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Anthony J. Enea, Esq. is the managing member of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP with offices in White Plains and Somers, New York. For over thirty-five (35) years, Mr. Enea has devoted his practice to educating and protecting the rights of seniors, the disabled and their families from the costs of long term care.

Mr. Enea and his firm concentrate their practice on Elder Law, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Asset Protecting Planning, Special Needs Planning, Medicaid Applications (Nursing Home and Home Care) and Guardianships (contested/non-contested).

He is the author of hundreds of published articles and a frequent lecturer to seniors, the disabled, attorneys, CPAs and financial advisors, with respect to the planning options available to seniors and their rights. For decades Mr. Enea's articles have been published in such publications as the New York State Bar Journal, the Trusts and Estates, Elder Law, General Practice Law and Elder Law Journal for the New York State Bar Association, the Westchester County Business Journal and the Westchester County Bar Journal and Newsletter, and Tax Stringer for the New York State Society of CPAs.

Mr. Enea has been Certified and Re-certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation as accredited by the American Bar Association*. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association as a Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Elderly and Disabled.

Mr. Enea is the Past Chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Enea is a Past President and a Founding Member of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He is also a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of NAELA.

Mr. Enea is the President of the Westchester County Bar Foundation and a past President of the Westchester County Bar Association.

Mr. Enea is the Past Chair of the 50+ Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Enea is the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, the Dr. Joseph A. Cimino Community Service Award from the Dominican Sisters, and the Honorable Richard J. Daranco Distinguished Service Award from the Columbian Lawyers Association of Westchester County.

Mr. Enea has been selected as a Super Lawyer for the fifteenth consecutive year, and for 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 was selected as a Top 25 Super Lawyer in Westchester County.

Mr. Enea for the eleventh consecutive year has also been selected for inclusion in the "Best Lawyers in America" as an Elder Law Attorney for 2021. For the year 2020, he was the recipient of the award as "Lawyer of the Year" for Elder Law, in 2019 he was "Lawyer of the Year" in Trusts and Estates in White Plains, New York.

Mr. Enea is an "AV" Rated Preeminent Attorney as rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Enea is the founder of the Anthony J. Enea Elder Law Scholarship at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

Mr. Enea is also fluent in Italian.

*The National Elder Law Foundation is not affiliated with any Governmental authority. Certification is not a requirement for the practice of Law in the State of New York and does not necessarily indicate greater competence than other attorneys experienced in this field of law.

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

Education

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

Published Works

  • 2021 Elder Law and Estate Planning Update Part 1 & 2, Westchester County Bar Association - Westchester Lawyer Magazine, September, 2021
  • The Decision to Transfer One’s Residence to Loved Ones or a Trust Requires Consideration of Many Factors, New York State Society of CPAs - Taxstringer, Published Date: Sep 1, 2021
  • The Consequences of Being in Denial About a Loved One’s Deteriorating Condition, Westchester County Business Journal via Westfair Online, August, 2021
  • Time to Re-focus on Protecting One’s Home From the Cost of Long Term Care, Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP Website, June, 2021
  • You Don't Have to Be Rich to Have A Trust, Westchester County Business Journal via Westfair Online, May, 2021
  • Is This an Opportune Time to Gift Your Commercial Real Estate Holdings for Estate and Gift Tax Planning Purposes?, Westchester County Business Journal via Westfair Online, March, 2021
  • The Long-Awaited Modifications to the Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney Have Been Enacted, NYSBA Journal, March/April, 2021
  • If Covid-19 Is Not Enough to Motivate You to Get Your Estate and Elder Law Planning and Affairs in Order, What Is?, Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP Website, 2020
  • "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
  • “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)
  • “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)
  • “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
  • The “Last Call” for Medicaid Homecare Without a Look-Back Period for Transfers has Perhaps Arrived!, New York State Society of CPA's Tax Stringer, January 2022

Classes/Seminars

  • Conducts Elder Law seminars at Pace Law School’s Continuing Legal Education Center, Present
  • Frequent lecturer for Westchester County and New York State Bar Associations in Elder Law, Trusts and Estates and Guardianship programs, Present
  • Frequent lecturer to seniors, the disabled, attorneys, CPAs and financial advisors, with respect to the planning options available to seniors and their rights. , Westchester County Bar Association and New York State Bar Association, Present
  • Frequent Lecturer at New York County Lawyers Association, 2019 to Present
  • Frequent Lecturer at New Rochelle Bar Association, Mount Vernon Bar Association, Present

Honors and Awards

  • Top 25: Westchester County Super Lawyers, Top 25: Westchester County Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2021
  • Super Lawyers list, 2007-2021
  • 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in: Elder Law /Trusts and Estates 2021
  • 2021 AV Preeminent is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for superior ethical standards and legal ability., AV-Rated Preeminent Attorney (2002 - Present), Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers 2020, Best Lawyers List
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers 2020
  • Top 25: Westchester County Super Lawyers, Top 25: Westchester County Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2020
  • Westchester County’s Top 25 Super Lawyers (2009-10, 2013-15, 2018-2020), Thomson Reuters, 2019
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers (2007 - Present), Thomson Reuters, 2019
  • Best Lawyer (2012 - Present), Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Trusts & Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in White Plains, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • AV Preeminent is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for superior ethical standards and legal ability., AV-Rated Preeminent Attorney (2002 - Present), Martindale Hubbell, 2019
  • Distinguished Service Award, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, 2018
  • Elder Law "Lawyer of the Year" in White Plains, Best Lawyers in America, 2018 & 2016
  • Dr. Joseph A. Cimino Community Service Award, ArchCare at Home, 2016
  • Honorable Richard J. Daronco Distinguished Service Award, Columbian Lawyers Association of Westchester County, 2016
  • Golden Harvest Corporate Award, Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services, 2014
  • Westchester County’s Leading Elder Care Attorney, Above the Bar Awards, 2013
  • 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
  • Trusts & Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in White Plains (Best Lawyers in America)

Professional Associations

  • New York Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2017 to Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, Council of Advanced Practitioners, 2020 to Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New York Chapter, Founding Member and Past President, 1987 to Present
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, Present
  • Estate Planning Council of Westchester County, Inc., Member, Present
  • New York State Bar Association's , Chair, Senior Lawyers Section, 2019 to Present
  • Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University's Board of Visitors, Member, 2018 to Present
  • Westchester County Bar Foundation, President
  • Westchester County Bar Association, Past President
  • 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
  • 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
  • Westchester County Bar Association, Elder Law Committee, Co-Founder, 1992 to 2006

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University Board of Visitors, Member
  • 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