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Brent T. Geers

Brent T. Geers

Geers Law
  • Appeals & Appellate, Criminal Law, Estate Planning...
  • Michigan
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Brent Geers specializes in helping people empower those they trust and provide for those they love. Brent has been an attorney since 2012, working with individuals and families to marshal their time, talent, and treasurer for the benefit of their children, family, and community. He is a Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honoree, and currently operates his own practice, Geers Law. Brent is married to an educator, who employs his services as a chaperon for various school functions. He is also his daughter’s father – a girl who will become a president, not a princess.

Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Criminal Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Probate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Elder Law
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations are available by phone only. I apply all other consultation fees toward subsequent fees for legal services.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards.
  • Contingent Fees
    Blended contingency fee involves a reduced hourly fee and approximately 15% of the judgment amount.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    A reduced rate schedule is available to veterans with demonstrated income below 400% of the federal poverty line. A discount is always available to K-12 teachers and support staff, law enforcement personnel, and veterans whose income exceeds 400% of the federal poverty line.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Counselor & Attorney
Geers Law
- Current
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D. (2012) | Legal Education
Honors: Deans List
Activities: Cooley Veterans Club
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. (2001) | American Culture
Activities: Resident Advisor
Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan # P75904
Grand Rapids Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Criminal Law Section
Speaking Engagements
Life Essentials Workshop, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Urban Core Collective
Accredited Attorney
Veterans Affairs
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Legal Answers
431 Questions Answered

Q. What kind of lawyer has the skill set to sue child protective services for dereliction of duty.
A: Child Protective Services is a government entity, and with that comes the hurdle of governmental immunity. In a nutshell, you cannot just sue a government entity like you can an ordinary person or business. I can tell you that there have been a number of claims made against CPS. The thing is that it's very possible to find that a casework failed to follow a policy or made some other misstep; what's hard is showing that that failure or misstep is the causation of someone's death. You would need to find an attorney skilled in not only wrongful death cases but also governmental immunity.
Q. I only have joint physical custody of my 7yr son. Can i file for full custody and keep him at my house?
A: You may certainly file. You would need to establish that a change of circumstance or substantial cause exists, which it sounds like there may. One question you should be prepared to address is "why now"?
Q. What the average time to open an estate in Michigan? We sent the retainer fee in March of 2019 and nothing was filed as
A: An attorney cannot open an estate without the necessary information, which must come from the client. If you provided all information when you paid the retainer, then I'm not sure what happened. Regardless, it's a question to ask the attorney. Ordinarily, an estate can be opened (e.g. obtaining Letters of Authority) within anywhere from one day to 3-4 weeks.
Q. Where does a mother of 3 go to seek financial help with a divorce in Ionia County, MI? Husband has been abusive, also.
A: Contact your local Legal Aid office. Certainly, her income will be a factor to qualify, but domestic violence is also a consideration for help. Otherwise, you may call the local bar association or the state bar association.
Q. Do I have a case ! When my child’s father girlfriend sent a video of me doing sexual things to people without my consent
A: Your's is a very fact-dependent situation. How did she get this video? Who took it? And where were you when this was being done? If you had no reasonable expectation of privacy when this video was made, or you consented to being taped and the video subsequently fell into her hands, I'm not sure there is much you can do.
Q. I am preparing to open a nightclub. I need help with obtaining a liquor license
A: Be prepared for a frustrating and expensive experience. Liquor licenses for nightclubs are very much dependent on local control. Is the area you're intending to open friendly to having a nightclub? As just as hard as nightclub liquor licenses can be to get, they are easily lost. Too many police contacts, fights, etc. will spell the end.
Q. I want to appeal secretary of state decision on getting my license back, what forms do I use to represent myself?
A: The process of navigating through the driver license restoration process is complex enough that you would be well served to retain an attorney. You may, for instance, be entitled to go directly to the circuit court judge, or you may need to reapply through the secretary of state - an attorney could best tell you where your case fits at the moment. Keep in mind that generally these appeals can be tough. As you're probably aware, there is no "right" to have a driver license restored once its been revoked. You must convince the secretary of state that you are a stone-cold sober individual.
Q. I live in Michigan. I was arrested for domestic violence. I had a fight with my brother that went a little too far.
A: The wonderful thing about HYTA is that upon successful completion, you don't have a criminal conviction, and so you may rightfully report no convictions, and it shouldn't show up on background checks as a conviction. That said, you may have an arrest record, which is an indication that you've been arrested. Depending on the job you are applying for, this shouldn't be an issue.
Q. Can my fiancé's X keep me away form their daughter when all she has is supervised visits?
A: If she has supervised visits, quite frankly I don't see her being in a very good position to push for anything from the court. Of course she can make the argument that you shouldn't be around during her parenting time. And because you are not legally married, I think a judge would consider her argument more than if you were actually married. But still, she would need to make some specific arguments about you for a judge to order something like that. It would not be enough for her to say she doesn't like you.
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15 Ionia Ave SW STE 530
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Telephone: (616) 965-6864
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625 Kenmoor Ave SE STE 301
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-2395
Telephone: (616) 965-6864
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