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Patrick F. Mize

Patrick F. Mize works with a variety of clients and provides individualized and thoughtful guidance on estate planning, wealth transfer, probate administration, and trust administration.  Patrick has extensive experience in all forms of probate, including those involving international non-resident decedents.

Patrick has practiced entire legal career in Naples, Florida and is a native Floridian.  Patrick served on the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar from 2014 to 2020.  An active member of the Florida Bar, Patrick continues as a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar by serving on the Probate Law and Procedure Committee and Guardianship and Power of Attorney Committee.  As part of his service to the Probate Law and Procedure Committee, Patrick Chaired a Subcommittee tasked with studying Florida Statute Section 731.106.  Based on a proposed statutory amendment from the Subcommittee, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section proposed legislation to clarify the governing law for dispositions of real estate in Florida.  That proposal was enacted in 2016 as new Florida Statute Section 731.1055.

Education

  • Levin College of Law, University of Florida, J.D., 2011
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University, B.S., 2005

Organizations

  • Real Property, Probate & Trust & Trust Law Section, Florida Bar
    • Co-Vice Chair, Information and Technology Committee, May 2019 – May 2020
    • At Large Member of the Executive Council, May 2014 – May 2020
    • Member, Probate Law and Procedure Committee, May 2013 – Present
      • Chair, Subcommittee Studying § 731.106, Florida Statutes, Nov. 2013 – Dec. 2018
    • Member, Guardianship and Power of Attorney Committee, February 2014 – Present
  • Collier County Bar Association
    • Chair, Trusts and Estates Section, June 2014 – May 2015
    • President, Young Lawyers Section, June 2016 – May 2017
    • Board Member, Young Lawyers Section, June 2012 – May 2018

Admissions

  • The Florida Bar, 2011

Awards & Honors

  • Graduate, Class IV of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, April 2019
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017 – Present

Speeches & Publications

  • Speaker, “Florida Estate Planning for Canadian Clients,” Collier County Bar Association – Trusts and Estates Section, September 2019
  • Speaker, “Bitcoin, Blockchains, and the Law,” Probate and Pumpernickel CLE Luncheon Series, December 2018 (Naples), January 2019 (Sarasota), and February 2019 (Orlando)
  • Author, “Governing Law for Dispositions of Florida Real Property by Non-Resident Decedents,” ActionLine, a publication of the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Winter 2017
  • Speaker, “Florida Estate Planning for Canadian Clients,” Orange County Bar Association – Estate, Guardianship & Trust Committee, May 2017
  • Speaker, “Florida Estate Planning for Canadian Clients,” Probate and Pumpernickel CLE Luncheon Series, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Grantor Trust Review – Tips, Tricks, and Traps,” Probate and Pumpernickel CLE Luncheon Series, April 2014
  • Speaker, “The New Florida Power of Attorney Act,” Probate and Pumpernickel CLE Luncheon Series, April 2012

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