Frances M. Pantaleo Speaks at Alzheimer’s Association’s Conference on Dementia
Bleakley Platt partner Frances M. Pantaleo spoke at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Fourth Annual Hudson Valley Regional Dementia Conference, “Meeting of the Minds,” on May 17th.
Her presentation, “After the diagnosis: Essential Legal Documents for Persons with Dementia” was well attended, with many questions from the audience about the important legal documents, such as powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills, and medical records release forms, which facilitate financial and health care decision making for individuals with dementia. The presentation also focused on the importance of reviewing estate planning documents, asset titles and beneficiary designations when there is a diagnosis of a potentially life limiting medical condition.
Ms. Pantaleo leads the Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group at Bleakley Platt. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and makes many presentations on Elder Law and Special Needs topics for consumers at the request of community and service organizations including AARP, UJA- Federation, the Pace Women’s Justice Center, Westchester Arc, the Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services and the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.
A former Chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the Trusts and Estates Section, Ms. Pantaleo is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). She is a member and has served as past-chair of the Elder Law Committees of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association. She is co-author of a chapter on elder law in General Practice in New York, published by the West Publishing Company and a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education programs which provide training to attorneys regarding elder law and special needs planning.
Bleakley Platt was pleased to be a premium exhibitor at the event.