Helping clients plan for their family's future, by creating an efficient, thoughtful and comprehensive estate plan that preserves their legacy and gives them peace of mind.


About Law Offices of Dean Hanewinckel, P.A.

Southwest Florida Estate Planning Law Firm

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Dean Hanewinckel wrote the book on Florida Residency.   The Official Snowbird’s Guide To Becoming A Florida Resident is the Number 1 authority on becoming a Florida resident and is available at  

Dean has been serving his clients’ estate planning, real estate law and business law needs since 1984. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1981, and his Juris Doctor degree in 1984, both from the University of Florida.

In addition to the Official Snowbird’s Guide, Dean is the author of Manifest Your Legacy, a Complete Guide to Making a Positive Impact on Your Family and Community for Generations to Come,  and the guide, Estate Planning in Florida – A Concise and Complete Guide to Peace of Mind, also available at And he has written the E-Book, What To Do When A Loved One Dies – A Survivor’s Guide, as well as dozens of articles on estate planning, probate, real estate, business and legacy issues.

Dean has served his community as a past president of the Englewood-Cape Haze Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Englewood Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club and director of the Englewood Board for Big Brothers –Big Sisters.  He has coached AAU basketball and served as the PA announcer for the Venice High School Lady Indians basketball team.

Dean Hanewinckel was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently lives in Nokomis, Florida with his wife, Nancy.  He has children studying at the University of Virginia Law School, the University of Florida (2), and Tulane University. 


I have the opportunity to help others change peoples lives:

  • The parent or grandparent who provides a future for his or her family.
  • the student who is able to afford to go to school and, as a result, pursue her dreams, all because of the compassion and generosity of one of my clients.
  • The family member who provides for his or her loved one who has special needs.
  • The people who benefit from the causes and organizations which are so selflessly supported by many of my clients.

I wake up every morning grateful for the small role I get to play in setting up and administering gifts and estate plans that truly have a positive impact in the world.

I get to work with others to make the world a better place.