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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
Michigan
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
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
Jackson County Bar Association
- Current
Chicago Bar Association
- Current
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
118 Questions Answered

Q. My mom died about two months ago in Michigan, and my sister went to Probate Court in Wayne County to live in my mom's ho
A: It sounds like your sister has been appointed personal representative of the estate. Whether your sister can sell the house depends on how the house was owned by you and your deceased mother, whether it was joint tenants with right of survivorship, or whether it was tenants in common. If it was tenants in common, then the house is an asset of your mother’s estate now. Without more information, it’s hard to help you further. You should talk to an attorney to find out more. As always, you get what you pay for. Be sure to talk to a qualified attorney about your specific situation before choosing to rely on information you get from internet discussion boards such as this one.
Q. is social security counted as disposible income in a chapter 13 bankruptcy
A: For purposes of the Chapter 7 means test, Social Security benefits are not income. But for purposes of Chapter 13 disposable income, yes, Social Security benefits are counted as income from which your allowable expenses are subtracted to arrive at disposable income in Michigan. In some other jurisdictions (other than Michigan), the answer would be different. As always, you get what you pay for. Be sure to talk to a qualified attorney about your specific situation before choosing to rely on any information you get from internet discussion boards, such as this one.
Q. Has the law been altered as of 2019?
A: There isn’t an age minimum, but if you’re a minor you’ll need your parent to come with you to the tattoo shop and give permission. Here is a link to Michigan’s law on tattooing minors. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(a1v3sujz11rki0tfhjvedhzc))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-333-13102 Also, tattoo shops are free to set their own rules about the minimum age of someone they tattoo. My recommendation is to wait until you’re older. A tattoo is forever, and not something to get without being really, really sure you want to live with it for the rest of your life. What seems like a good idea now may not seem that way when you get older. It can wait, at least until you’re 18 and can make your own decisions.
Q. my husband's grandmother lert a will. Upon her passing her surviving son & daughter will split the house . On her decis
A: Under Michigan’s Estates and Protected Individuals Code, a child is also defined as someone with whom the parent had an openly acknowledged parent-child relationship which continued until death of the parent. The 3rd wouldn’t necessarily have to have a DNA test or birth certificate to prove she has the right to inherit from the parent’s estate. You, or the 3rd child, should talk to a qualified lawyer in your area who can help in this situation.
Q. I am sued in small claims and I have questions about the paperwork that I received from the plaintiff's attorney.
A: Something doesn’t add up here. If you are in small claims, an attorney wouldn’t be involved. If you are getting requests to admit and interrogatories from an attorney in Michigan, then: (a) you are in Circuit Court, or (b) you are in District Court and the judge has allowed discovery. If you do not respond to the things you received from plaintiff’s attorney, the requests to admit will be deemed admitted. You should not ignore them, or the interrogatories. It sounds like you are in over your head. No one can tell you what you should do about the other things merely given the information you’ve posted here. There is more information an attorney would want to know before giving you an answer. You should speak to a lawyer to help you with your case.
Q. Can a rental place denie me a living based on my income in michigan I am homeless because of this.
A: You're right that a landlord can't discriminate against you based on your disability. But, a landlord can refuse to rent to you based on your income. If you are on disability, your income may qualify you for subsidized housing or government housing assistance. Try reaching out to the public housing agency for your area, or the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. They may be able to help you find resources that can help you. As always, you get what you pay for. Be sure to talk to a qualified attorney about your specific situation before choosing to rely on any information you get from internet discussion boards, such as this one.
Q. I had a Providian credit card when I was eighteen.
A: It’s likely that your credit card had a high interest rate, and judgment interest has continued to accrue while the judgment remained unpaid. The maximum judgment interest rate in Michigan is 13%, so that would cause your unpaid judgment to double every 5.5 years. A judgment is good for 10 years and can be renewed. My suggestion would be to call the creditor or their attorney and see if you can negotiate a settlement to make it stop. Otherwise you will keep paying until the judgment, along with interest and costs, are all paid. As always, you get what you pay for. Be sure to talk to a qualified attorney about your specific situation before choosing to rely on information you get from internet discussion boards such as this one.
Q. Would I be able to get a lawyer to represent me in a one time probate court guardianship case . If so what is the cost?
A: Yes, the cost would first depend on the area where the Probate case needs to be filed (ie Detroit or Grand Rapids, versus a smaller city). Typically, attorneys in larger cities charge more, and attorneys in more remote, smaller cities charge less. Second it would depend how complicated the case is, and how much work it would take for the lawyer. Simple cases take less time and cost less, and complicated cases take more time and cost more. Finally, the lawyer would quote you a fee based on a per-hour rate or perhaps a flat rate. You should contact several lawyers in the area where the case needs to be filed to get quotes for your particular case.
Q. My sister and I are co-executors on my fathers will. Can she settle the estate without my knowledge
A: It would depend on (1) whether she has been appointed as the personal representative of the estate, and (2) how the personal representative's name was worded on the letters of authority that were issued. If the letters said that you OR your sister were appointed as personal representative, then she might be able to act unilaterally without you. But if the letters say that is you AND your sister are appointed PR, then presumably you both would need to act together, she could not take action without you. As always, you get what you pay for. Be sure to talk to a qualified attorney about your specific situation before choosing to rely on any information you get from internet discussion boards, such as this one.
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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1054
Jackson, MI 49204-1054
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Telephone: (517) 240-4236
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404 S. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201
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Telephone: (517) 240-4236