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Frances M Pantaleo

Bleakley Platt & Schmidt LLP

White Plains, NY, USA


Frances M. Pantaleo is a partner at Bleakley Platt & Schmidt LLP, handling a broad range of matters with a particular emphasis in the areas of elder law, estate planning, drafting wills and trusts, probate and administration of estates, guardianship proceedings under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law and Article 17A of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act, and drafting and administration of supplemental needs trusts. Ms. Pantaleo has received an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell peer review, the highest rating available, for her legal skills and ethical standards.

Ms. Pantaleo is the Chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She has previously served as Chair of the Elder Law Committees of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association.

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. Ms. Pantaleo has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of Elder Law and was named one of the top twenty-five attorneys in Westchester County in both 2011 and 2012. 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 Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is a frequent lecturer on elder law and special needs planning for professional education programs for attorneys and financial professionals and to community organizations such as The Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, UJA-Federation, The Pace Women’s Justice Center, Westchester ARC and Senior Law Day programs offered by Westchester County Department of Senior Services and programs.

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