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Brent Geers specializes in helping people empower those they trust and provide for those they love. Brent has been an attorney since 2012, working with individuals and families to marshal their time, talent, and treasurer for the benefit of their children, family, and community. He is a Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honoree, and currently operates his own practice, Geers Law. Brent is married to an educator, who employs his services as a chaperon for various school functions. He is also his daughter’s father – a girl who will become a president, not a princess.

Practice Areas
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Probate
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Bankruptcy
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Elder Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations are available by phone only. I apply all other consultation fees toward subsequent fees for legal services.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards.
  • Contingent Fees
    Blended contingency fee involves a reduced hourly fee and approximately 15% of the judgment amount.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    A reduced rate schedule is available to veterans with demonstrated income below 400% of the federal poverty line. A discount is always available to K-12 teachers and support staff, law enforcement personnel, and veterans whose income exceeds 400% of the federal poverty line.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
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Adjunct professor of estate planning.
Counselor & Attorney
Geers Law, PLC
- Current
Education
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D. (2012) | Legal Education
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Honors: Deans List
Activities: Cooley Veterans Club
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. (2001) | American Culture
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Activities: Resident Advisor
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan  # P75904
Member
Current
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Grand Rapids Bar Association
Member
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Activities: Criminal Law Section
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Speaking Engagements
Life Essentials Workshop, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Urban Core Collective
Certifications
Accredited Attorney
Veterans Affairs
Websites & Blogs
Website
Geers Law
Legal Answers
2252 Questions Answered
Q. How may a Pro Se' litigant request the statute of limitation to be tolled due distress and fraud?
A: You cannot request that a statute of limitations be tolled. You can submit a motion (and brief) arguing that the statute of limitations should be tolled for particular reasons found in this case. The judge would determine whether your argument and supporting facts meet the legal standard to toll and statute of limitation.

Even if tolled, there is an end date once the reason for tolling ceases to exist. It's very possible to determine that the SOL should be tolled for a duration of time yet still now fall outside the SOL.
Q. Do i have any legal rights in this situation?
A: Is your name on the deed? If not, and since you are not married, you may be out-of-luck. If your name is on the deed, then you would have the right to force a sale, which may likely result in the other person writing a check for you for your portion of the proceeds.

This may be harsh, but your only claim to proceeds here would be through your name being on the deed or through marriage. This will not be a situation like a divorce since Michigan law does not recognize cohabitation situations. The only real legal issue you would have is the custody and support of the children, but that would not affect the property.
Q. can my ex fiance force a buyout if her name is on the deed but i am on the deed and mortgage.
A: Your changed relationship status has no bearing on property ownership and what actions may be taken. Your ex-fiance may petition a court for sale of the house; she may need to do so at some point to qualify for a future mortgage of her own. She could also show back up at your door with a U-Haul saying she wants the master bedroom to herself as you are now roommates.

You should also want to get her name off the deed sooner rather than later for your own personal benefit and liability reasons. While her name remains on the deed, you two remain legally tied together at least as to the house. A future marriage partner may not be so keen on having a former lover having some say in things going forward. If a divorce were to happen, it would be her's, her's, and your's. And then there is the unexpected worst-case scenario: you and your ex both move on with life peacefully. You think she's out of your hair for good until one day you receive mail that a lein has been placed on your house for debt your ex fiance accrued either intentionally or by accident.

There are legal answers, but here's some practical advice that will probably best serve your long-term interest: take the current market value of your house and subtract your mortgage balance. Add her down payment, and subtract the mortgage payments you've made. Offer to write her a check for a number between those two figures in exchange for a quit claim deed. You may end up paying some more than what a true equitable split is, but you'll be saving an appraisal fee, and attorney fees for attorneys to itemize every nut, bolt, and receipt each of you has related to the house, and crunch the numbers for you.

Housing values are likely only going to keep going up and so while you can continue as you are - paying the mortgage and living as you are - eventually you're going to need to do this work, and your ex-fiance's piece of the pie is only going to get larger. So long as her name is on the deed, she will be entitled to a share of the equity eventually. Consider this "stupid tax"; pay it now, not later. Borrow the money if you have to. Don't buy property with someone you are not already married to or in a business relationship with a written agreement in place.
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Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Telephone: (616) 965-6864
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