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Brent T. Geers

Brent T. Geers

  • Appeals & Appellate, Criminal Law, Divorce...
  • Michigan
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Summary

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
  • Divorce
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Probate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Elder Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations are available by phone only. All other types of initial consultations involve a small fee, secured by a valid credit card. I apply all consultation fees toward subsequent fees for legal services.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards.
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Counselor & Attorney
Geers Law
- Current
Education
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D. / Legal Education (2012)
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Honors: Deans List
Activities: Cooley Veterans Club
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. / American Culture (2001)
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Activities: Resident Advisor
Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan # P75904
Member
Current
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Criminal Law Section
Certifications
Accredited Attorney
Veterans Affairs
Websites & Blogs
Website
Geers Law
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. My friend pled not guilty to murder at bench jury. Sentenced guilty for life w/ little evidence & no suspects. Appeal?
A: To appeal or not depends on too many factors to answer convincingly in this forum. I'll address some inconsistencies in your question that hopefully will let you better understand the state of your loved one's case. I am unsure whether your friend plead guilty or was found guilty at trial. Your question indicates a "bench jury". A trial by judge alone is called a bench trial; a trial with a jury determining guilt or innocence is called a jury trial. At any rate, it appears that some entity - whether a judge or a jury - determined that your friend was guilty of murder. The difficulty in appealing trials is that evidence was presented, and the trier of fact (either the judge or the jury, depending on type of trial) made determinations as to what it believed based on that evidence. In turn, your friend's attorney had an opportunity to present other facts or theories, which the judge or jury was free to accept as true or not. If your friend had a trial, he has the right to appeal. Given that he is serving a life sentence, it's certainly worth having an appellant attorney take a look at the case to see what can be done. If he plead guilty at some stage - it is somewhat common for people charged with 1st degree murder to plead guilty to 2nd degree murder to be parole eligible - his appellate options are far more limited as by entering a guilty plea, he admitted out of his own mouth the facts necessary to sustain the conviction. In that scenario, it wouldn't really matter if the police looked for other suspects or what the investigation found or didn't find.
Q. If I don't sign anything, can I prevent my spouse from divorcing me?
A: If you fail to sign or otherwise participate in legal proceedings, the court will issue a default judgment against you. That would finalize the divorce and possibly expose you to adverse child custody, support, and property division issues.
Q. my father died. i'm his only child. life insurance went to his brother. can i fight for it
A: Without a will or other estate planning document, your father's probate assets would go to you - assuming he was not married when he died. Unfortunately, life insurance is subject to the policy's beneficiary designation and travels outside of probate. As such, you likely would not have a claim to that amount against your uncle.
Q. My parent's passed away 7 years ago. They had a will and left the house to me and one of my two sister's.
A: You will, most likely, need to initiate a probate proceeding in the county where your parents died. Through that proceeding you'll gain the legal authority as personal representative to transfer the real estate through a fiduciary deed. It is important for a trained attorney to do this for you to avoid any unnecessary liability - tax or otherwise.
Q. If I create a will does that keep my estate out of probate?
A: The short answer is "no". A will instructs the person you name as personal representative, and through that person the probate court, what to do with your assets. Probate is necessary in any will situation subject to some exclusions relative, largely, to the amount of the estate.
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Office
625 Kenmoor Ave SE STE 301
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-2395
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Telephone: (616) 965-6864
Fax: (616) 536-8408