Alan C. MacLean

Alan C. MacLean

Legal Assistant: Lisa Kaulback

Alan MacLean is a key member of Patterson Law`s estate planning team as well as a former managing partner of our Truro Office. He has been practicing law for over 25 years with his focus on probate, estate planning and family law. Alan`s involvement in the law profession and his professional experience resonate his superb legal expertise. He has extensive experience in all areas of estate work, lectured on family and estate law, and conducted Professional Retirement Seminars.

Alan is a Martindale-Hubbel AV® Preeminent™ rated lawyer, receiving the highest ranking possible from his peers and his clients. He was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2018 in the field of Trusts and Estates.


  • Honorary "Associate" Designation AST 2007
  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 1980
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1979)
  • M.Div. (Atlantic School of Theology, 1972)
  • B.A. (Mount Allison University, 1969) 
  • Handled numerous complex family law matters, including custody issues, settlement formulation and negotiation and complicated division of assets
  • Appeared before Family Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Municipal Planning Appeal Board, Expropriations Appeal Board, Assessment Appeal Board and Public Utilities Board
  • Significant experience in all aspects of estate work
  • Counsel to the United Church of Canada (Maritime Conference)since 1997
  • Vice Chair (1999-2001), Chair of the Board of Governors for Atlantic School of Theology (2002-2005)
  • Chair of the Atlantic School of Theology Accreditation Committee (2006 - 2009)
  • Former Member of the Atlantic School of Theology Long Range Planning Committee
  • Atlantic School of Theology - Awarded status of Associate, Convocation 2007
  • Former Chair of the Colchester Community Workshops Foundation and Liaison to Colchester Community Workshop Board
  • Chair of Board of Trustees; Former Member of Ministry and Personnel Committee, Christian Education Committee and Board of Stewards of First United Church, Truro
  • Member of the National Committee on the Manual United Church of Canada (2001-2009)
  • Member of Research Ethics Committee for the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (2000 - continuing)
  • Member of Research Ethics Committee for the Nova Scotia Community College (2004 - continuing)
  • Active as board member or counsel to various Truro charitable organizations including Truro Head Start School Society, Victorian Order of Nurses and FutureWorx 
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Former Secretary to the CBA Elder Law Section Nova Scotia
  • Former Elected Member at Large for the National Elder Law Section 
  • Family Law and Estate Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Professional Retirement Seminars (Nova Scotia Government, Teacher`s Pension Commission)

Qualifications

  • Honorary "Associate" Designation AST 2007
  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 1980
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1979)
  • M.Div. (Atlantic School of Theology, 1972)
  • B.A. (Mount Allison University, 1969) 

Experience

  • Handled numerous complex family law matters, including custody issues, settlement formulation and negotiation and complicated division of assets
  • Appeared before Family Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Municipal Planning Appeal Board, Expropriations Appeal Board, Assessment Appeal Board and Public Utilities Board
  • Significant experience in all aspects of estate work
  • Counsel to the United Church of Canada (Maritime Conference)since 1997
  • Vice Chair (1999-2001), Chair of the Board of Governors for Atlantic School of Theology (2002-2005)
  • Chair of the Atlantic School of Theology Accreditation Committee (2006 - 2009)
  • Former Member of the Atlantic School of Theology Long Range Planning Committee
  • Atlantic School of Theology - Awarded status of Associate, Convocation 2007
  • Former Chair of the Colchester Community Workshops Foundation and Liaison to Colchester Community Workshop Board
  • Chair of Board of Trustees; Former Member of Ministry and Personnel Committee, Christian Education Committee and Board of Stewards of First United Church, Truro
  • Member of the National Committee on the Manual United Church of Canada (2001-2009)
  • Member of Research Ethics Committee for the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (2000 - continuing)
  • Member of Research Ethics Committee for the Nova Scotia Community College (2004 - continuing)
  • Active as board member or counsel to various Truro charitable organizations including Truro Head Start School Society, Victorian Order of Nurses and FutureWorx 

Activities & Affiliations

  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Former Secretary to the CBA Elder Law Section Nova Scotia
  • Former Elected Member at Large for the National Elder Law Section 

Publications & Presentations

  • Family Law and Estate Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Professional Retirement Seminars (Nova Scotia Government, Teacher`s Pension Commission)