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Biography

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
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Probate
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Bankruptcy
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Elder Law
Fees
  • 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
Michigan
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
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Adjunct professor of estate planning.
Counselor & Attorney
Geers Law, PLC
- Current
Education
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D. (2012) | Legal Education
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Honors: Deans List
Activities: Cooley Veterans Club
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. (2001) | American Culture
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Activities: Resident Advisor
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan  # P75904
Member
Current
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Grand Rapids Bar Association
Member
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Activities: Criminal Law Section
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Speaking Engagements
Life Essentials Workshop, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Urban Core Collective
Certifications
Accredited Attorney
Veterans Affairs
Websites & Blogs
Website
Geers Law
Legal Answers
2284 Questions Answered
Q. Can a father take back a phone and watch that were Christmas gifts or file a stole property report?
A: Generally, once a gift is given, it's the receiver's property. Unless the father has some evidence these items were stolen, he's risking filing a false police report - which is a crime itself - once the police investigate and find he actually gave those items and now just wants them back.
Q. 60th District ( 1 judge) Court failed to accept evidence provided, them proceeded irresponsibility, dismissing
A: The court cannot tell you you are not able to serve papers as a legally competent adult who is not otherwise a party to the action. In other words, you are free to be a process server. What they can do and say is that you are no longer an appointed court officer. In most jurisdictions, that's an appointed position by contract, and you serve in that capacity at the leisure of the court. Most places simply maintain a list of court officers who rotate responsibility serving court papers. That list is also given to pro se litigations for them to contact which court officer they want to serve the papers.

Otherwise, any legally competent adult can serve court papers and hold themselves out to be in the business. When you serve papers, and sign the back of the summons stating as such, the service is as valid as if a court officer did it. However, you should know the court rules on proper service; notably the difference between personal and service by mail, and when each is necessary or appropriate. A picture of someone looking at papers, alone, would not be considered proper service.

If ALL of the cases you've previously done service on have been dismissed due to lack of service, then either this particular judge has subjecting you to untoward bias as you allege, OR, the court has substantial concern about your credibility or adherence to the court rules. Either way, you may need to address this with the court administrator to get to the bottom of what it is.
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Q. I'm being summoned to court which is 3 hours away for an arraignment about my dog biting another dog. What should I do?
A: Hire an attorney in the location of the arraignment. They may be able to arrange for this to be done by zoom or resolve it by some other means.

If this incident happened in your location, I'm unsure how you would be arraigned in a court 3 hours away. You also need to look into that issue: where venue is proper.
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Contact & Map
Downtown Grand Rapids
15 Ionia Ave SW STE 530
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Telephone: (616) 965-6864
Fax: (616) 536-8408