Patricia Dudek - Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek & Associates

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Patricia Dudek

Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek & Associates

30445 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 250

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

248-254-3462

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  • Wills and Probate
  • Civil Litigation
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My practice includes advising and preparing estate planning documents, including special needs trusts; representation in Medicaid hearings to secure appropriate services, administration of estates, trusts, guardianship, conservatorship, and other protective arrangements, and contested litigation in these areas. I am a 1992 graduate of the Detroit College of Law, a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association and Past Chair of the Elder Law and Advocacy Section of the State Bar. As an advocate for persons with disabilities, I am an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Additionally I volunteer as a member of the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Metropolitan Detroit. As an outspoken advocate, I often provide written and oral testimony on legal and public policy issues pertaining to my clientele. I am also an active member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. I am a prolific writer and lecturer on topics related to Medicaid, alternatives to guardianship and estate planning for people with disabilities, elders and their right to control their support services. I was the author of the model contracts for Michigan’s Self Determination Initiative. These contracts facilitate control over Medicaid service budgets, and allows for creative solutions for housing and supports. Another creative solution used by me on behalf of my clients is the use of a Pooled Accounts Trust for Medicaid planning. I was the first attorney in Michigan to draft one of these trusts and to secure approval for Medicaid by both the Social Security Administration and the State of Michigan. I advise on the administration of special need trusts in creating public/private solutions for the support service and housing needs of elders and people with disabilities. 
  
In 2005, I was presented with the Powley Elder Law Award by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).  This is given to a member who has demonstrated a commitment to promote, in the minds of the general public, a greater understanding of the rights and needs of the elderly and how elder law attorneys advocate for those rights.  In April 2009, I was bestowed the highest honor by being named an NAELA Fellow, a designation for those who concentrate practice in the field of Elder Law and meet strict criteria.  Only 76 attorneys hold this title throughout the United States.  In 2010 I was made a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP) within NAELA.  This membership is available only to preeminent elder law attorneys who have made substantial contributions to elder or special needs law.  Requirements include being an NAELA member for a minimum of 10 years, AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and either an NAELA Fellow or Certified Elder Law Attorney.  I was appointed to the Board of Directors of NAELA for 2012-2013.

Professional
 
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Law School: Michigan State University
Admitted to Bar: 1992
Practice Areas: Personal > Elder law
Personal > Civil Litigation
Personal > Wills and Probate
Organizations: Academy of Special Needs Planners (Advisory Board Member), National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Elder Law Answers, United Cerebral Palsy.org (Board member), American Bar Association, Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan (Elder Law and Disability Rights Section), The Arc Michigan (Government Affairs Committee), United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit (Board of Directors Member and Chair of Governmental Relations Committee)
   
Personal
 
Gender: Female
Status: Single
Children: 2 Children
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City of Residence: Bloomfield Hills
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Home State: MI
   
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My Interests Technology, great books, movies, music, golf, great wine and food, travel, Michigan State University sports
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Favorite Books: All Harry Potter books, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind, Brave New World, Little Women, The World According to Garp, Pride and Prejudice, Much Ado about Nothing, The Secret Lives of Bees
Favorite Movies: Casablanca, The Princess Bride, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind, Harry Potter films, The Sure Thing, The Deer Hunter, Quadraphenia, Psycho, Key Largo, Finding Neverland
Favorite Music: The Beatles, The Who, U2, Marshall Crenshaw, The Boss, Yaz, The Clash, The Police, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Talking Heads
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Families who have a loved one with a disability have unique financial and estate planning needs. Parents are concerned about who will look after their child with a disability if they, themselves, become disabled. Fortunately, families are learning that trusts exist which can provide for the needs of a loved one while preserving eligibility for various governmental benefits and services.
Posted by Patricia Dudek on 9.9.09 in Probate.

Usually securing public benefits and/or maintaining them is an essential duty of a Trustee with a special needs trust. However, sometimes the beneficiary may be ineligible for benefits. In these cases, the Trustee should keep track of what is happening to determine when and if benefits should be pursued again. In the meantime, the trust continues as a spendthrift discretionary trust, and can be administered as such without concern for the eligibility requirements for the various public benefit programs.
Posted by Patricia Dudek on 9.9.09 in Articles.

SSDI is an income benefit paid by the SSA to a disabled worker who qualifies for benefits. The authors provide a practical and easy to follow set of steps to the appeal of SSDI denials, resolution of overpayment issues, and the practical coordination with other public and private benefits. Patti Dudek and Sanford Mall provided this presentation on this comprehensive subject at the NAELA Special Needs Program in May 2009.
Posted by Patricia Dudek on 9.9.09 in Articles.

The number of individuals in this country with disabilities has grown significantly in the past decade. Advances in medical treatment and technology have led to increased survival rates and longer life expectancies. Future planning is important in order to secure essential services and financial resources for persons with disabilities, especially after the death of their parents. (This article also addresses issues related to eligibility for public benefits.)
Posted by Patricia Dudek on 9.9.09 in Articles.

This presentation was on behalf of NAELA and reviewed the complex relationships an attorney and/or trustee may have in drafting or administering a trust. There is a loyalty due to the Grantor or Settlor of the trust, as well as a level of responsibility to the beneficiaries.
Posted by Patricia Dudek on 9.9.09 in Probate.

This presentation was on behalf of NAELA and was held at the Advanced Elder Law Institute held in Kansas City. I was honored to be the last speaker at the Law Student Day (a free one-day event for all law students to participate in at the NAELA Institute and learn about Elder Law.)
Posted by Patricia Dudek on 9.10.09 in Probate.

Clearly, advocacy is still needed to improve the quality of life for folks with disabilities. This article outlines pressing issues and provides resources to use to incorporate these areas into your practice.
Posted by Patricia Dudek on 7.13.10 in Law Practice - Law Practice.

Patricia Dudek has received several honors recently for her dedication as an attorney for seniors and people with disabilities.
Posted by Patricia Dudek on 10.18.11 in PR Web.

Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) for 2012-2013. NAELA is a professional association of over 4,200 attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. NAELA members assist their clients with public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning, among other important issues.
Posted by Patricia Dudek on 4.17.12 in Press Release.

Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) for 2012-2013. NAELA is a professional association of over 4,200 attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. NAELA members assist their clients with public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning, among other important issues.
Posted by Patricia Dudek on 4.17.12 in Press Release.


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