Frances M. Pantaleo

Frances M. Pantaleo

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in White Plains, NY

Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP
 | One North Lexington Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-287-6113
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (70%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%)
Attorney Profile

Frances M. Pantaleo concentrates her practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, drafting wills and trusts, probate and administration of estates, guardianship proceedings, drafting and administration of special needs trusts and advising clients regarding public benefits programs accessed by the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Ms. Pantaleo is a Past-Chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and has served as past-Chair of the Elder Law Committees of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association. Ms. Pantaleo was an Associate Clinical Professor  and Supervising Attorney at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in the Bet Tzedek Litigation Clinic which represented elderly and disabled individuals and an Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School where she developed and taught a course on Elder Law. Ms. Pantaleo received her J.D. from New York University Law School in 1979 and is a summa cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College, CUNY.  In 2007, Ms. Pantaleo received a Partner in Justice Award in recognition of her outstanding pro bono assistance to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. Ms. Pantaleo serves on the Board of the Alzheimer's Association Mid-Hudson Chapter and has previously served on the Board of the Westchester End of Life Coalition.  She is a frequent lecturer for Continuing Legal Education programs offered by the New York State, Westchester County and Women’s Bar Associations, Pace Law School and the The Practicing Law Institute. Ms. Pantaleo makes presentations on elder law and special needs planning at the request of organizations such as The Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, UJA- Federation, The Pace Women’s Justice Center, Westchester Arc and the Senior Law Day programs offered by Westchester County Department of Senior Services and programs.

About Frances Pantaleo

Admitted: 1980, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.bpslaw.com/attorneys/frances-m-pantaleo.aspx

Honors and Awards:

  • Award for outstanding pro bono assistance., Partner in Justice Award, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, 2007
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Brooklyn College, CUNY, 1980

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section , 2013
  • Co-Chair, Westchester County Bar Association Elder Law Committee, 2007
  • Co-Chair, Westchester Women's Bar Association Elder Law Committee, 1997
  • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 1997
  • Officer of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association-2009 through 2014
  • Frequent speaker and writer of materials for continuing legal education programs offered by the New York State, PLI and local bar associations regarding elder law and special needs planning

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Membership Committee, Westchester Arc, 2009
  • Member, Senior Law Day Committee of the Westchester Public Private Partnership for Senior Services
  • Former Board Member, Westchester End of Life Coalition
  • Board of Directors, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, 2017
  • Board of Directors- Alzheimer's Association-Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester Chapter-2010 to 2016
  • Former Board Member, Westchester End of Life Coalition
  • Provide numerous free legal presentations to community organizations and participate in the Senior Law Day programs offered by the Westchester County Department of Senior Services and Programs
  • Provide pro bono legal assistance to attorneys on the staff of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley  regarding elder law and special needs issues; serve as a resource to volunteer attorneys who work with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Article regarding the growth in law school seminars and clinics which focus on the legal rights of seniors., Co-author with Nancy Levitan, "Elder Law and its Foray into the Law School Curriculum", New York Attorney, New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section, 1998
  • Primary author of Chapter regarding Elder Law in New York General Practice Handbook published by West., Co-author with Robert M. Freedman, Elder Law, West Publishing Company--New York Skills and Practice, 1997
  • Article defending the use of Medicaid planning in response to state arguments that such planning constitutes an impermissible fraudulent conveyance. , Co-author with Robert M. Freedman, "In Defense of Medicaid Planning: Federal Law Prohibits States from Applying Debtor-Creditor Law to Transfers of Assets", NAELA Quarterly, National Academy Of Elder Law Attorneys, 1994

Representative Clients:

  • Practice concentrates in the areas of Medicaid planning, guardianship, and estate planning for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Educational Background:

  • B.A., summa cum laude, Brooklyn College, CUNY, 1976
  • Juris Doctor, New York University School of Law, 1979
Office Location for Frances M. Pantaleo

One North Lexington Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

 

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Last Updated: 5/8/2017

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