Elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP in Somers and White Plains, N.Y. will address the impact of aging baby boomers on Westchester and Putnam County in a series of educational programs to area chambers of commerce. With millions of baby boomers coming of age, Enea urges those in or approaching their elder years to take a proactive role in planning for the future.
According to the 2015-16 APPA National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association, approximately 65% of all households in the United States have a pet. Along with pet ownership comes the responsibility of ensuring your companion animal's care and well-being - even if that extends beyond your lifetime. Westchester elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP in White Plains and Somers, N.Y. recently addressed the importance of protecting your pet's future and urges pet owners to consider including companions animals in their estate plan.
A joint bank account is a ubiquitous and popular way to own an account with one's spouse, children, loved ones and friends. Generally, the primary and most significant advantage to using a joint bank account is that any of the parties named to the joint account will have access to its funds and, if the account is a joint account with rights of survivorship, the account passes to the surviving named account holder(s) upon the death of any joint tenant.
On Friday, June 17, the Columbian Lawyers Association of Westchester County will host its 33rd Annual Dinner Dance at The Fountainhead, 55 Quaker Ridge Road in New Rochelle. The event will honor elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea, Esq., managing partner of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP of White Plains, with the Honorable Richard J. Daronco Distinguished Service Award.
On Wednesday, October 28, Westchester elder law attorneys Anthony J. Enea and Sara E. Meyers of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP will lecture on retirement planning at the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) 2015 Fall Meeting of the Senior Lawyers Section.
Having spent approximately the last thirty years representing seniors and their families with the myriad of legal and familial issues impacting them as they age, I have unfortunately seen first hand the havoc created by a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. What has become most apparent is that more and more individuals are being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia related illness such as Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body dementia. Sadly, I have also recently observed an increase in number of Alzheimer's diagnoses at ages earlier than one would normally expect. In recent years I have counseled a number of families where an Alzheimer's diagnoses was made of an individual in their 60s and two families where the diagnosis was made in their 50s and 40s; a truly frightening prospect.
Anthony J. Enea, managing partner at Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, recently appeared on WVOX1460AM to discuss planning options for seniors. Listen to the complete interview, conducted by Joseph Ruhl, Regional President - Westchester County, Orange Bank and Trust Company, here.
Although formulating an estate and long term care plan is an important step towards financial security, many people fail to have even the most basic plan and advanced directives. One potential hurdle is a fear of putting together a poor plan. Having a basic understanding of these common mistakes can help reduce the risk of making some unfortunate errors. The following are examples of the most common errors made:
Taking the time to formulate an estate plan can often seem like a daunting process. This is particularly true for the single parent. The single parent is likely struggling to balance the demands of taking care of the children, home and working a job outside of the home. With these struggles the mere thought of adding anything to their to-do list may seem overwhelming. However, taking the time to develop an estate plan will likely ease some stress since the plan can help ensure that their children are provided for according to their wishes in the event of their demise. Some of the most valuable steps to consider implementing are:
Over the last decade, numerous non-attorney controlled entities have cropped up nationwide offering Medicaid and elder law planning services. Many of these entities have branched into these services from traditional home care and geriatric care management services, while others are newly created. The services offered by these providers are varied, often including the preparation and filing of Medicaid nursing home and home care applications, drafting of personal service contracts and qualified income trusts (in some states), as well as rendering advice regarding Medicaid eligibility and how to obtain benefits.