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John P. Kelly

About me

As a CPA and an attorney I have unique experience in handling legal issues involving estate planning, business, and real estate. My expereince with tax law enables me to work in areas that most find too complex. I handle civil and probate matters primarily in Wayne, Oakland, and Washtenaw Counties but I do have cases in other Courts.


I draft contracts, handle business buy/sells, enjoy estate planning and trust work as well as probate litigation issues involving will contests and trust questions. I  handle civil cases involving real estate and business issues. I am a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association handling cases in the commercial/construction areas. I am a licensed residential builder. 


Examples of legal matters I handle include:  failed short sale cases against realtors, Will Contest against a caregiver who coerced the decedent to give him all her money, removal of a trustee who invaded trust assets for her drug addicted daughter, enforcement of a minor child's claim against his father's estate who had disowned him due to a nasty divorce with the child's mother, an estate's wrongful death claim for murder under the Michigan Slayer Rule.           


I enjoy the practice of law and working with my wife, my daughter and my son who are lawyers in the firm that my wife and I started over 25 years ago. We emphasize regular contact with our clients who we value. We strive to secure clients for life --not for just a single legal matter.



Practice areas


  1. Probate: 20%
  2. Contracts: 20%
  3. Real Estate: 20%
  4. Wills: 15%
  5. Other: 25%
  6. More 



Hourly ($300/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Lauren Frances Mullee

    Mr. Kelly is an exceptional attorney. We were co-counsel together on a complex Civil Litigation/ Probate matter, several years ago. We needed a Probate attorney in Michigan for our clients, and were very fortunate to have found Mr. Kelly. He obtained excellent results for our clients. and was great to work with. I recommend him highly!


    Lauren Mullee Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael B. Kelly

    John's diverse background gives him the edge in handling very complicated matters. In addition to being an attorney licensed in the State of Michigan and the State of California, John is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), an Arbitrator/Neutral with the American Arbitration Association, and a licensed builder in the State of Michigan. I highly endorse this lawyer!


    Michael Kelly Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

422 E Main St
Northville, MI, 48167


MIActive And In Good Standing198608/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
People's Choice AwardNorthville Community2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AttorneyKelly & Kelly PC1988 - Present
MediatorKelly & Kelly PC2015 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Arbitration AssociationArbitrator-neutral2013 - Present
Northville RotaryN/A2008 - Present
Michigan Residential BuilderN/A2006 - Present
State Bar of MichiganProbate Section and Business Law Sections of the State Bar1986 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1986 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Realtor Negligence in Short SaleAward against realtor
Michigan Slayer StatuteRecovered property for heir
Will ContestWill set aside
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Institute of Continuing Legal EducationMediationGeneral Civil Mediator Training2014
University of Detroit MercyLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Michigan State UniversityAccountingBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee"Who Should You Trust?"2014