Law Office of Dean E. Patrick , PLLC

Meet The Team

Based on 109 reviews.
Diane Binch
Diane Binch
2022-02-16
My husband and I had a very unique situation in addition to neither of us ever having experienced going through a probate process and Dean Patrick and Michael Franklin spent time explaining the process and patiently answered all our questions. They never hesitated to clarify issues that arose. We both agree that this firm exceeded our expectations. They are very knowledgeable and professional. Our experience reflects the glowing reviews we read about their services prior to retaining them and felt we were charged fairly for the services rendered. We highly recommend hiring them.
walter kowalkowski
walter kowalkowski
2022-02-11
Mr Patrick knows his stuff! He was thorough and efficient and showed kindness and patience with my elderly mother as she worked through her estate planning. Can’t really say enough!
Linda Balakian
Linda Balakian
2022-02-11
Dean helped us with our fathers will,which may as well been another language, but he was always there to help us. It was just like he was part of the family.
Chris Alman
Chris Alman
2022-01-25
Would like to thank Mike Franklin for his professionalism. Would highly recommend for anyone to call this office during a time of grief if you are looking for someone that is sincere.
Steve Martin
Steve Martin
2022-01-18
Dean went over and above his duties to help me and my siblings, he was compassionate and helpful during these troubled times. I would highly recommend dean ! Thanks again Sir!!
April Martin
April Martin
2022-01-18
Thank goodness for Dean!!! Our Mother’s probate was messy and overwhelming. Curve balls at every turn. Not only did Dean diffuse every fire, but he did it with sincere compassion knowing the pain we were experiencing. We are so very grateful to have had him in our corner.
Bobbie Steele
Bobbie Steele
2021-12-23
I will recommend this agency to anyone Mr.Franklin was very excellent in the knowledge and very patient he knew the job took the time to explain everything .one step at a time and we really appreciated it. Thanks for your service
Joshua Castmore
Joshua Castmore
2021-12-21
I refer any and all probate cases to Law Office of Dean Patrick. In my opinion, they are the best probate law firm in Michigan.

Dean Patrick
Managing Partner/Senior Attorney

Mr. Patrick is a licensed Michigan lawyer with a focus in probate law. He has the legal counseling skills, experience, and dedication that your legal matter deserves. Whether you are looking for a probate attorney, an estate attorney or need legal advice when dealing with these emotional issues, trust our office to guide you through the process and deliver results.

Mr. Patrick’s specialized knowledge of estate planning and probate law topics set him apart from general practitioners. Prior to opening his own practice, Mr. Patrick clerked for a seasoned elder law/estate planning firm. Since establishing his own probate and estate law practice, Mr. Patrick has personally counseled hundreds of individuals in legal matters and has educated thousands throughout Michigan as an estate planning speaker and author.

In order to provide the most current state of the law to his clients, Mr. Patrick enrolls in a variety of continuing legal education courses. As such, Mr. Patrick has been recognized and awarded a certificate in the areas of estate planning and probate. When you are in need of a dedicated probate litigation lawyer or an estate lawyer, contact the Law Office of Dean E. Patrick, PLLC and rest assured that your legal issues will be handled professionally and completely. The Law Office of Dean E. Patrick, PLLC serves southeast Michigan in traffic, estate planning, and estate administration matters – call now at (248) 663-2566 today for your free consultation!

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Education

  • J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 2004

  • B.S., Central Michigan University, 1998

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Michigan, 2004

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2012

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Litigation Section of the Michigan State Bar

  • Probate & Estate Planning Section of the Michigan State Bar

  • Elder Law & Disability Rights Section of the Michigan State Bar

  • Health Care Law Section of the Michigan State Bar

  • Wayne County Probate Bar Association

  • Michigan State Bar

Memberships

  • Brain Injury Litigation Network

  • Alzheimer’s Association

Richard Baker
Associate Attorney

Richard joins Patrick & Associates with ten years of experience practicing probate law including litigation
and contested hearings. He administers both estates and trusts as well as guardianships and
conservatorships in counties across Michigan. He also provides estate planning and trust formation for
Patrick & Associates.
Prior to being admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2012, he interned for the Wayne County
Prosecutor’s Office gaining invaluable courtroom experience as a result.
Education
J.D. Thomas Cooley Law School 2012
B.A. University of Michigan-Dearborn 2009
Richard is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Air Force.

Jason Dandy
Litigation Director/Senior Attorney

As the director of our litigation department, I handle our most contentious litigated cases and assist other members of our team with litigation in the cases assigned to them. I also handle cases involving complex trusts and estates, and cases with complicated legal issues.

Practice Areas
Probate Litigation
Probate Administration
Appeals

What I do at Patrick Legal
As the director of our litigation department, I handle our most contentious litigated cases and assist other members of our team with litigation in the cases assigned to them. I also handle cases involving complex trusts and estates, and cases with complicated legal issues.

Education
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law – Juris Doctor
President of Student Bar Association
Member of Law Review published in the Law review
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor – Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies
Yonsei University – Seoul, South Korea as part of degree program

Memberships
State Bar of Michigan (2006 – Present)
United States District Court – Eastern District of Michigan

Achievements
Secured millions of dollars for clients, with a $1.4 million judgment after trial being the one I am proudest of to date
Successfully argued before the Court of Appeals
Numerous successful written appeals before the Court of Appeals
Published author both of legal/academic writings and of fiction
Who I Am
Outside of work, I most enjoy spending time with my son, my step-son, my wife, and our dog and cat. I am a member of the Animal Law Section and a member of the LGBTQA Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, as I believe that how we treat the most vulnerable among us defines our character. Having a two year-old and a puppy (as of late 2021) leaves very little time outside of work and family, but I still manage to make time for small gatherings with friends.

Kara Krajci
Super Paralegal

I LOVE staying active, usually you can find me in my garage gym or hanging out with family or friends. I enjoy golfing, reading, traveling, lake days, camping, and hiking. My favorite hiking trip was to Asheville, North Carolina. 

What I do at Patrick Legal
I provide support to the attorneys using my considerable multitasking skills and customer service experience. I assist clients by providing regular contact and updates. I also maintain the case/client calendar and deadlines and draft applications and letters.

Education
Oakland Community College – Paralegal Post Baccalaureate Professional Certificate
Magma Cum Laude
Walsh College – Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing

Who I am
I LOVE staying active, usually you can find me in my garage gym or hanging out with family or friends. I enjoy golfing, reading, traveling, lake days, camping, and hiking. My favorite hiking trip was to Asheville, North Carolina. For five years, I had the most wonderful experience as a nanny for a family who encouraged me to follow my dreams, one of which was to become a paralegal. Family means a lot to me, so it only seemed fitting to join a firm who helped families in need.

Eric Ruth
Associate Attorney

Eric has an extensive background as a litigator and has been securing favorable results for clients since 2016. He brings many years of experience to the team and is well-versed in a variety of areas of the law, particularly probate litigation.

More Info

Practice Areas:

Probate Litigation

Guardianship/Conservator Litigation

Probate Administration

General Civil Litigation

What I do at Patrick Legal

As a member of our litigation department with Jason, we litigate the most contentious and contested cases. I also handle guardianship and general civil litigation.

Education

University of Western Michigan, Cooley Law School – Juris Doctor

Old Dominion University, Virginia – Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History

Memberships

State Bar of Michigan (2016 – Present)

United States District Court – Eastern District of Michigan

Who I Am

Eric served honorably in the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of various campaigns in the Global War on Terror. In his free time, Eric enjoys writing, baseball, golf, and spending time outdoors with his wife and young son.