to establish the present law firm of Aggers Joseph Co., L.P.A. During her career, Ms. Joseph has handled a variety of legal matters covering a wide range of civil legal matters. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and has appeared in state and federal courts throughout the state of Ohio . Ms. Joseph has argued cases in both state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the Ohio Supreme Court.

More recently, Ms. Joseph has focused her practice on probate and estate matters including the preparation of Wills, Trusts, Living Wills and Power of Attorney documents. Additionally, Ms. Joseph regularly advises clients on issues pertaining to estate planning and elder law issues including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Ms. Joseph has been appointed by the Cuyahoga County Probate Court to serve as Guardian or Conservator of the Person and Estate for more than 200 individuals whom the Probate Court has determined to have become unable to handle their own affairs. In this capacity, Ms. Joseph takes full responsibility for all medical and financial decisions that must to be made for these persons in order to address their needs and provide for their continued safety, well-being and happiness.

Since 1996, Ms. Joseph has been, and continues to serve as, a member of the Advisory Board of the Adult Guardianship Services of Cleveland, Ohio (formerly the Volunteer Guardianship Program). From1999 through 2003, Ms. Joseph served as President of the Advisory Board of this non-profit organization. Adult Guardianship Services primarily serves as Guardians for indigent residents of Cuyahoga County . In addition to her service on the Advisory Board, Ms. Joseph also serves as a volunteer attorney for the Adult Guardianship Services.

In the recent past, while maintaining her practice, Ms. Joseph was an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law for several years teaching Trial Tactics to third year law students. Ms. Joseph now regularly speaks before community and business groups about legal issues pertaining to probate and estate planning, guardianships, and Medicare and Medicaid issues. She has presented such programs to organizations including Arden Courts Assisted Living, McGregor House, the Parkinsons Education Program, Orange Senior Center, Rockwell International and she has twice been a guest lecturer at the annual Cuyahoga Community College Senior Day program.

Serving clients in Ohio cities such as Pepper Pike, Cleveland, Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Willoughby, Mentor, Painesville, Parma, Euclid, Lorain, Elyria, Akron, Youngstown, Rocky River, Westlake, Solon, Brook Park, Seven Hills, Bainbridge, Chardon, Burton, Russell, S. Russell, Cuyahoga County, Lake County, Geauga County, Summit County, Butler County, Hamilton County, Warren County, Trumbull County, Lorain County, and Stark County.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianships
  • Probate Administration
  • Real Estate Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract Law
  • Wrongful Death and Survival Probate Administration

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1987

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1986
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
    • B.A. cum laude - 1982
    • Major: History

Honors and Awards

  • The Center for Community Solutions, Most Treasured Volunteer Award, 2006
  • Greg Hoshek Volunteer Guardian Award, Adult Guardianship Services, 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Adult Guardianship Services, Advisory Board Member, 1986 - Present
  • Adult Guardianship Services, Past President, Advisory Board Member, 1998 - 2003
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Adult Guardianship Services, 1986 - Present
  • Frequent community lecturer on legal issues pertaining to probate and estate planning, guardianships and Medicare and Medicaid issues