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Patrick T Hand

Probate Attorney at Orange, VA

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 8 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 39 years
    New York - NY 39 years
    Maryland - MD 33 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1984
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1984
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1991
    Inactive - Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    Administration of Decedent's estates , conservatorships, guardianships, trusts in District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.

  2. Estate planning
    Preparation of Wills, powers of attorney, trusts in District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland.

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    Representing individuals and small businesses in civil and probate litigation in District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.

  4. Appeals
    Preparing briefs and arguing civil, probate and criminal matters before appellate tribunals in District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.

  5. Business
    Incorporation of business entities and advising on legal matters pertaining to small businesses.

  6. Criminal defense
    Highly experienced criminal defense attorney. Practice in District of Columbia and Virginia.

  7. Personal injury
    Representing individuals injured in vehicular accidents, workplace, and other incidents in District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. Also defends individuals and small businesses on such claims.


Mr. Hand has provided effective representation for over three decades.  He is a general practitioner who is highly experienced in Estates and Trust, Criminal Law, and Civil Litigation.  As an Estates and Trusts attorney, he drafts Wills and other estate planning documents, assists Clients in opening and administering the estates of loved ones who have passed away, prosecutes and defends Will Contests, and manages trusts.  Mr. Hand is an accomplished Mental Health lawyer, representing individuals who are the subject of civil commitment proceedings, as well as the families of mentally ill persons who are in need of involuntary treatment.   He is a skilled appellate advocate.


Mr. Hand maintains offices in Orange, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and is admitted to practice in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and New York, as well as the United States Supreme Court.  He also is available nationwide to serve as a private trustee.


​Published opinions in cases in which Mr. Hand has served as counsel include: Smith v. United States, 984 A.2d 196 (2009); Williams v. United States, 927 A.2d 1064 (2007); Hurley v. Heilig, 28 F.Supp 2d 33 (D.D.C. 1998); Phillips v. District of Columbia, 714 A.2d 768 (D.C. 1998); W.C. & A.N Miller v. United States, 173 F.R.D. 1 (D.D.C 1997);  Patterson v. United States, 650 A.2d 673 (D.C. 1994); Nevarez v. Nevarez, 626 A.2d 867 (D.C. 1993); and United States v. Bethancurt, 692 F.Supp 1427 (D.D.C. 1988).


Patrick T. Hand
149 West Main Street
Orange, VA, 22960
Patrick T Hand
4900 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W
Suite 330
Washington, D.C., DC, 20016
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5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Stager Clay Smith | February 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Attorney Hand if you are seeking a very competent, effective and reasonable legal representative for probate administration and litigation matters. Attorney Hand was extremely helpful in assisting me and my siblings, in our capacity as personal representative resolve a very complicated, nuanced estate dispute. Thank you Attorney Hand!
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Posted by Amelia | March 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A Great Attorney and Good Man in a Storm
My family and I have relied on Patrick T. Hand, attorney at law, since 2011, when we needed someone with the legal expertise to help us with a serious family probate matter. My severely schizophrenic sister suddenly stopped showing up for work – a job she’d had for 29 years. There was no way to communicate with her as she wouldn’t open the door or answer the phone. After four months, I became her court-appointed conservator in an emergency hearing to pay her bills and save her benefits, The judge tasked me with finding a legal guardian to look out for her since I live 3,000 miles away. Patrick T. Hand proved to not only be a knowledgeable attorney about probate division matters and mental health laws, but a good man in a storm – always there for my sister no matter how much she resisted his help through 14 hospitalizations, a missing car with multiple tickets, landlord and neighbor issues, an eviction, and now a stable and ideal living environment. If it were not for Patrick T. Hand’s expertise and fortitude, I’m quite certain my sister would be homeless.
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Posted by Susan | January 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Help with Small Business
We have a small business in Washington, DC. Patrick helped us amend our operating agreement when we brought on a third partner. He made the process straightforward, easy and charged surprisingly reasonable rates. Patrick took care of exactly what we asked him to do professionally and efficiently. We would hire him again for any legal matter. We have and will continue to recommend him to other businesses and friends.
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Posted by Christiane | January 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Attorney
I needed a new will after my husband passed away. After discussing with my attorney and listening to his many good advises I had a new will to my total satisfaction. Time has passed and there are many changes in my life. Possibly I will need a new will and I'll contact him one more time soon.
Posted by Molly | January 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend
I have had the opportunity to work with Patrick and in my experience he is very knowledgeable, diligent, and intelligent. He is very professional in his approach but he is also very pleasant and thoughtful and listens to what his client needs to get the best result.
Posted by Stephan | February 21, 2011
Pat Hand Skillfully Hangled Estate
Patrick just finished representing the Estate of my late wife. He displayed great intelligence creativity and compassion.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sole Practitioner
  • Patrick T. Hand, Attorney At Law
  • 2001 - 2017


  • Fordham University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Catholic University of America
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Szymczak v. Nelms
  • Partial summary judgment granted in favor of Plaintiffs, declaring Defendant's operation of auto repair business violates subdivision's deed of dedication.


  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • The George Washington American Inn of Court
  • President
  • 2001 - 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
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  • Unknown
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish in Washington, D.C
  • 2000
  • The Washington Post
  • "Gratuitous Lawyer Bashing"
  • 1992
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Patrick
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without reservation I endorse this lawyer. Patrick T. Hand is the "go to" lawyer for Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Guardianship in Washington, D.C. I have known Mr. Hand as a colleague for some 30 years and I periodically seek his professional advice in these subject areas. He works hard for his clients and he often goes the "extra mile" to make sure his clients are well served. He enjoys an excellent reputation among fellow attorneys and he possess high ethical standards."
Debt collection Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hand and I have worked on several matters together over the past 15 years. He is extremely conscientious and competent. I can truly say that I wish that all of the attorneys I have worked with during this period had brought the same skill, care and zeal to the table as Mr. Hand has done. He is not only a valued colleague, but a nice person and a good friend."
Criminal defense