History of the Law Firm
In 1953, A. Dean Betts, Esquire and Howard T. Ennis, Jr., Esquire opened the law office of Ennis & Betts at 15 South Race Street, Georgetown, Delaware. Mr. Ennis left the firm in 1967. Thereafter, Mr. Betts was joined in the practice by William Swain ("Bill") Lee, Esquire in 1969, forming the law firm of Betts & Lee.
Dean and Bill became formidable players in local politics during their years together, Dean in the Democratic Party and Bill in the Republican. In 1977, Bill was appointed to the bench of Family Court by then Governor Pierre S. DuPont. Upon Judge Lee's investiture, the law firm became known as Betts & Schrader upon elevating Dennis L. Schrader, Esquire to partner. Mr. Schrader left the firm in 1982. In 1988 Mr. Betts was joined by his daughter, Rosemary Betts Beauregard, Esquire and the firm became know as Betts & Beauregard, P.A. Dean Jr. joined the firm in February 1997, and Ms. Betts Beauregard was appointed to the bench of the Court of Commons Pleas in 1999. The firm then became know as Betts & Betts, P.A. with Dean Jr. as its new President.
Dean Sr. passed away on January 9, 2003. In January of 2009, the firm became known as The Betts Law Firm.
Dean Betts - Attorney Profile
A. Dean Betts, Jr., Esquire was born and raised in Seaford, Delaware, the youngest of six children of A. Dean and Rosemary C. Betts. Mr. Betts graduated from Seaford Senior High school in 1983 and attended college at Virginia Tech earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987. Thereafter, Mr. Betts attended the University of Maryland School of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree with honors in the spring of 1990. Mr. Betts was admitted to the Delaware Bar on December 13, 1990 and is also a member of the Maryland Bar, the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the Bar for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
After law school, Mr. Betts served as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of the State of Delaware in and for Sussex County and then became a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware in October 1991. During his first three years in the Attorney General's office, Mr. Betts was assigned to the civil division representing such state agencies as the Department of Public Safety, Department of Agriculture, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, the Gaming Control Board, the Foster Care Review Board, the Council on Real Estate Appraisers, and other state departments, boards and agencies. In 1994, Mr. Betts transferred to the criminal division of the Attorney General's office where he prosecuted in all of the trial Courts of the State of Delaware including the Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas, Family Court, and Justice of the Peace Court and has argued before the Delaware Supreme Court. During this time, Mr. Betts successfully prosecuted all types of criminal cases from first-degree murder to simple traffic offenses.
In 1997, Mr. Betts joined the law firm of Betts & Beauregard, P.A. in Georgetown, Delaware, a firm established by his father and law partner, A. Dean Betts, Esquire, in 1953. Upon the investiture of Mr. Betts' sister, the Honorable Rosemary Betts Beauregard, to the bench of the Court of Common Pleas in 1999, the firm became known as Betts & Betts, P.A. The firm is now called The Betts Law Firm, P.A.
Mr. Betts resides in Lewes, Delaware, with his wife, April Collins Betts, Esquire, and their two daughters, Madeline Jo and Abigail Rose Betts.
Mr. Betts concentrates his practice in the areas of family and domestic law, wills, estates and trusts, estate administration, and guardianships.