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Thomas. R. Morris

Thomas. R. Morris

Morris & Morris Attorneys, P.L.L.C.
  • Appeals & Appellate, Bankruptcy, Business Law ...
  • Michigan
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B.A., International Relations, James Madison College, Michigan State University. J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1986. Practice concentrated in bankruptcy, commercial law, business law, workouts, real estate and complex situations.

Practice Areas
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Foreclosure Defense
    International Law
    Human Rights, Imports & Exports
  • Free Consultation
    The depth and duration of the free consultation depends upon the nature and scope of the potential engagement.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Standard hourly rate is $350.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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6th Circuit
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  • French: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Morris & Morris Attorneys, P.L.L.C.
- Current
Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C.
Shefferly, Silverman & Morris
Schlussel, Lifton
University of Michigan Law School
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Michigan State University
B.A. | international relations
James Madison College
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listing 2008 to present
Professional Associations
Creditor/Debtors Rights Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
- Current
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American Bankruptcy Institute
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Activities: Occasional lecturer.
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State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Creditor/Debtor Rights Committee
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Business Law Section Council
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Articles & Publications
The Michigan Exemption Initiative
Michigan Business Law Journal
The History and Futrure of Michigan Debtor Exemptions
Michigan Business Law Journal
Representing Small Business Debtors in Bankruptcy
The Discharge of "Trustee" Debts: Defining the Term "Fiduciary Capacity" under Bankruptcy Code section 523(a)(4)
Michigan Business Law Journal
Judgment Liens Against Real Property: H.B. 4941 Proposes Major Changes
Michigan Real Property Review
Speaking Engagements
Individual Chapter 11 Reorganizations, ABI Central States conference, Traverse City, Michigan
American Bankruptcy Institute
moderator and speaker
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
249 Questions Answered
Q. I've lost everything. My Ex-husband stole my identity, 2019, and ultimately my home of 18yrs in 2021. Is there a case?
A: A forged deed is not valid. You can file suit to challenge the forged deed and regain possession of your property. The notary may also have liability, and the notary probably posted a bond in the amount of $10,000 from which you might recover. You should consult with an attorney because the process of challenging the forged deed is too complex for me to outline in this response.
Q. Property acquired through quitclaim deed has transferability restrictions to heirs at law, but the grantor is deceased.
A: The term "heirs at law" is defined by MCL 700.2720 as those persons who would be entitled to a decedent's property if that person died without a will.

A deed does not have to expressly grant water or mineral rights. You did not state that the grantor reserved mineral rights. I do not know what you mean by "water rights". That phrase does not have a specific meaning under Michigan law as far as I know. There are a number of different rights that might be called "water rights".

The restriction purportedly placed on the property by your grandfather seems like an unreasonable restraint on alienation. See MCL 554.51.

Although a title company might sort this out and insure title in your buyer, you may need to consult an attorney. An attorney would need to see the documents. ... Read More
Q. Can I quit claim home to spouse. I have a judgement against myself only. Home is held in tenants by entirety.
A: This conveyance could have negative consequences. For example, it could be the basis for the denial of your discharge were you to file bankruptcy. Moreover, the home is currently protected from the creditor according to the facts you gave. Whether you should follow through on your idea requires the consideration of a number of issues. You may wish to consult an attorney regarding your overall plan.
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Morris & Morris Attorneys, P.L.L.C.
3258 Broad Street
Suite 2
Dexter, MI 48130
Toll-Free: (734) 221-0077
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Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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