Patrick B. McDermott is a partner with Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. Mr. McDermott was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1977. He joined the firm as a partner in 2021. His practice is focused upon Trusts & Estates, small business, Loan Counsel to local banks, and non-profit organizations.
In drafting documents pertaining to Trusts & Estates, Mr. McDermott has learned to listen carefully to the spoken and unspoken needs of his clients. In blended families, especially, the clients will sometimes use him as a sounding board to express thoughts that they have never been able to express to each other before that moment. Similarly, when determining which of the adult children are best suited to hold a Durable General Power of Attorney, or to be named as an agent in an Advance Medical Directive, clients must be able to express themselves freely in a suitable milieu.
One of the most difficult stages in the life of a family involves decision making when a parent might no longer be able to live independently. Mr. McDermott assists, in sorting out the caregivers from the financially responsible siblings and determining where the parent is to reside.
Small businesses face their own challenges. Whether Mr. McDermott’s client is a cabinet builder, a Thai restaurant, or a technology startup, Mr. McDermott welcomes the opportunity to assist in establishing and maintaining a limited liability company or corporation. Eventually, he can assist with changes in ownership and in succession planning. He is currently the registered agent (a requirement in Virginia) of approximately sixty companies. He also provides independent counsel to local banks making large loans to businesses that are acquiring or refinancing business-related property.
Forming and representing public charities [501 (c) (3)] is one of Mr. McDermott’s most enjoyable areas of practice, and the one that provides the greatest benefit to the Hampton Roads community. Among his clients are many of the best-known non-profits, many of them aiding persons in the fields of aging, mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability.
College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law- Juris Doctor
Montclair State Teachers College-B.A.
Supreme Court of Virginia
United States District Court
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
Virginia Bar Association
Virginia State Bar (Trust & Estates, Business Law)