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Trent Harris

Trent Harris

Bankruptcy, collections, estate planning, and probate lawyer in Jackson, MI
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  • Illinois, Michigan
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Summary

I'm a bankruptcy, collections, estate planning, and probate lawyer practicing in Jackson, Michigan. Born and raised in Jackson, Michigan, I've been a lawyer since 2008 and have spent most of that time in private practice as a solo practitioner. I also have worked several years working for a bank as in-house counsel handling debt collections and Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy matters.

I help individuals and families plan for and navigate legal issues in some of the most significant financial and legal events in their lives: births, deaths, marriages, divorces, job losses, illnesses, hospitalizations, long-term-care, and other major life events. My approach to clients features personalized attention, prompt communication, efficient service, and discretion at all times. I am admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in the State of Michigan.

Memberships:
Jackson County Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Jackson Area Estate Planning Council
Probate and Estate Planning Section, Michigan State Bar
Consumer Law Section, Michigan State Bar

Education:
J.D., Chicago Kent College of Law, 2008
B.A., Albion College, 1999
Diploma, Jackson High School, 1995

Practice Areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Collections
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    I offer free consultations by telephone.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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 bankruptcy, collections, estate planning, probate, and employment 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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Jackson County Bar Association
- 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
216 Questions Answered

Q. Grandmothers estate
A: Your rights depend on the language of the will. If you are named as someone who is to inherit property under the will, you may potentially receive something from the estate. Your interest under the will would also be affected by what property exists in the estate, what claims exist against the estate, and what other people stand to inherit under the will besides you, if any. Consult a probate attorney in your area who can review the will, discuss with you the facts that are pertinent that affect your interest, and give you usable legal advice.
Q. I stayed in a hotel for 118 days this year that was shut down by the fire marshal because they didn’t replace a panel
A: Dear Davisburg, Your question references a condition at the property which could've, but in actuality did not adversely affect you. In the eyes of the law, you lack standing to sue, because you have not suffered a particularized injury traceable to the hotel's conduct. Sure, you might've been frustrated by staying in a hotel that could've posed a danger to you. That danger was greater than what would've been posed by a hotel that was in full compliance with all laws and safety regulations. But that is not an injury the law intends to compensate. The closest thing you have is a consumer claim for false/deceptive marketing. For example, did the hotel represent to you that it was in full compliance with all relevant codes and regulations, and because it wasn't, the amount of money you paid for your hotel stays was more than you should've paid? How much would a reasonable consumer pay to stay in a hotel that has some code or safety issues, versus a hotel that doesn't? Do people get a refund if the exercise room has a machine that doesn't work? Or if the hotel misses putting chlorine in the pool one day? Really, this isn't something a lawyer is going to get involved with, and you should move on. It would be best for you to vote with your voice, and your feet if necessary. Tell the hotel how this episode impacted you, and see if they would be willing to give you a concession like a free night's stay in the future. If they don't want to make it up to you (even though the complaint is pretty minor), then you have every right to take your business elsewhere.
Q. In the state of Michigan my vehicle was towed in a tow zone. I told them to drop vehicle before fully hooking up
A: Was your car parked in a tow zone? Was a tow truck called? Did the tow truck arrive and begin hooking up the vehicle before you came back to object? If so, this sounds legal. The harm was already done (breaking the law by parking in the tow zone). There is no legal loophole that says "but if I come back before they actually take my car away, they can't take it." You should pay the ticket and whatever costs are necessary to get your car back, and be wiser the next time about not parking in a tow zone.
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Contact & Map
Office
404 S. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201
Telephone: (517) 240-4236