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Thomas. R. Morris

Thomas. R. Morris

Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C.
  • Appeals & Appellate, Bankruptcy, Business Law...
  • Michigan
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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
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
  • Collections
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • International Law
  • 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
6th Circuit
  • French: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C.
- Current
Shefferly, Silverman & Morris
Schlussel, Lifton
University of Michigan Law School
Michigan State University
B.A. | international relations
James Madison College
listing 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Professional Associations
Creditor/Debtors Rights Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
- Current
American Bankruptcy Institute
- Current
Activities: Occasional lecturer.
State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Creditor/Debtor Rights Committee
- Current
Business Law Section Council
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
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
Legal Answers
76 Questions Answered

Q. I inherited a home w 2 siblings,12 years ago (quick claim deed) My sister has paid zero, can I get her off the deed
A: An action in court for partition may be possible, with the court determining how to apportion the proceeds taking into consideration the money you spent on the property. You should consult with an attorney, preferably one with experience in that type of matter.
Q. In a divorce, we refinance the house and he assumes the mortgage, will I get anything from the refinance?
A: It depends upon the terms of the property settlement embodied in the judgment of divorce. You believe that there is $86,000 of equity. Perhaps this will be split 50/50, in which case the judgment of divorce should provide for you to receive your $43,000. You need to discuss this with an attorney who will represent you in the divorce.
Q. Is there a time of year that is best to file for bankruptcy?
A: Perhaps just after you have received and spent your tax refund based upon a return filed early in the year. Other than that, it’s not really a seasonal thing.
Q. How can I get a brother, who lives in another state, to move his trailer off of our mother's property in Hobbs, NM?
A: This is an issue for a New Mexico attorney. Under Michigan law, for example, one would serve a notice to quit, paying attention to special rules applicable to manufactured homes.
Q. How do I determine what municipality my property is under?
A: You can find that information in the legal description, but note that there may have been a change to the status of the municipality since the legal description was prepared. For example, a township may have become a city. You can also find this information on a tax bill. Finally, consult a map and check the municipality's website for their map if you are still not sure.
Q. Do I have to / should I stop paying on credit cards debts before I can file for bankruptcy?
A: You do not have to, but you may choose to. For many persons contemplating bankruptcy, to stop paying is advantageous. An attorney answering this question for you would need much more information before advising you that it would be a good choice in your situation.
Q. I went through chapter 7 bankruptcy and kept my car. Why does my credit report say closed account do I have to pay on it
A: If the creditor has a lien on the car, it will be able to repossess the car if you do not pay for it. There may be other options, however. If the car is worth less than what you owe, you may be able to make a deal.
Q. Can you keep your house if you file for bankruptcy?
A: Possibly. This is a question that involves exemptions and other issues. The exemption for a Michigan resident is up to about $57,000 under the "state" exemptions, and about $23,625 under the federal exemptions. There is also a "tenancy by the entirety" exemption that may be possible. I would need more facts to answer your particular question. Otherwise, to provide an answer would be like writing a scholarly article.
Q. my father has a property in which he is a co-owner. the other owner died over 20yrs ago. is my dad the sole owner?
A: Basically, yes, if the tenancy was "joint" and no if the tenancy was "in common" unless your father was also the sole heir of the other owner. This is a basic answer that assumes no intervening events in the last 20 years.If the tenancy was joint, then your father because the sole owner as the survivor of the joint tenants. Otherwise, the other tenant's (i.e. owner's) interest in the property passed to his or her heir.
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Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C.
30500 Northwestern Highway
suite 200
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Telephone: (248) 539-1330