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In this issue...
WCBA Annual Meeting: Registration Form,
Proxy Form and Slate of Officers
Hon. Anthony Scarpino Retires from the Bench
Revocable or Irrevocable Trusts
New Lawyers Leadership Awards Nominations
WCBA/Pace Law School CLE Collaboration
Court Reporters Help Record Veteran‘s Oral Histories
... and much more
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THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY BAR
ASSOCIATION’S MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Published by the
Westchester County Bar Association
One North Broadway, Suite 512
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel.: 914.761.3707 | Fax: 914.761.9402
Email: [email protected] | www.wcbany.org
OFFICERS AND STAFF
Dawn Kirby, Esq.
PRESIDENT
P. Daniel Hollis III, Esq.
PRESIDENT-ELECT
Stephanie L. Burns, Esq.
VICE PRESIDENT
Jon A. Dorf, Esq.
VICE PRESIDENT
Richard Vecchio, Esq.
SECRETARY
Julie Cvek Curley, Esq.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY
Kelly M. Welch, Esq.
TREASURER
David B. Bruckman, Esq., MS Tax
ASSISTANT TREASURER
Richard M. Gardella, Esq.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Luis Rivera, Esq.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael Kremen, Esq.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Mary Ellen McCourt
DESIGN & PRODUCTION MANAGER
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mayo Bartlett, Esq.
David B. Bruckman, Esq., MS Tax
Salvatore DiCostanzo, Esq.
Diana Bunin Kolev, Esq.
Hon. Michael McDermott
Stephanie Melowsky, Esq.
Tejash Sanchala, Esq.
Chauncey Walker, Esq.
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FEATURES
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Slate of 2015 Officers and Directors and Proxy Voting Form
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Annual Meeting & Past Presidents Dinner Registration Form
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Chinese New Year & Passing the Bar Event Information
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WCBA Member Benefits Listing
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Becoming Proactve About Law Firm Cyber Security
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The WCBA Recognizes and Thanks the Hon. Anthony A.
Scarpino Jr. for His Service and Commitment to Judicial Excellence
By David Menken, Esq.
By Kevin H. Cohen, Esq.
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Revocable or Irrevocable Trust: Which Trust is Better for Me and
My Family?
By Anthony J. Enea, Esq.
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New Lawyers Leadership Awards: Call for Nominations
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Court Reporters Volunteer to Help Record the Oral Histories
of America’s Veterans
By Debra A. Levinson
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WCBA Sponsored U.S. Supreme Court Admission Trip 2015
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WCBA Lawyer Referral Service Information
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NYS High School Mock Trial Competition Begins in February
By Michael Kremen, Esq.
WCBA and Pace Law School Launch Partnership to Sponsor CLEs
DEPARTMENTS
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President’s Message
By Dawn Kirby, Esq.
Member Spotlight: An Interview with Richard M. Gardella
By Tejash V. Sanchala, Esq. What’s Going On
CLE Center
Looking Forward
From the Back Bench
By Richard M. Gardella, Esq.
Classifieds
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FROM THE PRESIDENT
BY DAWN KIRBY, ESQ.
Score One For Democracy
Welcome Newly-elected Judges
I had jury duty last week. It reminded me of what our
judicial system is like for the “civilians.” I was really quite
impressed. A judge addressed the room, thanking everyone
for their service and emphasizing how important it was for
us to participate in the judicial process.
With the events in Paris at the forefront of my mind, my
heart was full of passion for the judicial system when I
spoke on behalf of the WCBA in welcoming our four justices
to the bench at the induction ceremony on January 13th.
She reminded us that people’s liberty may be at stake—or
we may simply see ordinary people who are in court with
ordinary problems. We would be given an opportunity to
see how difficult it is to serve as a juror. However, a jury of
one’s peers is a very special right we have here in America.
I went home that weekend and glued myself to the television
set and CNN. For once, there really was “breaking news!”
I watched as a significant portion of the world marched in
Paris in support of freedom, justice, liberty, the right to free
speech, and other rights such as the right to a speedy trial,
a trial by a jury of your peers and against double jeopardy.
I was enthralled watching people from different religions,
countries, ethnic backgrounds, all standing up in unity
in support of freedom and against terrorism. They were
holding up pens, waving flags, exclaiming “Je suis Charlie!”
It rekindled in my heart the profound appreciation for the
civil freedoms and access to justice that we have in this
country. However flawed the system may sometimes be,
as attorneys and judges we are part of the backbone of
our democracy.
We have three new judges: Hon. Anne Minihan (County
Court), Hon. Rachel Hahn (Family Court) and Hon. Arlene
Katz (Family Court). We have one returning judge: Hon.
James Hubert (Supreme Court). Welcome to each of you.
Your speeches at the induction were moving. I know your
wise minds will serve us well. Thank you for your service in
presiding over justice here in Westchester County.
Congratulations to our Newly-nominated WCBA
Officers and Directors
Congratulations to our new slate of future leaders of the
WCBA! I won’t spoil the surprise. See page 2 for the full
list. See someone you know?
Join me at the Annual Meeting & Past Presidents Dinner
Please support our new slate of officers and directors by
joining me on March 4, 2015, at our annual meeting where
the WCBA membership votes on the slate of officers and
directors. If approved, they will be inducted into office at
our Annual Banquet on May 7th.
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WCBA ANNUAL MEETING: IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
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TO SERVE AS OFFICERS
President P. Daniel Hollis III
President-Elect Kelly M. Welch
Vice President Stephanie L. Burns
Vice President Richard Vecchio
Treasurer
John R. McCarron Jr.
Asst. Treasurer Wendy M. Weathers
Secretary
Diana Bunin-Kolev
Asst. Secretary Hon. Linda S. Jamieson
TO SERVE AS DIRECTORS
James L. Hyer
Andrew P. Schreiver
Hon. Robert A. Spolzino
Sherry Levin Wallach
TO SERVE ON THE 2015 NOMINATING
COMMITTEE
Julie Cvek Curley
Jody Fay
Lucille Fontana
Kyle-Beth Hilfer
Dawn Kirby
Jerold R. Ruderman
Nancy Rudolph
ATTENTION ALL CHAIRS AND CO-CHAIRS
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The following slate of officers and directors will be voted
on by the membership at the Annual Meeting of the
Westchester County Bar Association on
Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
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The Nominating Committee of the WCBA announces the
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List of Nominees, Proxy, Chairpersons Reports Due
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY
BAR ASSOCIATION
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PROXY*
KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that the undersigned, an active member in good standing of THE
WESTCHESTER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, hereby acknowledges receipt of NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
OF THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION to
be held Wednesday, March 4, 2015, and by these presents does constitute and appoint President and Immediate Past President as alternate and each of them,
attorneys and agents with power of substitution, as
his or her proxy to attend the Annual Meeting of the
WESTCHESTER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION to be held
at seven o’clock in the evening on that date at the
MAMARONECK BEACH AND YACHT CLUB, MAMARONECK,
NY, or any adjournment thereof, with full and complete
power to vote and act in the undersigned’s name and
stead in the manner and with the same power and effect as if the undersigned were personally present at
such meeting, hereby revoking any and all other proxies
heretofore given by me to any persons whatsoever.
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Sign Full Name
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Print Full Name
Date ______________________, 2015
Annual Section and Committee Reports were
due January 30, 2015.
Please RETURN signed PROXY
Please send your reports as a PDF or WORD document to Mike Kremen at [email protected] as soon
as possible! Thank you!
via email to [email protected]
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conducting our Annual Meeting and
election of officers and directors.
WCBA
COCKTAIL RECEPTION: 6:00 pm
DINNER MEETING: 7:00 pm
Honoring: Hudson Valley Bank
This year the WCBA is pleased to acknowledge and thank Hudson Valley Bank
for its ongoing loyal and generous support of the Westchester County Bar Association. Each year the Bank’s numerous sponsorships allow us to provide a
diverse group of offerings to our members including CLEs, weekly eblasts and
networking events. Hudson Valley Bank has supported the Association’s banking needs with exemplary levels of service.
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The Elder Law Committee, the New Lawyers Section and
Pace Law School’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations present
Two Annual Networking Events in One!
&
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Chinese New Year
Passing the Bar
Lawyers and professionals
serving the elder care industry
You’ve recently passed the
NY, NJ or CT State Bars!
The Elder Law Committee invites you to join them
for the fifth annual Chinese New Year reception
and dinner. A proven fun time for all.
The WCBA’s New Lawyers Section and
Pace Law School cordially invite you to join us
and celebrate this achievement.
Elder law attorneys, affiliate members who are providers to the elder care industry,
members of the judiciary and recently admitted attorneys...
Join us for a fun time! Celebrate and network while enjoying great food
in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Tickets: (includes dinner)
$35 before Feb. 19
$50 after Feb. 19
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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/COACHING &
STRATEGY
MARKETING PARTNERS: WCBA
members receive the friends
and family discount on coaching, training or
retreat planning. Contact Carol Schiro
Greenwald at 914-834-9320.
CREDIT CARD PROCESSING
CYNERGY DATA: WCBA members receive discounted rates
that average 20% below current industry
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Dr. Alan Guber at 914-329-0280 or
[email protected]
COURT REPORTING
DALCO REPORTING: 20% off
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first deposition scheduled.
Contact 914-684-9009.
HEALTH, FITNESS & WELLNESS
HEALTHY FIT FOR WOMEN: $0 Enrollment on Annual Membership (Save $199) at
Healthy Fit for Women in Mamaroneck.
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THE WHITE PLAINS YMCA offers
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membership rates and waiver of the Joiner’s
fee. Contact Linda Dilazzaro 914-949-8030 /
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INSURANCE
The following are the WCBA’s preferred
insurance vendors, who offer WCBA members discounted rates, special programs and
superior service. For more information visit
our homepage at www.wcbany.org.
Group Health & Employee Insurance
Charles Newman CLU, the local insurance
agent for the WCBA, is available for consultation in Hawthorne at 914-345-1000 or email
[email protected]
Access to group health insurance and
employee benefits through The Charles J.
Newman Co. Contact Charles J. Newman CLU
at 914-345-1000 or email him at [email protected]
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Home, Auto & Umbrella Coverage
Home, auto, valuable articles, and umbrella
liability insurance through ACE Private Risk
Services, contact Jeff Pitcher at (914) 3812040 (ext.13) or [email protected]
Long Term Care
Long Term Care Insurance through New York
Life Insurance, contact Lucy Banko at 914253-7214 or [email protected]
SPECI AL DISCOUNTS ON ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Vision Coverage
WCBA Vision Plan through VSP. For more
information contact Irene Walton at 800952-4050 ext. 4765.
PAYROLL PROCESSING
Term Life Insurance
Up to $1million of coverage available.
Call Plan Agent, Gallagher Bolinger email
[email protected] or call
800-952-4050.
POSTAL SERVICES
PAYCHEX: 25% off Payroll Services.
Contact Chris Dress at 914-646-5860.
LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT:
BILLING
ANDREA PRIGOT: We offer WCBA members
a 20% discount on new licenses of PCLaw,
Time Matters and Billing Matters – for new
customers only. Contact Andrea Prigot at
914-738-9148.
LEGAL PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH
LEXISNEXIS: 20% off new
purchases including ONLINE and PRINT materials. WCBA members receive 20% off the purchase of on-line research for new subscribers;
20% off of Matthew Bender guide books and
treatises and other print titles.
Contact Dan Zilker: at 914-293-7444 or
[email protected]
WESTLAW: Members receive
17-25% off new WestlawPro Subscriptions
and 20% off Westlaw Titles. Contact Charles
Heggers at 914-309-9070.
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which provides great discounts on
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By enrolling in the UPS Savings Program, you
can save up to 26 percent on these services.
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NYC: 60 E. 42 St., One Grand Central Place
We will waive the set up fee for any program
for WCBA members.
Contact Tracey Di Brino at 914-220-8390, or
[email protected]
PROCESS SERVER
INTER COUNTY JUDICIAL SERVICES
Significant Discount for Process Service for
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mention you are a member when calling.
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anywhere at anytime, significantly increasing
productivity.
Legal Process Services & Investigations
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and $29/month for paralegals and staff. MyCase will offer a 10% off lifetime discount to
WCBA members. www.mycase.com.
Contact: Stephanie Phelan at 805-364-5727;
[email protected]
OFFICE SUPPLIES
WB MASON: WCBA members
receive special discounts on office supplies,
coffee, water, snacks and office furniture. Located in Stamford, CT WB Mason offers free,
next day delivery with no minimum order
size on all of your supply needs.
Contact Walter Eisenberg at 914-804-1067,
[email protected] or your
local sales rep and mention, “WCBA Member
Benefits.”
„„ More than 50 WCBA CLE programs each year, for free and/or at reduced rates. Usually at less than $25 per credit hour!
„„ More than 50 active committees &
sections to advance your career
„„ Access to members only web pages
„„ A bi-weekly e-newsletter with current listings of CLEs and events
„„ Free subscription to Westchester Lawyer Magazine
„„ Free subscription to the Westchester
Bar Journal
„„ A collective voice at the state and
national level
„„ Numerous social events & activities providing unique networking opportuni-
ties, including: Meet the Judges
Reception, BBQ & Blues Party,
Annual Golf Outing, Happy Hour socials
„„ Eligibility to participate in the ABA
retirement program
„„ Fee dispute resolution & mediation programs
For more information visit the “Member Benefits” section of our website or contact [email protected]
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BECOMING PROACTIVE ABOUT
LAW FIRM
CYBER
SECURITY
BY DAVID MENKEN, ESQ.
“During the early morning hours of June 27, 2014, a hard drive
containing backup files for one of the firm’s servers was stolen from
the locked trunk of an employee’s vehicle…. We have confirmed
that the hard drive may have contained your name, birthday, Social
Security number, driver’s license number and contact information,
such as your home address, email and phone number.”1
This breach did not happen to a big-box store. It happened to a
criminal defense law firm in California,
and the admission was in a letter to
“Late Tuesday night Seattle Public Schools learned that a law firm
an undisclosed number of people,
retained by the district to handle a complaint against the district
presumably current clients, past clients,
inadvertently sent personally identifiable student information to
employees, and any other individual
an individual involved in the case. The district promptly removed
whose personal information was stored
the law firm from the case….”2
in the stolen hard drive, apparently in
unencrypted form.
The “personally identifiable information” was apparently sent to
just one unauthorized person, but the client was compelled to write
to every parent and the law firm was fired.
T
hese are not isolated incidents. Law firms are
increasingly becoming targets of hackers who
realize that lawyers, while mostly good at being
lawyers, are often terrible at securing their data. The
ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force estimated that 80
percent of the 100 largest U.S. law firms were subject to
successful data breaches by malicious intruders in 2011.
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That year, the U.S. government labeled New York City’s
200 largest law firms “the soft underbelly” of hundreds
of corporate clients.3 The Ponemon Institute recently estimated that the
average cost of a data breach to a company is $3.5
million.4 Direct costs of a breach include client and
employee notification (plus notification to anyone else
whose personal information was compromised, such as
individuals disclosed in discovery), investigation expense,
crisis management, costs of legal defense, and civil and
regulatory liability which can include damages, fines and
penalties. Indirect costs can eclipse direct costs when one
includes negative publicity, damaged goodwill and eroded
client and employee confidence.
LAWYERS ARE OBLIGATED TO PROTECT
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Rules 1.1 and 1.6 of the ABA Model Rules (which have
their counterparts in the NY Rules of Professional Conduct)
speak directly to confidentiality and clearly confidentiality
depends on strong data security.
Rule 1.1, regarding attorney competence, provides that “[a]
lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client.
Competent representation requires the legal knowledge,
skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary
for the representation.”5 Note 8 to that Rule specifically
provides that “[t]o maintain the requisite knowledge and
skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law
and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated
with relevant technology....”6
Rule 1.6(c) provides in pertinent part that “[a] lawyer
shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent
or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to,
information relating to the representation of a client.”7
WHAT IS A DATA BREACH?
New York law defines a data breach as the “unauthorized
acquisition … of computerized data that compromises the
security, confidentiality, or integrity of personal information
maintained by a business.”8 “Personal information” is “any
information concerning a natural person which, because
of name, number, personal mark, or other identifier, can
be used to identify such natural person.”9
Forty-seven states, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin
Islands have enacted laws requiring private entities or
the government to notify individuals of security breaches
involving personal information. Under New York’s data
breach notification law,10 even if only one New York resident
is to be notified, the breached entity must also inform the
Attorney General, the Department of State and the State
Police. Plus, if more than 5,000 New York residents are
notified at one time the three consumer reporting agencies
must also be notified.
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Best Practices for Data Security
1. Encrypt sensitive information, especially if it contains
data protected by Federal (such as HIPAA) or State law,
and especially if it can leave the building physically or via
an unsecured network. Encryption is a safe harbor under
most data breach laws, including New York’s.11
2. Conduct a cyber audit, adopt a written information
security program, and plan now on response to a data
breach, so that you can respond expeditiously and
confidently, and minimize your damages—if it happens
to you. That means knowing how to stop the breach,
who to call for help, and when and how to notify clients,
colleagues, your insurer and the authorities.
3. Implement a “Bring Your Own Device” policy. Devices
that are not dedicated exclusively to the office should be
subject to a “Bring Your Own Device” policy that strictly
monitors access to the firm’s network and mandates
up-to-date security controls.
4. If you store data in the cloud, as permitted with
conditions by NYSBA Ethics Opinion 842 (9/10/10),12 take
“reasonable care” to ensure that the service you use is
secure.
5. Train and re-train employees to be cyber-security aware
so that they become barriers to entry by crooks and do
not intentionally or inadvertently cause the removal
of personal information from the workplace or via
unsecured wireless connections.
6. Develop robust disposal policies of paper and electronic
files and also of equipment. Sanitize USB and hard
drives before they are discarded. Photocopiers and
fax machines have hard drives that contain scans of
documents that pass through them, so find out what the
copier guy does with the hard drive after the machine is
wheeled out the door.
7. Develop minimum security standards. If practical,
stipulate with opposing counsel to the redaction of
personal information (such as social security numbers)
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On the Occasion of His Stepping Down From the Bench...
The WCBA Recognizes and Thanks the
Hon. Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. for His
Service and Commitment to Judicial
Excellence
BY KEVIN H. COHEN, ESQ.
A
fter 14 years as Westchester
County Surrogate, the Hon.
Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. has
announced that he is stepping down
from the bench, effective January
31, 2015. The Westchester County
Bar Association would like to thank
Judge Scarpino for the significant
contributions he has made to our
community.
The Trusts and Estates Section is
particularly appreciative of his involvement with the Section, which
extended well beyond his learned,
thoughtful approach from the bench.
Judge Scarpino was exceedingly receptive to the concerns of the Bar
and worked hard to resolve any issues addressed by the Trusts and Estates Section. Despite recent cuts in
Surrogate’s Court personnel, Judge
Scarpino and his staff remained
dedicated in their service to the
community. His genuine care and
appreciation for the attorneys practicing before him was always apparent. He collaborated with the Westchester County Bar Association and
Chief Clerk Joseph Accetta to implement an informative continuing legal education program at the Surrogate’s Court, which was free of cost
and open to attorneys of all levels.
Through these programs, practitioners were able to better understand
Surrogate’s Court practice and gain
valuable insight on issues relevant
to trusts and estates attorneys. The
quarterly seminars ensured that
guardians ad litem appointed by
the judge were qualified to serve.
Due to his efforts, the eligibility and
participation of guardians ad litem
in this county has expanded to over
700 attorneys.
Judge Scarpino’s educational efforts did not stop with legal practitioners. While serving as Surrogate,
he expanded the court’s work with
interns to include not just law students but also high school and college students with an interest in
law. The internship program was a
success as it was not uncommon for
trusts and estates attorneys to hire
one of the interns directly from the
court.
Furthering his community involvement and his interest in education,
Judge Scarpino is an adjunct professor at Pace University Law School
where he is also a member of the
board of visitors. In addition, he
teaches at Mercy College, West-
chester Community College and at
Iona College’s Criminal Justice Department.
He has been recognized by many
organizations including the Westchester County Bar Association,
the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, the Columbian Lawyers
Association and Iona College for his
achievements, his service to the legal
community and his pro bono service.
The Westchester County Bar Association, and in particular the Trusts
and Estates Section, thanks Judge
Scarpino for his tremendous service.
He has served as an exemplary leader in Westchester County. His legacy
will endure through the changes he
has implemented and the people
he has touched through his work
throughout the county.
Kevin H. Cohen, Esq., is the managing
member of the Law Offices of Kevin H. Cohen, P.C. which focuses on all aspects of
trusts and estates law. Mr. Cohen is a cochair of the Westchester County Bar Association's Trusts and Estates Section and is
the Ninth Judicial District Representative
for the New York State Bar Association's
Trusts and Estates section.
WESTCHESTER LAWYER I FEBRUARY 2015 I 9
REVOCABLE OR IRREVOCABLE TRUST:
WHICH TRUST IS BETTER FOR ME AND MY FAMILY?
BY ANTHONY J. ENEA, ESQ.
M
y clients always ask me
whether an irrevocable trust
is better than a revocable living trust and vice versa. To their dismay the answer is that one is not better than the other, that they are both
excellent estate and elder law planning tools and depending on what
unfettered control over the assets
transferred to the trust during his or
her lifetime. He or she can also specify to whom and in what amounts/
percentages the assets titled in the
trust are to be distributed upon
his or her demise. At death of the
creator(s) the revocable trust be-
without court intervention required
with the probate of a last will & testament. The revocable living trust in
essence can accomplish all that is
accomplished with the use of a last
will & testament while avoiding the
necessity of probate.
The one essential for the effec-
The avoidance of the probate process and associated legal fees, costs
and delays is the primary reason for the use of a revocable living trust.
their objectives are they both can be
of significant value when used as part
of their planning.
A revocable living trust is a trust
agreement that is amendable and
revocable during one’s lifetime. The
creator(s) of the trust can be both
the creator and the sole trustee
(alternate trustees can be appointed). Thus, giving him or her full and
10 I FEBRUARY 2015 I WESTCHESTER LAWYER
comes irrevocable, and thus, the assets titled in the name of the trust
will not be subjected to probate
upon his or her death.
Upon the death of the creator(s)
the named trustees of the trust will
then be able to make payments of
the decedent’s bills, taxes and expenses and make distributions to
the named beneficiaries of the trust
tive utilization of a revocable trust is
that one’s assets, such as bank accounts, stocks, bonds and real property (house, condo, co-op) must be
titled (re-titled) in the name of the
trust. The trust does not control assets which are not titled in its name.
The revocable living trust also has
added advantages of allowing the
alternate named trustees to man-
age the trust assets in the event the
creator of the trust becomes incapacitated or disabled.
However, the revocable living
trust is not the vehicle to be utilized
if your goal is to protect assets from
the cost of long term care (in home
care and/or nursing home) as the assets titled in its name are considered
available resources for purposes of
ed and/or revoked by the creator,
and neither the creator and his or
her spouse should be appointed as
trustee of said trust.
The primary purpose of the irrevocable medicaid asset protection
trust is to shelter assets so that if
one needs home care and/or nursing home care services in the future
that the assets titled in the name of
to reside in and utilize any real property transferred to the trust during
their lifetime. The trust creator will
continue to be able to utilize any tax
exemptions available such as STAR,
senior citizens and veterans and will
also be available to take advantage
of the personal residence exclusion
for income tax purposes in the event
the residence is sold.
Perhaps, the most common irrevocable trust being utilized by seniors
today is an irrevocable medicaid asset protection trust...
Medicaid eligibility, and Medicaid
can impose a lien/claim against the
assets titled in the name of the revocable living trust.
The avoidance of the probate process and associated legal fees, costs
and delays is the primary reason for
the use of a revocable living trust.
With respect to the irrevocable
trust, there are various types of irrevocable trusts with differing purposes and objectives. For example,
if you want to gift assets during your
lifetime to a trust to be used for
the benefit of your children and/or
grandchildren an irrevocable trust
might be an appropriate vehicle.
If you have a disabled child and/or
grandchild, an irrevocable special
needs trust is often utilized. If you
have significant life insurance assets and do not want the assets to
go outright to the beneficiary, and
do not want the life insurance death
benefit to be part of your taxable
estate, an irrevocable life insurance
trust is often utilized.
Perhaps, the most common irrevocable trust being utilized by seniors
today is an irrevocable medicaid asset protection trust also referred to
as an irrevocable income only trust.
Unlike a revocable living trust, this
irrevocable trust cannot be amend-
the trust are not counted as available resources for purposes of Medicaid eligibility and are not resources
against which Medicaid has a claim
and/or lien against for the value of
the series they have provided.
The transfer of assets to the irrevocable trust will disqualify the creator
of the trust and his or her spouse
from eligibility for nursing home
Medicaid, (not home care Medicaid) for five years (“the look back period”). However, once the five years
have elapsed, the assets in the trust
are no longer available resources for
purposes of Medicaid eligibility and
Medicaid cannot file a claim and/or
lien against the trust assets.
This trust is ideal for individuals
wanting to protect their home and
a portion of their life savings against
the ravages of the cost of long term
care. With the average cost of a
nursing home in the New York metropolitan area being in excess of
$15,000.00 per month, failing to do
so can have dire consequences.
Unlike the revocable trust, this
trust does not allow the trustees
to distribute the trust principal to
or for the benefit of the creator(s).
However, the trust creator(s) can
receive any income generated by
the trust assets and have the right
Additionally, while the trustees
cannot distribute trust principal to
the creator(s), the creator(s) can
give the trustees the power to distribute principal and income to their
children and others. This can be of
value if access to the trust principal
is ever needed.
Like the revocable trust, the assets
titled in the name of the irrevocable
trust will not be subjected to the
probate process.
As can be seen from the above,
it is really not a question of which
trust is better, but a question of
one’s comfort level and the goals
and objectives one is seeking to accomplish.
This article was previously published in
the Westchester County Business Journal.
Anthony J. Enea, Esq., is the managing
member of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano,
LLP. He is a past president of the Westchester County Bar Association and is
the president of the Westchester County
Bar Foundation. Mr. Enea is the immediate past chair of the Elder Law Section of
NYSBA, is a past president and a founding
member of the New York Chapter of the
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
(NAELA) and is a member of the Council
of Advanced Practitioners of NAELA.
WESTCHESTER LAWYER I FEBRUARY 2015 I 11
CYBER SECURITY
(continued from page 7)
There is another important entity to notify of a data breach:
the malpractice insurance carrier. There must be few calls
less desirable to make than that to the malpractice carrier,
putting it on notice of a data breach, especially if the breach
was reasonably avoidable.
WHAT LAWYERS NEED TO DO
Risk of a breach can never be entirely prevented, but it can
be minimized by exercising proper security precautions. It
would be wise, therefore, to consider adopting the steps
as “best practices” from a data security perspective listed
in the box on page 7.
Safeguarding information simply makes good business
sense. When our clients and our colleagues see that we care
about the security of their personal information we increase
their confidence in us as individuals and as a profession.
ENDNOTES
1 http://www.databreaches.net/law-firm-notifies-employeesafter-vendors-server-accessed/.
2 http://www.seattleschools.org /modules/cms/pages.
phtml?sessionid=&pageid=320090
3 http://www.sddt.com/reports/article.cfm?RID=955&SourceCo
de=20130916cwa&_t=Make+sure+your+attorney+protects+yo
ur+personal+information#.VH4kI6x0z_Q
4 http://www.ponemon.org/blog/ponemon-institute-releases-
12 I FEBRUARY 2015 I WESTCHESTER LAWYER
2014-cost-of-data-breach-global-analysis
5 http://www.americanbar.org/groups/professional_responsibility/publications/model_rules_of_professional_conduct/
rule_1_1_competence.html.
6 http://www.americanbar.org/groups/professional_responsibility/publications/model_rules_of_professional_conduct/
rule_1_1_competence/comment_on_rule_1_1.html. Emphasis
added.
7 https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=
&oq=aba+model+rules+1.1+note+8&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GG
HP_enUS438US438&q=aba+model+rules+1.6&gs_l=hp..3.4
1l1066.0.0.2.28194...........0.
8 N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law §899-aa(1)(c).
9 N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law §899-aa(1)(a).
10 N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law §899-aa(8).
11 A NYSBA ethics opinion recently advised that a law firm may
give its lawyers remote access to client files, so they can work
at home, only if the firm determines that the particular technology used provides reasonable protection to client confidential
information or if the client gives informed consent. NYSBA Ethics
Opinion 1019 (8/24/14).
12 NYSBA Ethics Opinion 842 (9/10/10).
David Menken, Esq., advises clients on matters involving information technology, privacy and data security at Smith, Buss & Jacobs,
LLP. He was founder and first chair of the WCBA’s Intelectual Property Committee. He can be reached at [email protected]
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MEM B E R S P O TLIG H T
Richard M. Gardella, Esq.
WCBA Past President (1997-1999)
WCBF Past President
Editor-in-Chief of this Magazine
WCBA member for 42 years
Current job and type of practice: Of
counsel to the firm of Bertine, Hufnagel,
et al. and of counsel to Wayne D.
Esannason, village attorney of the Village
of Scarsdale. The focus of my practice is
municipal law.
Why I wanted to be a lawyer: My late
brother, Judge George J. Gardella, urged
me to become a lawyer. It took him nine
years to get me to go to law school. I
was happy as a newspaper reporter
and editor, but eventually I decided I
needed new challenges and followed
my brother’s urging.
My mentors in the legal field: The late
Mort Zucker and the late Judge John Heeee’s out! P l ay i n g f i rst b a s e i n
Holden — both were members of the Cooperstown, NY, in 2014.
position was soon followed by my
City of White Plains Law Department.
assumption of the Scarsdale Village
A turning point in my legal career:
Attorney position and a legal career
A New Jersey recruiter contacted me
devoted to municipal law.
about an opening as corporation counsel
for the City of Rye. The taking of that Some of my successes include: My first
In this column, Board Member and Labor
& Employment Law Committee Co-chair
Tejash V. Sanchala, Esq., interviews members
about their experiences and insights.
Tejash welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns. He can be reached at
[email protected]
appeal before the Appellate Division,
Second Department, not only resulted
in the reversal of a murder conviction for
my assigned client, but the unanimous
court also dismissed the charges. Three
decade long litigation battles involving
land use also ended favorably. Two
in Rye involved the preservation of
the Jay Mansion and the building of
senior citizen housing. One in Scarsdale
involved the sale of land by the village.
The land had been gifted to the village
by the late Harry Winston, the famous
jeweler.
The last thing I did to improve
my skill set as a lawyer: Attending
an IMLA conference in Baltimore,
Maryland, in September. IMLA stands
for International Municipal Lawyers
Association. Attendance at such
conferences broadens my contacts
and exposes me to new municipal law
developments.
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If I were not practicing law, I would be:
A struggling novelist.
of being true to myself and expressing
the certainty I felt. Another time a lawyer
friend scolded me, pointing out that the
trial was not about me, but about my
client. I had expressed worries to him
about an upcoming trial.
People may be surprised to learn:
That I became a professional writer in
the Army.
What I splurge on: My baseball habit.
I will travel anywhere to play first base.
The best hour of my day is: Dinnertime
Favorite movies: It’s a Wonderful Life
with James Stewart; Scrooge with
Alastair Sim; Tunes of Glory with Alec
Guinness, and Glory with Morgan
Freeman and Denzel Washington.
My favorite vacation spots: Ogunquit,
Maine, and Wind Whistle, South Island,
New Zealand.
Three things I can’t live without: My
family (which includes my wife, two
sons and three grandchildren), my U.S.
citizenship and liberty.
My favorite things to do in Westchester:
Dining out—some of my favorites include
Hard at work as an army public information
specialist in Germany in 1959.
Kraft Bistro in Bronxville, Ernesto’s in
White Plains, Sam’s Gedney Tavern in
White Plains and Harvest on the Hudson
in Hastings—and hiking in Ward Pound
Ridge Reservation with my wife.
Best advice I ever got: After my assigned
client was acquitted on burglary charges
following a weeklong trial a jury man
took me aside. He told me: “you know
that humble bit…get rid of it. The
women don’t like it.” In my summation,
I tried to be humble Abe Lincoln instead
My advice to new lawyers: Don’t go
it alone. Look for mentors and don’t be
afraid to ask questions. Also don’t make
the second mistake. The second mistake
is refusing to admit the first mistake and
failing to learn from that first mistake.
Finally, honesty is not just the best policy.
It is the only policy.
My favorite part of being a WCBA
member: Meeting and socializing with
lawyers. Also the opportunity to write
about the past in order to illuminate
the present and suggest the future.
(See page 26 for Mr. Gardella’s monthly
column, From the Back Bench.)
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WH AT ’ S G O I N G ON
Membership News....Updates....Sections....Committees....
Surrogate Court Judge Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.,
Leaving Bench to Enter Private Practice
After 14 years as Westchester County Surrogate,
Hon. Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. has announced
that he is stepping down from the bench effective January 31st. Judge Scarpino, who began his
judicial career in 1984 at age 32 when he was
appointed Associate City Court Judge in his home town of
Mount Vernon, NY, said that upon leaving the bench he will
enter private practice in a senior level position at a regional
law firm. Judge Scarpino plans to begin the next chapter in
his long career in the first quarter of 2015. (See p. 9 for a
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he late 19th century court
case might make sense as an early Downton Abbey episode, but
for devotees of today’s burgeoning casino culture the central issues raised by
that case are almost incomprehensible.
The case also lays out a number of lessons concerning the trust placed in
longtime friends of high station; the
value of a group promise of secrecy; the
danger of signing a document that does
not present the truth as you see it, and
the difficulty in proving a negative.
The trial alleged defamation stemming
from an accusation of cheating at cards
against a 42-year-old baronet with a
distinguished 23-year British military
career. Sir William Gordon-Cumming, a lieutenant colonel in the Scots
Guards, brought the slander action 124
years ago this month in an attempt to
clear his name and save his honor after
the cheating accusation became public
despite promises of secrecy.
The only issue in the case was whether
the cheating allegation was true. Malice
and public figure status, issues in American courts in regard to slander claims,
were not issues in Sir William’s case.
Filed on February 6, 1891, the case
against five persons, including the
hostess of a house party where the alleged card cheating took place, sought
a 5,000 pound judgment against each
defendant. It went to trial on June 1,
1891. The plaintiff was not the public’s
central focus. The involvement of the
Prince of Wales in the card game and
his forced appearance as a witness drew
public attention and criticism. The
prince, who would later become King
Edward VII, was the first heir to the
English throne to be required to testify
at trial in nearly 500 years. Many in the
press questioned his fitness to rule as a
result of his involvement in “gambling.”
The cheating accusations stemmed
from games of baccarat on September
8 and 9, 1890 at Tranby Croft, the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wilson. Beside Sir William and the prince,
other dignitaries gathered there for the
Doncaster Races included Lord Coventry and General Owen Williams.
At about 11 p.m. it was decided to
play the card game which involves four
packs of cards (208 cards), a banker, a
croupier and two sets of players. The
prince became the banker and General
Williams later became the croupier. No
baccarat table being available, a playing table had to be improvised on both
nights. A strict game of chance, bets
were made through the use of counters.
The prince brought counters with him
to the house party. Those who were
later to claim cheating were young and
inexperienced at the game except for
the hostess. One was a subaltern in the
plaintiff’s regiment.
Over the two days, Sir William won
225 pounds, almost $1,200.00 in
American currency back then. On the
10th, he was confronted with the cheating charge. It was claimed that he surreptitiously changed his bet after the
cards became known, upping his bet
when the cards favored him and reducing his bet in face of unfavorable cards.
He denied the charge, but was convinced by General Williams and Lord
Coventry to sign a document that
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promised secrecy. He signed after
speaking to the prince and despite his
stated belief that his signature would be
tantamount to an admission of guilt. It
is clear that protection of the prince’s
reputation by avoiding scandal played
a role in his decision.
The paper read:
“In consideration of the promise made
by the gentlemen whose names are
subscribed to preserve silence with
reference to an accusation which have
been made with regard to my conduct
at baccarat on the nights of Monday
and Tuesday, the 8th and 9th of September, 1890, at Tranby Croft, I will
on my part solemnly undertake never
to play cards again as long as I live.”
Also signing were the prince, General
Williams, Lord Coventry and the male
accusers. The document would play
a central role at the trial that lasted a
week, and, with the help of testimony
of Sir William’s “friends”, would sink
any hope of saving the baronet’s reputation.
The future British King, a longtime
friend of Sir William, was treated with
kid gloves when he took the stand. It
fell to a jury man to ask basic questions. As banker did the prince see any
malpractice? His highness answered
no, but qualified his answer by saying
“anything of that sort” is not expected
among friends. The jury man then
asked the prince his opinion of the
charges against Sir William. Because
they appeared to be “so unanimous” he
said he was forced to believe them. The
plaintiffs two other friends, General
Williams and Lord Coventry, who per-
sonally saw no cheating, testified that
they believed the evidence against the
lieutenant colonel overwhelming.
In a summation, which covered nearly
50 book pages, and was 10 times as
long as that of the defendants’ lawyer, Sir William’s counsel, the Solicitor General, Sir Edward Clarke, Q.C.,
took that evidence apart, pointing out
the card playing inexperience of the accusers and the lack of direct evidence
from the banker or croupier of cheating. An issue never raised was past card
playing experience of the banker and
croupier with the plaintiff. That avoidance was apparently an attempt to protect the prince’s reputation. That desire
to protect the future king was powerfully pointed to by Sir Edward as the
reason for the plaintiff’s signature on
the damming document.
Sir Edward’s detailed effort was negated
by the trial judge, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Coleridge, when he delivered
his charge. In an age where judicial impartiality in charging a jury was not
necessarily the norm, the justice made
it clear where he stood, concluding:
“I cannot help thinking that, even if
it were otherwise, a man might accept
many things. He might accept death,
but he would not accept dishonour.
Do you believe that an innocent man
— a perfectly innocent man — would
write down his name on a dishonouring document, on a document which,
in fact, stated that he had cheated and
taken money out of the pocket of the
Prince of Wales by craft and sharping, simply that it might not be made
known that the Prince of Wales had
played baccarat for very moderate
stakes? Is not the consequence far too
great for the cause? … is it not putting
an incredible weight upon it to suppose
that any gentleman in the circumstances would allow himself not to die but
to be called a card-sharper and a cheat
for the rest of his life, for fear it should
be known that the Prince of Wales had
done something of which many people
would disapprove? I could quite understand a man giving up his all except his
honour — but I cannot understand a
man doing as this man did…”
It took the jury just 13 minutes to find
for the defendants. Sir William was
dismissed from the army the following
day. The prince would never deal with
anyone that had any association with
Sir William thereafter and the colonel’s
twenty close friends never spoke to him
again. He resigned from a number of
high society clubs. The day following
the verdict the London Times wrote:
“…He has committed a mortal offense.
Society can know him no more…”
Sir William later married and had five
children; took to drink and was forced
into more modest circumstances. He
died in 1930 at 81.
Sir Edward Clarke wrote in his autobiography:
“I believe the verdict was wrong, and
that Sir William Gordon-Cumming
was innocent of the offense charged
against him.”
An arrogant man and a lifelong womanizer who preferred married woman,
the baronet’s reputation apparently did
not suffer from that form of cheating.
Ironically, it was a friendly card game
and questionable evidence that led to
his loss of reputation.1
ENDNOTE
1
See The Baccarat case, Gordon-Cumming
v. Wilson and others, edited by W.
Teignmouth Shore, published by William
Hodge & Company, limited, in 1932,
and republished by The Notable Trials
Library in 1992. The Wikipedia free
encyclopedia was also consulted.
Richard M. Gardella, Esq., is counsel to
Bertine, Hufnagel, Headley, Zeltner, Drummond & Dohn LLP. He is a past president
of the Westchester County Bar Association
and the Westchester County Bar Foundation, the editor-in-chief of this Magazine,
and a former WCBA delegate to the American Bar Association and the New York State
Bar Association.
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