Patrick C. Emans is a Miami attorney who serves as general counsel to wealthy individuals, their families and their businesses. Mr. Emans focuses his practice on domestic and international estate and tax planning, administration of complex estates and trusts, and trust and estates litigation. He also assists charitable organizations in obtaining and maintaining their tax-exempt status.

Designing Complex Plans for Ultra-High-Net-Worth Families. With an appreciation for family dynamics, Mr. Emans works with ultra-high-net-worth families in designing, creating and executing complex structures to accomplish their wealth preservation, wealth transfer and philanthropic goals.

Domestic Estate Planning. Mr. Emans counsels clients and their advisers on the implementation of sophisticated estate planning techniques designed to increase, maintain and transfer wealth in accordance with the client's intent. As part of this process, Mr. Emans creates estate plans and drafts a wide range of estate and tax planning instruments, including wills, revocable trusts, insurance trusts, dynastic trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, charitable trusts and related instruments.

International Estate Planning. Mr. Emans represents clients living outside the United States, and assists them with pre-immigration planning, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, and family wealth preservation.

Estate and Trust Administrations. Mr. Emans assists fiduciaries in the administration of complex estate and trust matters. With the goal of avoiding litigation, he helps fiduciaries establish policies and procedures for proper estate and trust administration. With respect to litigation from beneficiaries, creditors or co-fiduciaries, Mr. Emans represents fiduciaries in preparing for and responding to potential and actual claims. He also has experience in judicial and nonjudicial modifications and reformations of irrevocable trust provisions as a result of changes in circumstances or tax laws. Additionally, Mr. Emans also represents financial institutions as creditors in estate and trust administrations.

Business Succession Planning. Mr. Emans routinely advises business owners on legal structures, tax issues and business succession planning with a focus on the family relationship issues that will impact the current and long-term viability of the business. He has experience in partnership, limited liability company and S corporation matters and interests in those entities being transferred to a trust or other structure.

Charitable Planning and Organizations. Mr. Emans provides charitable planning advice for donors and charities. He also has experience in representing donors and charitable organizations in the creation of charitable donation agreements. Mr. Emans also assists in the creation and proper administration of private foundations.

Prior to rejoining Holland & Knight, Mr. Emans served as in-house counsel for a large family office in Texas.


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, LL.M.
  • University of Florida, B.S., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Executive Council
  • Attorney/Trust Officer Liaison Conference, Vice Chair
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court, 2008-2009
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers High Net Worth guide, Private Wealth Law: Florida, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Trusts and Estates, 2021-2023
  • Top Up and Comer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2019, 2021
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Florida Fellows Institute, 2015


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