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Trent Harris

Trent Harris

Attorney at Crossroads Legal, PLLC
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate Law
  • Illinois, Michigan
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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 Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
  • 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
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
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
I represented the credit union in collections and consumer bankruptcy matters in courts throughout Michigan.
Law Office of Trent Harris, PLC
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
Worked as a legal intern supporting the Associate General Counsel of a mid-size regional hospital system. Worked mostly on contract and compliance matters.
Scarpelli & Brady, LLC
Worked as a paralegal for a five-attorney insurance defense litigation firm in Park Ridge, Illinois.
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
Honors: Cum Laude
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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
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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
Crossroads Legal, PLLC
Legal Answers
243 Questions Answered
Q. Can my husband's sister contest a wife's rights to everything? Do I still need a will?
A: By "a wife's rights to everything", I'm assuming you mean the surviving spouse's right to a share of an intestate estate. Generally speaking, if the husband dies leaving a probate estate and leaves a surviving spouse, the surviving spouse is entitled to the first $240,000 or so of the probate estate. After that, the estate would be split with other heirs such as the husband's children. Can the husband's sister contest those rights? I guess, people say all things in court but probably it would not be successful. As to whether you need a will, yes, probably. Do you want the defaults of Michigan law to dictate who should be the personal representative of your estate and how your probate estate should be distributed, or would you like to choose differently than the law provides? If so, you need a will. Also, you can do things in a will like designate a guardian for minor children, which if you don't do, could lead to contested litigation in probate court. I recommend that a basic estate plan including a will, power of attorney, and patient advocate designation is a must for just about everybody. Keep in mind these answers are informational in nature only, because we don't really know anything about you and your specific situation based on the limited information in your question. For a full, thorough, and precise answer to your questions, you should make an appointment with a local probate attorney.
Q. Man dies in MI. owns land worth $4,000 in SC does land auto go to spouse or has to file probate. His estate under $20k
A: This is a question that depends on South Carolina law. A Michigan probate court does not have jurisdiction to decide matters regarding real estate located outside the State of Michigan. Other states could have a statute though that allows South Carolina to recognize ancillary probate proceedings filed in other states. I would suggest talking to one or more South Carolina probate attorneys to get a second or third opinion.
Q. Is it illegal for a real estate agent to digitally remove A Property Surveyors Property Markers from a Real Estate Listi
A: No, that is not illegal.
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Contact & Map
404 S. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201
Telephone: (517) 240-4236
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
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.
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