Lawyer, mediator, and commercial arbitrator in real estate, wills and trusts, business, and probate.Wills,Trusts and their tax implications. Probate and how to avoid it. Will contests and Trusts.
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.
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Lauren Mullee, Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
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!
Michael Kelly, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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!
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1986||02/11/2017|
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|People's Choice Award||Northville Community||2006|
|Senior Attorney||Kelly & Kelly PC||1988 - Present|
|Mediator||Kelly & Kelly PC||2015 - 2015|
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|American Arbitration Association||Arbitrator-neutral||2013 - Present|
|Northville Rotary||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Michigan Residential Builder||N/A||2006 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan||Probate Section and Business Law Sections of the State Bar||1986 - Present|
|State Bar of California||N/A||1986 - Present|
|Realtor Negligence in Short Sale||Award against realtor|
|Michigan Slayer Statute||Recovered property for heir|
|Will Contest||Will set aside|
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|Institute of Continuing Legal Education||Mediation||General Civil Mediator Training||2014|
|University of Detroit Mercy||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|Michigan State University||Accounting||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|Elder Law & Disability Rights Section, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee||"Who Should You Trust?"||2014|