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Dennis Pearce Kelly is a native of Michigan, where he was raised and educated. He attended Kalamazoo College (majoring in Zoology) and the University of Michigan Law School, receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 1968.


Dennis then served then four years as an officer in the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. His active duty included service as prosecutor, defense lawyer, and ultimately as a Military Judge for Courts-Martial.


A Golden State resident for many years, Dennis' first law office was in San Marcos, California. He now maintains his offices at Lake San Marcos.


His children are grown. He and Elizabeth boast of hobbies as diverse as bird watching and ballroom dancing. They are very active in their Church (being Anglicans), where Dennis is an ordained Anglican Priest.


Attorney Kelly has developed a reputation for his expertise in the areas of Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning. He has spoken frequently at public meetings on these subjects.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Probate: 50%



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Payment types:

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    Mr. Kelly is a stellar Probate and Estate Planning attorney. He is professional and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend him for all of your probate and/or estate planning needs.


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Contact info

Village Law Center

1132 San Marino Dr # 201
San Marcos, CA, 92078-4649


MINot authorized to practice-Administrative196811/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Award of MeritBar Association of Northern San Diego County1985
Freedom Award CitationNation Association for the Advancement of Colored People1973
Navy Commendation MedalU. S. Navy1971
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
InstructorPalomar College1973 - 1974
Deputy Judge AdvocateU. S. Navy1969 - 1972
Legal Document TranslatorBerlitz School of Languages1968 - 1969
N/AMichigan Civil Rights Commission1968 - 1969
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of North San Diego County, Elder Law SectionMember1993 - 1997
Lawyer Referral Service of the North San Diego County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1990 - 1997
Christian Legal SocietyN/A1987 - Present
Bar Association of North San Diego CountyMember1985 - Present
Bar Association of North San Diego County, Arbitration CommitteeChairman1982 - 1985
State Bar of CaliforniaActive Member1972 - Present
State Bar of MichiganInactive Member1968 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
USS KittyhawkConvictions
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Publication nameTitleDate
Escondido MagazineBe Prepared in Case of Injury or Death1986
The Meadows MessengerWhat if One of us Gets Sick1986
Agriculture MagazineWhere There's a Will (&Testament) There's a Way1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Kalamazoo CollegeN/AOther - BachelorsN/A