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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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Biography

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
    Bankruptcy
    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
    Collections
    Foreclosure Defense
    International Law
    Human Rights, Imports & Exports
Fees
  • 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
Michigan
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6th Circuit
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Languages
  • French: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
member
Morris & Morris Attorneys, P.L.L.C.
- Current
member
Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C.
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shareholder
Shefferly, Silverman & Morris
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attorney
Schlussel, Lifton
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Education
University of Michigan Law School
J.D.
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Michigan State University
B.A. | international relations
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James Madison College
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Awards
listing 2008 to present
Superlawyers
Professional Associations
Creditor/Debtors Rights Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
member
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American Bankruptcy Institute
member
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Activities: Occasional lecturer.
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State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Creditor/Debtor Rights Committee
member
- Current
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Business Law Section Council
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Publications
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
ICLE
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
Website
Website
Legal Answers
218 Questions Answered
Q. The neighbors dead tree fell on my daughters car completely destroying her sunroof and back window. Not from a storm
A: The neighbor's potential liability is for negligence, and if he or she should have been aware of the issue, that strengthens the claim. Did you inform the neighbor, prior to the tree fall, that the tree was a hazard?
Q. If an attorney signs a contract without clients knowledge, where attorney had no power of attorney is that contract lega
A: This is a question of "apparent authority" on the part of the attorney, as an agent of the client. Under that doctrine, the contract might be enforceable. Whether it is enforceable will depend upon the specific facts. It is possible that it is enforceable. That does not, however, necessarily preclude a claim against the attorney for having caused damage to the client.
Q. Is my mentally ill adult daughter liable for an apt lease she signed?
A: The issue under Michigan law is whether she had the ability to understand what she was signing. I agree that the diagnosis does not answer the question. Were she to be sued, she would have to convince the court of her defense, which might require expert testimony. Further, the landlord would probably sue in Illinois on the theory that she consented to a jurisdiction in that state when she signed the lease. She might do well to contact the landlord and propose a settlement. An attorney could help with that. Another possible consideration to argue is that she does not have assets or income from which a judgment can be collected.
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Morris & Morris Attorneys, P.L.L.C.
3258 Broad Street
Suite 2
Dexter, MI 48130
Toll-Free: (734) 221-0077
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: By appointment