Dean grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Iowa City, passed the Certified Public Accountant exam, and focuses on pre-death estate planning and post-death trust/estate administration. His practice includes (i) establishing revocable (living) trusts to avoid probate and facilitate privacy, (ii) creating wills, trusts and retirement-account beneficiary designations with customized provisions to accomplish family-specific goals, such as delaying inheritances for immature beneficiaries, (iii) implementing powers of attorney for finances and for healthcare/medical directives (living wills), and (iv) administering probate estates and trusts and filing the necessary tax returns.

Practice Areas:

  • Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate Law
  • Real Estate
  • Business Law

Date and Place of Admission to State Bar:

  • 1993, Iowa


  • B.B.A., University of Iowa, (finance), 1981
  • M.A., University of Iowa, (accounting), 1983
  • J.D., University of Iowa, 1993 (with high distinction)

Memberships in Bar and Professional Associations:

  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Probate Property and Trust Law Section
    • Real Estate and Title Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel

Memberships in Community Associations:

  • Iowa City Hospice
    • Board of Directors, Treasurer
  • Iowa City A.M. Rotary
    • Past Board of Directors
  • Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Past Chair, Local Government Affairs Committee
    • Community Leadership Program Graduate
  • Parkview Evangelical Free Church
    • Corporate Secretary
    • Legal Advisor to the Board
    • Past Member Flood Task Force
    • Past Elder/Director
    • Past Member Bylaws Committee
    • Past Building Committee Secretary
    • Past Adult Sunday School Teacher
    • Past Personnel Committee Chair
  • Lutheran Family Service
    • Past Board Member
  • Senior Center, Inc.
    • Past Member Accreditation Task Force
  • Iowa City Community School District Foundation
    • Past Board Secretary
  • Heritage Area Agency on Aging
    • Past Board Member and Seminar Presenter
  • Boy Scouts
    • Past Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 211