“Practicing for the elderly, often times results in me feeling a great deal of gratitude and very positive experience from helping my elderly clients through some difficult times.”

Dean Horrigan operated a grass cutting business from the time he was about 13 years old through the first few months of practicing law. Most of his customers were elderly and he vividly remembered their generosity, kindness and bits of wisdom. He said he realized then that there is truly something special about all that the older adult community has to offer.

“Regardless of how perhaps diminished they may be in their capacity, they still have something to offer through their wealth of experience through life. It’s critical that we remember this when serving our elderly community and show them the dignity and respect that they have earned through their lives.”

Since 1997, Dean Horrigan has been a sole practitioner concentrating on elder law. Dean’s areas of legal practice include: Estate and Trust planning and administration, Advance Directives, Guardianships, Medicaid eligibility for the elderly, defending the elderly from financial exploitation and abuse, Will and Trust contests, and serving as a neutral Administrator in disputed estates.

“Practicing for the elderly, often times results in me feeling a great deal of gratitude and very positive experience from helping my elderly clients through some difficult times.”

In an effort to expand his services to the elderly community in Northwest Ohio, Dean recently established Elder Advocates & Estates, LLC. Elder Advocates & Estates, LLC will soon be operating out of a new location in uptown Maumee. To increase his ability to represent the elderly, Dean will be adding additional attorneys to his practice who have like-minded goals of serving the elderly and their loved ones.

Dean is the Chairman of the Advocacy Committee for the Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE). When he is working on COPE matters or helping COPE members assist their clients, he is serving pro bono, always willing to help. Frequently giving advice to elderly clients without charging a fee, Dean has served as guardian and/or the attorney for a guardian on numerous occasions where the client did not have the funds to pay for his services.

Dean Horrigan is a recipient of the Community Service Award from the Area Office on Aging in recognition of his service and commitment to senior citizens and the field of elder law.

Dean graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.A. in Accounting in 1988 and obtained his law degree from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 1992. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Dean is a member of the Toledo Bar Association where he formerly served as Chairman for the Toledo Bar Association’s Probate/Elder Law Committee. Dean is also a member of the Northwest Ohio Gerentological Association and Senior Collaborative. Dean’s additional past memberships and affiliations in his efforts to serve the elderly community include: the Board of Directors for the Advance Care Planning Coalition of Greater Toledo, the Advisory Council for Lutheran Social Services Volunteer Guardianship Program, the Board of Directors for the Northwest Ohio Gerentological Association, and memberships with the Toledo Estate Planning Council and Parish Council for St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Parish.

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