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Trent Harris

Trent Harris

Attorney at Crossroads Legal, PLLC
  • Estate Planning, Probate
  • Illinois, Michigan
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Biography

My name is Thomas "Trent" Harris and I go by my middle name, Trent. I was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan and went to the Jackson Public Schools, graduating from Jackson High School in 1995. I earned my bachelor's degree from Albion College in 1999 and my juris doctor degree from Chicago Kent College of Law in 2008. I am licensed to practice in Michigan and Illinois, and my practice focuses on the areas of estate planning, probate, and real estate law.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free telephone consultation up to 30 minutes
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Payments by credit or debit card will include a 3% surcharge to cover card processing fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
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Michigan
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Crossroads Legal, PLLC
- Current
Founded consumer law firm to represent individuals in the areas of estate planning, probate, and real estate law.
Collections Attorney
American 1 Credit Union
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I represented the credit union in collections and consumer bankruptcy matters in courts throughout Michigan.
Attorney
Law Office of Trent Harris, PLC
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I represented clients in estate planning, probate, real estate, and small business matters, mostly for transactional/drafting matters, but also some litigation.
Legal Intern
Allegiance Health
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Worked as a legal intern supporting the Associate General Counsel of a mid-size regional hospital system. Worked mostly on contract and compliance matters.
Paralegal
Scarpelli & Brady, LLC
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Worked as a paralegal for a five-attorney insurance defense litigation firm in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Education
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
J.D. (2008)
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Albion College
(1999) Dual major in Economics & Management and Philosophy
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Honors: Cum Laude
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Awards
CALI Award
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Received CALI Award for Law 273 - Evidence from professor Justice David A. Erickson for spring semester of 2007.
Dean's List
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Recognized on Dean's List - spring 2007 and fall 2007 semesters.
Dean's List
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Recognized on Dean's List - Fall 2006 semester.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan  # P73799
Member
Current
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Chicago Bar Association
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Bylaws are Mylaws, Nonprofit Network 2011 Governance Workshop, Community Action Agency, Jackson, MI
Nonprofit Network
Presentation discussing the role, relevance, and importance of bylaws to the board of directors and management of nonprofit organizations.
Websites & Blogs
Website
Crossroads Legal, PLLC
Legal Answers
247 Questions Answered
Q. When my mother passed away the deed to the house was in her name and my brothers name was on it in survivorship only,
A: It's unclear from the question whether your brother was a remainderman on a lady bird deed (he only became owner when your mother passed) or whether your brother was a joint tenant with your mother, who had right of survivorship. Either way, if your brother survived your mother, the house likely is part of your brother's estate now. For a definitive answer, take your question and any papers, deeds, etc to a local real estate or estate planning attorney for a consult.
Q. Is an estate lawyer required to provide a copy of a Will to a person named in the Will?
A: The directions given to you by the drafting attorney are correct. When an attorney drafts estate plan documents for a client, the attorney owes the client the duty of confidentiality, even after death. After a client's death, the only person who can waive confidentiality for the client is the personal representative of the deceased client's estate. You need to contact the personal representative of the estate to obtain a copy of the will. The attorney who drafted the will has no duty to provide it to you, and may only do so with permission as described above.
Q. Is a seller liable after closing for misstatements made on disclosure statement.
A: The answer to this question is: maybe. There are two different issues. The first is the encroachment onto the neighbor's property. The second is the basement work done without proper permits. As to the first (encroachment issue), the seller would not be liable to you for that unless the seller had represented to you in the purchase agreement that there were no encroachments onto neighboring property. Most purchase agreements include a provision to enable the buyer to have a stake survey done prior to close. Most buyers waiver this provision, for better or for worse. Failure to have a survey done prior to close that would've discovered the encroachment onto the neighboring property is a risk borne by the buyer. So unless the seller actually told you before closing that there were no problems with encroachments onto neighboring property, you're probably out of luck there. As to the second (permits) issue, if the seller represented to you before close that all required permits were pulled but they were not, you may have a valid claim against the seller for that. The theories that could be pursued for that include fraud, misrepresentation, innocent representation, and possibly breach of warranty of title if you received a warranty deed for the property. In order to pursue this, I recommend you schedule an in-person consult with an experienced real estate attorney in your area.
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Contact & Map
Office
404 S. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201
Telephone: (517) 240-4236
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 AM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: In-person meetings by appointment only. Please call ahead if you will be stopping by my office.