Anthony J. Enea

Anthony J. Enea

Member
Location:
White Plains, New York
Phone:
914-269-2367
800-724-1327 (Toll Free)
Fax:
914-948-9316
Email:

Mr. Anthony J. Enea has spent the past three decades protecting the rights of New York’s senior and disabled populations. He is a past chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section and president of the Westchester County Bar Foundation. Named Westchester County’s Leading Elder Care Attorney at the 2013 Above the Bar Awards, Mr. Enea’s practice areas include elder law; Medicaid asset protection trusts; Medicaid applications (home care and nursing home); special needs planning; guardianships (Article 81 and 17-A); and wills, trusts and estates.

Mr. Enea has chaired/lectured several hundred continuing legal education programs and speaks regularly at public and private organizations across the region. Currently a guest contributor for About.com’s Assisted Living Section, he is also the former Editor-in-Chief of the “Elder Law Attorney” of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section and has contributed extensively to publications for the Westchester County and the New York State Bar Associations.

Mr. Enea is president of the Westchester County Bar Foundation and a fellow of the New York State Bar Foundation. He served as a past president of the Westchester County Bar Association and the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Enea is a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is on the Guardianship Advisory Committee of the Office of Court Administration for the State of New York.

Mr. Enea has been recognized with numerous peer-review designations including Westchester County’s Top 25 “Super Lawyers,” “Best Lawyer” (Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2015, and is an “AV” Rated Preeminent Attorney (Martindale-Hubbell, since 2002). He was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in White Plains and is a recipient of the Golden Harvest Corporate Award from the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services for outstanding and lasting contributions to Westchester seniors. In 2016, Mr. Enea received the Honorable Richard J. Daronco Distinguished Service Award from the Columbian Lawyers Association of Westchester County and the Dr. Joseph A. Cimino Community Service Award from the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service. He is a member of the Somers’ Board of Ethics, the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services, and the Business Development Board of the Hudson Valley Bank.

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Medicaid Applications (Nursing Home and Home Care)
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Guardianships (Contested/Non-Contested)
  • Will and Trust Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified as an Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation as accredited by the American Bar Association*

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1986

Education

  • Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Manhattan College
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1981

Published Works

  • "The Treatment and Marshaling of Joint Accounts in an Article 81 Guardianship Proceeding", New York State Bar Association Journal, Volume 88, No. 8, October 2016
  • “Separated But Not Divorced: The Long Term Care Planning Implications” , General Practice Section Newsletter, Winter, 2015
  • “Special Needs Trusts: A Primer,” The Senior Lawyer, New York State Bar Association, Volume 7, No. 1, Spring 2015
  • “Understanding the ‘Undue’ in ‘Undue Influence,’” Westchester County Bar Association Bar Journal, Winter/Spring 2015 (also printed in the Elder and Special Needs Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, Spring 2015 and the Trust and Estates Law Section Newsletter, New York State Bar Association, Summer 2015.)
  • “Warning to Non-Attorneys: Florida Takes Major Step in Preventing the Unauthorized Practice of Elder Law,” Westchester Lawyer Magazine, Westchester County Bar Association, Volume 2, No. 4, April 2015
  • “Revocable or Irrevocable Trust: Which Trust is Better for Me and My Family?,” Westchester Lawyer Magazine, Westchester County Bar Association, Volume 2, No. 2, February 2015
  • “Not the Kind of Discovery You Were Thinking of: A Primer on Discovery Pursuant to Section 213 of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act,” Westchester County Bar Association Bar Journal, Winter/Spring 2014
  • “Factors to Consider When Transferring a Residence for Elder Law and Estate Planning Purposes,” Westchester Lawyer Magazine, Westchester County Bar Association, Volume 1, No. 1, September 2014 (also printed in the Trust and Estates Law Section Newsletter, New York State Bar Association, Fall 2014)
  • “The Repeal of DOMA Makes Estate and Long Term Care Planning Critical for Same Sex Married Couples,” Westchester County Bar Association Newsletter, May 2014
  • “Are You Ready for the Elder Years?” The Senior Lawyer, New York State Bar Association, Volume 6, No. 1, Spring 2014 (also printed in the Westchester County Bar Association Newsletter, September 2013)
  • “Granny Snatchers Beware: New York Adopts Uniform Adult Guardianship Act,” The Senior Lawyer, New York State Bar Association, Volume 6, No. 1, Spring 2014 (also printed in the Westchester County Bar Association Newsletter, January 2014)
  • “The Basics of Business Succession Planning,” Elder and Special Needs Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, Volume 23, No. 4, Fall 2013
  • “Why Being Classified Under ‘Observation’ While in a Hospital Means Seniors Pay Thousands More,” The Senior Lawyer, New York State Bar Association, Volume 5, No. 1, Spring 2013 (also printed in the NYSBA Trust and Estates Law Section Newsletter, Fall/Winter 2012, the New York State Bar Association Journal, July/August 2013, and Westchester County Bar Association Newsletter, March 2013)
  • “The Treatment of Joint Accounts in an Article 81 Guardianship Proceeding,” Westchester County Bar Association Newsletter, September 2012
  • “Are You Absolutely Sure you Want to Get Married/Re-Married,” Westchester County Bar Association Newsletter, June 2012
  • “Medicaid’s Proposed Expanded Definition of ‘Estate’ is Repealed,” Westchester County Bar Association Newsletter, May 2012
  • “Drafting Special Needs Trusts That Are Tailored to the Needs of the Beneficiary: A Primer,” Elder and Special Needs Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, Volume 22, No. 2, Spring 2012
  • “Medicaid Expands Definition of ‘Estate’ for Recovery Purposes,” The Senior Lawyer, New York State Bar Association, Volume 4, No. 1, Spring 2012
  • "Medicaid Performs Kabuki Dance", Westchester County Bar Association Newsletter, February, 2012

Classes/Seminars

  • Chaired, lectured and served as a panelist for several hundred continuing education programs and as a speaker for numerous public and private organizations
  • Conducts Elder Law seminars at Pace Law School’s Continuing Legal Education Center
  • Frequent lecturer for Westchester County and New York State Bar Associations in Elder Law, Trusts and Estates and Guardianship programs

Honors and Awards

  • Elder Law "Lawyer of the Year" in White Plains, Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in White Plains, Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Golden Harvest Corporate Award, Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services, 2014
  • Westchester County’s Leading Elder Care Attorney, Above the Bar Awards, 2013
  • Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, since 2012
  • Westchester County’s Top 25 Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, since 2011
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, since 2007
  • AV-Rated Preeminent Attorney, Martindale Hubbell, since 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Westchester County Bar Foundation, President
  • Westchester County Bar Association, Past President
  • Westchester County Bar Association, Elder Law Committee, Co-Founder, 1992 - 2006
  • New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Past Chair
  • New York State Bar Association, Senior Lawyers Section, Chair of Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estate Section, Member
  • New York Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New York Chapter, Charter Member and Past President
  • New York State Office of Court Administration, Guardianship Advisory Committee, Member
  • Columbian Lawyers Association of Westchester County, Member and Vice President

Pro Bono Activities

  • Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services, Board Member
  • Board of Ethics, Town of Somers, Member
  • Business Development Board, Hudson Valley Bank, Member

Languages

  • English
  • Italian