The Need for an Elder Lawyer While Caring for a Loved One
Bleakley Platt & Schmidt partner Frances M. Pantaleo, Esq. and her team of elder law specialists understand that caring for an aging family member is a responsibility that tests the endurance of even the most devoted relatives. Fortunate families might find their loved one a room and specialized care at a retirement home or memory unit, but such a move brings its own stressors, like Medicare/Medicaid requirements and policies, on top of the inherent emotional strain. Few are prepared to navigate the intricacies of the system. Fortunately, Ms. Pantaleo leads the firm’s Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group, dedicated to addressing the needs of the elderly, the differently abled, and their families.
A member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on the Elderly and Disabled, Frances Pantaleo, Esq. was recently named Best Lawyers’ 2020 Lawyer of the Year in White Plains for the field of Elder Law. Additionally, the Thomson Reuters publication Super Lawyers Magazine has recognized her as one of the Top 25: 2019 Westchester County Super Lawyers, and the publication has also named her as one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in the Metro Area. She has also been honored with an award from the New York State Bar Association Elder Law & Special Needs Section for her work “in furtherance of the rights of the elderly and persons with disabilities.” An educator, as well as an attorney, Ms. Pantaleo has taught law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and Pace Law School in White Plains.
Under Frances Pantaleo’s leadership, the Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group works closely with clients’ family advisors, including family offices, financial advisors, CPAs, social workers, and healthcare professionals, providing counsel in the areas of health care, long-term care planning, estate planning (including preparation of wills, trusts, and advance directives), asset preservation and protection, Medicaid applications, and guardianship.
If you or a loved on are in need of elder law services, don’t wait to find out how Bleakley Platt & Schmidt can help. Contact Frances Pantaleo, Esq. to begin fighting for the care you need and the security your family deserves.