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How Will a Trump Administration Impact Estate Taxes and Medicaid Benefits for Long Term Care?

While it still remains to be seen which specific legislative policies the administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump will pursue in 2017, it is a relatively safe bet that a repeal of the federal estate tax will be included.

The Problems with Probate

For most New Yorkers, having a Last Will and Testament is ubiquitous. As one ages, it is not unusual for the topic of a conversation to be whether one has signed their Last Will. Unfortunately, what is often missing from the conversation is that a Last Will only controls assets held by an individual in his or her name alone at the time of his or her death (not jointly held assets or assets with named beneficiaries), and that for the Last Will to be effective as to those assets, it must admitted to Probate in the Surrogate's Court of the County where the decedent resided.

Westchester Elder Law Attorney Anthony J. Enea Named Best Lawyers' Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in White Plains

Elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea, managing partner at Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, has been named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in White Plains. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates.

Protect Your Pets: Westchester Elder Law Attorney Anthony Enea Explains How to Provide for Pets in an Estate Plan

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. 

Is a Trust for my Pet a Viable Option?

One only needs to observe life's daily interactions to conclude that pets have become an integral part of the lives of many. It is virtually impossible to go to a mall or airport without encountering someone who has a pet or two in tow. In Westchester County, the importance of pets has been readily apparent for over a century. For almost 120 years, Hartsdale has been the home of what is now recognized as the oldest pet cemetery in the nation. Thus, the question most pet owners' face is what steps they can undertake to ensure that their pet or other domestic animal is properly provided for in the event of their demise. 

Westchester Attorney Anthony Enea Sheds Light on Elder Law and Estate Issues for Property Owners

Westchester elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP in White Plains, N.Y. recently addressed estate and elder law issues affecting property owners at the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) 2016 Senior Lawyers Section Annual Meeting. With millions of baby boomers coming of age, Mr. Enea urges seniors to take a proactive role in planning for the future.

Mom and Dad (Grandparents), Can You Please Lend Me Some Money?: The Unintended Consequences.

At one time or another, the request to borrow money has been made to many parents and grandparents by their adult children, grandchildren and other loved ones. However, in most instances parents and grandparents give to their families without properly documenting the transaction and its terms. Unfortunately, the lack of proper documentation may create unintended consequences and complexities, especially if long term care services and Medicaid are later needed.

Is Your Power of Attorney Ready for the Digital Era?

For several decades I have been advocating the importance of executing a General Durable Broad Power of Attorney that allows one's nominated agent(s) to do virtually all that the principal of the Power of Attorney could do. This includes executing an expanded version of the New York Statutory Gifts Rider, granting broad gifting powers to the agent(s) in the event of one's incapacity or illness.

Single Parents: Protect Your Children with a Proper Estate Plan

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:

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