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Law Firm OverviewThe Law Office of Dean E. Patrick PLLC in Michigan is dedicated to probate, litigation, personal injury and traffic matters. No matter the clients' needs, the firm provides high-quality legal advice. The firm has been helping clients resolve their issues for many years.
Attorney Dean E. Patrick works hard to protect our clients' rights and fight for client positions. He always puts the clients' needs and objectives first. He respects their time and does not waste it. He tells them what he thinks of their case and how to proceed.
Clients that work with the Law Office of Dean E. Patrick PLLC receive Mr. Patrick's focused energy and resources into their matters. He offers personalized attention throughout the process unlike some larger firms. He knows that the judicial system can be stressful and difficult to understand. He takes time to relieve their stress and explain the process. He is successful in resolving their issues with favorable outcomes.
Year this Office was Established: 2008
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Estate Settlement and Administration; Trust Settlement; Trust Administration; Incapacity Planning; Power of Attorney; Guardianship; Conservatorship; Probate Litigation; Will and Trust Contests; Fiduciary Services; Professional Trustee; Professional Conservator; Professional Agent.
Areas of Law Description
The Law Office of Dean E. Patrick, PLLC focuses our practice to the following areas of law:
- Estate Planning
Estate Planning is the process that gives you a say. If you become incapacitated and even when you're gone estate planning keeps you in control. There a variety of tools, including wills and trusts, that assure you keep control even when you are unable to speak on your own behalf. Which instruments are used depend on the specifics of your circumstances.
A must for your estate plan, the will allows you to control the distribution of your property after you pass on.
Trusts have been used for thousands of years. Still, they did not become popular estate planning tools until recently. A trust is a written agreement that names someone to be responsible for managing property for the benefit of others. As far as the law is concerned, a trust is a distinct, separate, entity.
- Estate Settlement
When a person passes away, their assets must be administered. Whether you are the personal representative (executor) in the probate court or a trustee of a trust, the law requires you act in the best interest of the estate you administer.
Are you faced with a probate court matter? If so, you need the assistance of an experienced probate attorney. The Law Office of Dean E. Patrick can guide you through the probate process in a calming, informative way. We want to be your guide during this troubled time.
When an individual can't make general care and control decisions for themselves, a guardianship may be established in the probate court. Call Michigan guardianship lawyer, Dean E. Patrick so that he can help you.
When an individual can't manage their own finances, a conservatorship may be established in the probate court. Call Michigan conservatorship attorney, Dean E. Patrick so that he can help you.
- Incapacity Planning
Under Michigan law, an incapacitated individual is one "who is impaired by reason of mental illness, mental deficiency, physical illness or disability, chronic use of drugs, chronic intoxication, or other cause, not including minority, to the extent of lacking sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate informed decisions."
- Power of Attorney
Generally speaking, a power of attorney is a writing that gives legal authority to a third party (agent) to act on the behalf of someone else (principal). In estate planning, these tools are used to insure someone you trust manages your financial and health care decisions when you no longer can.
When you go to the doctor or the dentist they always want you to sign a "HIPAA form." This "form" is a release document giving the professional permission to share your health information as necessary without liability under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
- Medicaid Planning
Part of good estate planning is focused on the preservation of assets for your loved ones. Unfortunately, nursing home costs pose a real threat to those assets. To address this issue, Attorney Patrick assists individuals with Medicaid planning.
- Debt Settlement
Debt worries? Let an aggressive, dedicated, lawyer deal with those hardball creditors. Attorney Patrick can help you.
Mr. Dean E Patrick
Estate and Trust, Estate Planning, Inheritance Law, Personal Property, Probate
- Michigan State Bar
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Brain Injury Litigation Network
- Wayne County Probate Bar Association
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