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Rachel Schneller Ziegler

Practice

Rachel Schneller Ziegler’s practice focuses on estate planning and estate administration. She enjoys working with clients and their families to design an estate plan that meets their objectives, simplifies the transfer of assets upon death, and minimizes taxes. She counsels clients about estate, gift, generation-skipping, and income taxes, as well as charitable gifts and asset protection. Rachel advises small business owners in forming entities and planning for succession. She represents fiduciaries in administering estates and trusts, including the preparation of probate documents and estate tax returns. She also represents charitable organizations, funds, and trusts in actions for cy pres and equitable deviation.

Rachel also has extensive education, knowledge and experience in the field of health care law and policy. She has successfully used this expertise to assist clients in resolving legal conflicts and issues that arise from health care and health insurance, including both private insurance and government programs such as Medicare.

Prior Experience

Rachel joined the Kaiser Law Group in January 2008. Prior to that time, she worked as an associate in the health care and corporate departments at a large Boston law firm. She represented hospitals, health systems, and other health care providers in regulatory and transactional matters. She also represented corporations in mergers and acquisitions and in venture and growth capital investments.

In 2003 and 2004, Rachel served as a law clerk to The Honorable T.S. Ellis III in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division. Prior to attending law school, Rachel worked as an analyst at Abt Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Education

  • The University of Michigan Law School – J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2003
  • The University of Michigan School of Public Health – M.P.H., 2003
  • Harvard College – A.B., magna cum laude with honors, 1998

While in law school, Rachel was an editor of the Michigan Law Review and published a student note entitled “Safe, but Not Sound: Limiting Safe Harbor Immunity for Health and Disability Insurers and Self-Insured Employers under the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

Associations, Admissions and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar – admitted 2004
  • Boston Estate Planning Council
  • Trusts and Estates Consortium

Community

In 2007 and 2008, Rachel was an adjunct professor in the Legal Skills in Social Context program at Northeastern University School of Law. She has volunteered as a pro bono attorney for Health Law Advocates to represent individuals facing health insurance coverage denials. Rachel lives with her husband and two children in Westwood, Massachusetts.