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I have known Tobe Gerard in both professional and personal capacities for 10 years. Tobe is professional, intelligent, insightful, conscientious, thorough, and caring. Although I had a previous opportunity to purchase an employer-sponsored Long Term Care insurance plan, I chose to purchase through Tobe instead. Tobe presented me with an excellent range of options, patiently walked my husband and I through them (several times), promptly provided any further information we requested, and carefully discussed the pros and cons of each plan and variable. She (again, patiently!) answered my questions on filling out the application and kept us updated about its’ progress. When the insurance company wanted additional information and I was unable to respond due to a family emergency, Tobe smoothed the way for me. I could not possibly recommend anyone more highly than I recommend Tobe Gerard.
Andi SternTulsa, OK
Tobe Gerard listens, cares, and wants the very best for you. We think the best of her as she has demonstrated her best with and for us. End-of-time planning requires sensitive and professional management. Tobe has the gifts and the talent for making these plans a reality.
Reverend and Mrs. John F. RiceBass River, MA
Tobe was a pleasure to work with right from the beginning. She quickly responded to our initial outreach by visiting us to understand our needs and to provide us with educational material so that we could begin the process of learning about long-term care insurance. She demonstrated boundless patience (!) and maintained her sense of humor with our endless myriad questions and concerns, always making time to talk until we felt we had come to the best decision. She was very accommodating and her willingness to chat by phone or via email as many times as we needed was above and beyond, often responding off-hours. Tobe was invested in making sure we were well informed and did her best to research any questions she could not answer right away. Tobe is a wonderful educator. Her clarity and thoroughness enables her to explain concepts in a very clear and concise manner; she made what could be a daunting menu of benefits and combinations easily discernible. She was honest and forthright when she felt we were going astray or looking at aspects of policies that may not be in our best interest. At the same time, she was always respectful of our particular concerns, needs, preferences and hesitations. Understanding the nuances of the products and benefits and helping us to foresee the future while making us comfortable with our decisions (so that we could finally make a decision!) is what we appreciated most. She shared her history with the long term care insurance industry in such a way that we felt comfortable navigating the news stories, others’ skepticism, and our own fears about making such a long term financial commitment. Ultimately, with Tobe’s professional and skilled guidance, we were able to confidently choose a policy that seems like the right fit for us.
Deborah Issokson and Liane BrombergHull, MA
Tobe was an absolute delight to work with. She was a consummate professional who provided me with a comprehensive summary of Long Term Care insurance, including an honest assessment of which company, program and policy features AND benefits might work best for our family. She was a wealth of information, responsive to my many questions, and patient as I researched Long Term Care Insurance and ultimately purchased a policy. I’m glad I did, and am so pleased that I purchased it through Tobe Gerard Insurance, LLC!
Rob WarnerMarblehead, MA
Tobe has been instrumental to our business as we develop our clients’ financial plans. The cost of healthcare is #1 on many people’s minds as it has been rising at such a rapid rate lately. In particular, we work with many single women who want to plan for their care later in life. Tobe’s consultative nature is so comforting and appealing to everyone we have introduced to her. She is the antithesis of what people expect of an insurance agent. Myself and my team at Twelve Points couldn’t feel more fortunate to have such a consummate professional as a resource for us and our clients.
David Clayman, CMT, AIF, C(k)PTwelve Points Wealth Management, Concord, MA
Tobe Gerard Insurance has been an incredible resource in setting up a Long Term Care Insurance policy for my out of state father. My insurance agent for other policies referred me to Tobe Gerard Insurance because he knew of her expertise in LTC Insurance. I was delighted to find that not only was she indeed an expert, but she was patient, kind and thoughtful throughout the process. Tobe Gerard Insurance answered all of our questions, gave us time to digest the information, and always followed up and responded promptly. Tobe made herself available to meet in person, to have discussions over the phone, and to correspond via email. Tobe Gerard Insurance provided options and quotes for various policies while explaining every detail (sometimes multiple times, as we tried to remember all of the policy parameters) with kindness, professionalism, and patience. Tobe took time to ask and learn about my family and my parents’ situation. She took their specific health needs into consideration and explored different coverage scenarios with us. At no time did we feel any pressure from Tobe – just respect and support to help us find the best fit in a policy. Tobe Gerard Insurance provided expertise not only in LTC Insurance generally but in specific laws and regulations in another state (Wisconsin), where my parents reside. This was tremendously helpful. Tobe Gerard Insurance was also able to see us completely through the process (to policy purchase and activation) since Tobe maintains an active license for Wisconsin. I look forward to continuing to work with Tobe Gerard Insurance, and I recommend her without hesitation.
Connie H.Lexington MA
Tobe Gerard is nothing short of a miracle worker. After months of struggling to rescue a long-term care application from one provider’s rejection pile, Tobe found me and my wife an alternative, high-quality provider with essentially the same policy and for a substantial discount. What’s more, she’s a super communicator who will walk you through the gobbledygook lingo of the insurance world.
Robert Brown and Delia CabeBelmont, MA
I am a former commercial casualty-property insurance broker, now retired from a national brokerage firm. I first met Tobe when she was a Long Term Care instructor at a Certified Insurance Counselor seminar I attended about eight years ago. I was impressed with her knowledge of LTC Insurance, as well as her ability to convey information in a clear and concise manner to the class, and keep it interesting. So, when I was finally ready to purchase LTC Insurance, Tobe was foremost in my mind, even though I know good local agents I could have also consulted about this product. Once I started working with Tobe, I realized that, not only was she exceptionally knowledgeable about LTC Insurance, and could explain it very clearly, but she was also very thorough, extremely responsive to my questions, and had very quick turn around on items she needed to check into. And, I discovered that she really cared about me and the protection she felt I needed. And, a plus, she is truly a very, very nice person.
Nine years ago my family and I purchased a long term care policy for my mother from Tobe Gerard. Tobe was wonderful to work with, helping us find a policy that was affordable and that provided a basic safety net for my mother. Now, my mother is 92 years old and needs to draw on her policy benefits. I called Tobe for help in navigating the claims process. She jumped right in, got things moving and my mother is now receiving needed benefits. What impressed me most about Tobe is that she not only works hard to find the best insurance products for her customers, she also cares that the policies she sells deliver on the benefits they promise.
Haynes TurkleColrain MA
Tobe Gerard is a true professional in the sense of striving to understand the client’s concerns and placing the client’s best interests first, and in her continual professional interest in the Long Term Care insurance industry. I have worked with Tobe for the past 4 years on LTC cases for my insureds and am always impressed with not only her knowledge but also her ability to listen and relate to people.
Chip BoyntonBoynton Insurance Agency, Needham, MA