The Leading Trust and Estate Litigation Firm in Michigan

Patricia Gormely Prince
  • Of Counsel


Bloomfield Hills, MI






Patricia Gormely Prince is a 1979 graduate of Wayne State University Law School.  Pat founded Prince Law Firm in 1992 and, and although she recently retired from full-time practice, she continues to be Of Counsel to the firm representing clients in various matters, acting as a mediator, and serving as a fiduciary.

Pat’s areas of concentration include estate planning, tax planning, trust and estate administration and related contested probate matters. Pat also successfully completed the General Civil Case Mediator Training conducted by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and she regularly mediates probate and civil disputes.

Pat is a member of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan and is a former Chairperson of the Section. She also chaired the Eastern District Drafting Committee regarding the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC), which went into effect on April 1, 2000. She is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and the Real Property and Probate Sections of the American Bar Association.

Pat is a past editor of the Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, and, among other things, she principally authored "How to Protect the Protected Person" (Michigan Bar Journal 1996) and "Determination of the Taxable Estate" in Michigan Revocable Grantor Trusts (ICLE 1991).

Pat has served as a well-received speaker at numerous Institute for Continuing Legal Education seminars in the areas of estate planning and administration.  She has also appeared as a guest on the television show "Due Process," and has been interviewed in the Detroit Free Press on probate related matters. For more about Pat's credentials, please visit Martindale-Hubbell.

Areas Of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Wills
  • Trust Law
  • Living Wills
  • Advance Directives
  • Power of Attorney
  • Charitable Giving
  • Charitable Trusts and Foundations
  • Decedents Estates
  • Probate
  • Estate Administration
  • Trust Administration
  • Ancillary Probate
  • Contested Wills
  • Trust and Estates
  • Estate Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Conservatorship
  • Guardianships
  • Elder Law
  • Incompetency Proceedings
  • Taxation
  • Federal Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Fiduciary Income Tax
  • Probate Taxation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Civil Mediator under Michigan Court Rule 2.411

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1979
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1981


  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Published Works

  • "How to Protect the Protected Person", Michigan Bar Journal, 1996
  • "Determination of the Taxable Estate" in Michigan Revocable Grantor Trusts, ICLE, 1991
  • Co-Author, "Termination of Trusts", Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Volume 9 #2 Spring, 1990
  • "What is the Standard Disclosure of for Prenuptial Agreements in Michigan?", Michigan Bar Journal, Volume 69 No.2, 1990
  • Co-Editor and Author, "Taxation of Decedents' Estates,", ICLE, 1994
  • "Breach of Fiduciary Duties", ICLE, 1998
  • "Trustees Duties and Liabilities", ICLE, 1999
  • "EPIC : Extending Probate Claims Procedures to Decedents Revocable Living Trust", Michigan Bar Journal


  • Speaker, Estate Planning and Administration

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section, Former Council Member, 1992 to 2001
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Editor, 2000 to 2001
  • Eastern District Drafting Committee, Chair
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Member
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections, Member
  • Wayne County Probate Court, Panelist and Chair, 1992 to 2001

Past Employment Positions

  • Wayne County Probate Court, Mediation Panelist and Chair, 00/1993 to 00/1994

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