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Jamie R. Ryke

Probate Attorney at Southfield, MI

4.9   20 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1997
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jamie

Learn Jamie’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Probate
    I fight for people to get them the assets they believe they are entitled to when family members pass away. Often, people try to steal from people when they are dying. I am the person who can fix that when wrong things happen to you.

    27 years, 1,000 cases


When you don't understand what your attorney is saying to you it is not your fault.  If you want to understand the probate process from start to finish.  Just call me. 

On the other hand if you are in a fight in a probate case then it is even more important that we speak with eachother. 



Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice

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Thav Ryke & Assoc P.C.


4.9 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Cynthia | March 31, 2015
To my surprise
I was surprised when I was able to speak with Attorney Ryke on the phone. I did not have to go through a lot of changes to speak with him, He was very understanding with regards to my situation. Attorney Ryke was willing to give me some very important and much needed information. Thank you again Attorney Ryke. Cynthia
Response from Jamie Ryke May 15, 2015
Cynthia, thank you for the compliment.
Posted by Mark | September 28, 2012
As a resident of California needing a Probate Attorney in Michigan, the task can be difficult due to the distance. I generally prefer a face to face personal interview prior to retaining a counselor but felt that a telephone interview would work in this case. I contacted Jamie via the Internet and had a returned phone call within 12 hours. A very good first indicator. I spoke with Jamie about my family situation, and he was not only professional and understanding in this emotional time, but very aware of the specific process necessary to obtain the result I was looking for. There was none of the "I'll need to research it". When I hear this from an attorney, I have an individual that is clearly not experienced in the area where I require legal counsel, or have found an individual who is looking to obtain more billable hours. Neither were the case in this instance. Due to the nature of probate, court room experience is mandatory. Jamie had that experience and on a regular basis. A retainer was given with a credit card and I received what I believe to be a high sense of urgency to resolve my case. Ultimately, all information that I required was obtain in exactly one week. I was promptly refunded the excess of the retainer. If you need a Probate Attorney in Michigan, I give Jame Ryke & his staff my highest recommendations.
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Posted by Greg | February 14, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable about the Law. Stands Up for Client.
Jamie represented my wife in a probate case and was successful with representation first time in court. Jamie did his research, knew the law and judicial procedures. He stood up for my wife when she needed legal support.
Posted by Sabrena | January 16, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
Thank you so much for helping me today with information that I needed I really appreciate it.
Posted by Julie | October 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Professionalism and Care
Consultation with Mr. Ryke changed the course of my case entirely in a manner that improved my quality of life during a very difficult time, and ultimately led to the appropriate outcome in accordance with the law and doing the right thing for family members ethically and equitably. His firm treated me like gold for which I could not be more grateful.
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Posted by Pam | May 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in Michigan
Jamie Ryke’s a samurai and a pit bull. He’s not only fast and quick to get the job done but is an extremely smart negotiator and loves to WIN! I not only feel safe with Jamie, but confident in knowing I’m on the right side, the winning side with Jamie Ryke.
Posted by Teresa | September 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Jamie Ryke handled a case for me quite some time ago. He was efficient and caring as we navigated through a complex case. Will definitely be calling his firm in the future as needed for Wills and when Probate issues arise.
Posted by Jeff P | August 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I needed help with a probate case, and found Jamie Rykes firm online and contacted Jamie regarding my case.  Jamie was very optimistic after hearing my concerns and at that time I retained his law firm.  Jamie's associate Jason D, who's very familiar with probate law took our case and was extremely optimistic as well. Both Jamie and Jason were very helpful and clear during the process on what was happening and what could happen in our case.  In the end Jason won our case.  Thank you both for your expertise and care that you offered.  YES, I would reccomend  for any estate advice.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pleasure to work with
I just want to say what a pleasure it was working with Jamie and Andrew. They really put me first. I was fighting with my family and they protected me.
Posted by Brian | April 22, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Preparing for battle with confidence
Even though I have not retained Jamie as of yet, I soon will be, I found him on the internet and contacted his firm. I received a very prompt and confident Email very quickly. I then telephoned his office and Jamie answered on the 2nd. ring, he appeared to be very honest and sympathetic to my situation at hand, even amidst the Covid 19 pandemic, he promptly assisted me. Looking forward to having him as my legal Gladiator. Truly, Brian R. Gawne. Osteen, FL.
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Response from Jamie Ryke May 11, 2020
I really appreciate the comment and look forward to helping you if you need.
Posted by Kathy | December 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Fighter for Justice
Mr. Jamie Ryke and his team has done more for me and my late father in 2 weeks, than my previous passive attorney had done in over a year. He was ready and willing to jump into my case even it being late in the game. I wish he would have been placed on my path in 2015 when all this hell first started, my father would have been alive to see Jamie Ryke fight for us. Jamie Ryke and his team are experienced, knowledgeable, and attentive. Jamie is fearless, a real fighter for justice.
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Response from Jamie Ryke December 5, 2019
Kathy, thank you for your kind words. Hopefully we can get this job done!
Posted by Kate | August 3, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable and Efficient
I consulted with Jamie Ryke regarding a situation in which I didn't have all the facts I needed, and I couldn't tell who was not telling the truth in the matter. Mr. Ryke was patient in answering all my questions, and knew the answers right away. It is clear that he is very experienced. He constructed strategies for various scenarios. He telephoned me three times to consult about the situation. I have high standards, and he met them. I would not hesitate to hire him or to recommend him to others.
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Posted by Richard | December 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Five stars!
Without a doubt, this lawyer appeared in court for me while I was living in Miami. At the last minute, I called him the night before I was to appear; and the next morning he was there at the Detroit Probate hearing @ 8:00 am sharp! The rest is history. On only a word of honor, Jamie Ryke handled my case from beginning to end. His style is quick and to the point. His staff is also "outstanding." Believe me, I couldn't have found a better attorney had I scanned thru each and every web site. For lack of better words; a gentleman and a scholar.
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney! Highly recommend!
Got my family through the complicated and overwhelming court system. He took care of everything and I always felt well informed. He was quick to respond if I called or had any questions.
Posted by Andrew | July 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate Issues
Mr. Ryke did an excellent job with probating my mothers' estate. His negotiating skills and advice made it very easy for me to make the best decision for my benefit.
Posted by Ingrida | May 19, 2015
Great help
Jamie answered all my questions I needed to know. He was very helpful and clear with me what could happen in my case. Thank you for your help!
Posted by Evelyn | May 15, 2015
Peace of mind
When needing the services of an estate lawyer, Jamie responded promptly. He was very informative as to the process and duration of same. He and his firm worked efficiently to settle my claim.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2015
Jamie helped me get what's rightfully mine. He explained the legal process to me and the out come was great. I highly recommend him for any estate needs. I will be referring friends and family members to him. Thank you Jamie for all you help!!!!
Response from Jamie Ryke May 15, 2015
Thank you very much!
Posted by Ivan | May 15, 2015
Got me what I deserved
I was in a terrible situation after the attorney that I had hired quit the day before a mediation was scheduled. It was hard for me to believe I would be able to find any other attorney to pick up the case in a day. Mr Ryke was able to review all the material and appear on my behalf. He fought for me in a way I would only expect a family member to and most importantly he prevailed. I recommend Mr Ryke if you have any legal problem.
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Response from Jamie Ryke May 15, 2015
Ivan, it was my pleasure!
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2014
Beware! Hiring this lawyer was a huge mistake.
I spoke to Jamie at length and then gave him a retainer. After that I could not get him on the phone. I spoke to his assistant, who lacked the knowledge I needed for my case. They were very unresponsive to my emails and eventually I had to go to the courts myself to get an update. Then I was charged excessively for unreplied emails and meetings that never happened. No one in the office seemed like they had done probate before and could not answer any of my questions. It was always..."I'll have to ask Jamie." And he never called back. I am extremely disappointed and feel like they were a complete waste. I finally found out that his niche was bankruptcy...not probate. Do not use this firm....they are not worth your time or money. Beware!
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Response from Jamie Ryke February 27, 2015
It is so interesting that this person did not even leave a name. It is unfortunate but this website will not allow me to delete this material even though it is not verified. If you hire me to handle a probate case, I will fight for you like you always imagined an attorney is supposed to. I don't let people hide.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Thav Ryke and Assoc
  • 1998 - 2017


  • St. Thomas University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Helen Lentovich v Deborah Ayotte
  • Trial victory


  • Wayne County Probate Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Wayne County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Michigan Top Lawyer
  • 2015


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Speaking Engagements

  • How to probate an estate
  • Probate
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (3)
Endorse Jamie
Probate Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jamie is an extremely knowledgeable and dedicated attorney. He is a pleasure to work with and a great mentor. He fights for his clients as if he was fighting for himself."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jamie is very professional, knowledgeable and cares greatly about his clients"
Probate Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Jamie Ryke is one of the premier probate attorneys in the state of Michigan. His combination of skill, experience, and expertise makes him a force to be reckoned with in any contested matter. I highly recommend him."
Probate Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this attorney without reservation. Mr. Ryke is extremely energetic, hard-working, and firmly determined to reach the best possible outcomes for his clients. He never turns away a challenge and is always eager to explore new methods and strategies when necessary. It seems his natural impulse to confidently approach every obstacle as though victory is all but assured and the inevitable struggle is merely a formality. This trait is particularly useful in seemingly dire situations and comes more naturally to him than most others in the field. Most attorneys are very busy and, while he's no exception, he somehow manages to be readily available for clients and handles each case with such devotion that many would think they were his only client. Those who've had lengthy or complicated legal matters know how valuable that is. Those who haven’t owe it to themselves to take my word for it. Mr. Ryke is diligent and aggressive for his clients, yet fair and compassionate toward them."
Probate Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jamie Ryke is one of the finest Probate attorneys in the State of Michigan. Jamie Ryke is highly skilled, intelligent, detail oriented, professional, and hard-working. Jamie Ryke is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and achieves excellent results. Jamie Ryke is an experienced probate lawyer who will fight for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent, professional and smart. Highly recommended."
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