Rachel L. Terpstra
(231) 291-0104
rachel@ggtmlaw.com

Education

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2007 magna cum laude

Grand Valley State University, B.B.A. 1996, magna cum laude

Memberships

American Bar Association – Family Law Section

State Bar of Michigan – Family Law Section

Muskegon County Bar Association

Ottawa County Bar Association

Rachel is active in the community in both Muskegon and Ottawa Counties and is on several boards, including Spring Lake Township Board of Trustees, Muskegon County Bar Association and Ferrysburg Community Church, and was a former President of ARC Muskegon.

Rachel concentrates her practice in the area of family law, estate planning, probate litigation and civil litigation, including contract disputes, landlord-tenant issues, probate matters and other general civil matters.

Experience

Prior to starting her law career, Rachel spent more than a decade working on-site with corporate clients and small businesses in the areas of accounting, training and consulting, financial management, time management, customer service, presentation skills, business communication and business writing. This diverse business and accounting background provides a unique perspective and ability to guide clients through the challenges of running a small business or navigating through a divorce involving a small or family-owned business.

Sample Projects

  • Enforced the retirement provisions of a Judgment of Divorce, recovering tens of thousands in lost 401(k) proceeds and successfully defended that award in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
  • Assisted client in successfully preventing the location of cell tower in a residential neighborhood.

Education

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2007 magna cum laude

Grand Valley State University, B.B.A. 1996, magna cum laude

Memberships

American Bar Association – Family Law Section

State Bar of Michigan – Family Law Section

Muskegon County Bar Association

Ottawa County Bar Association

Rachel is active in the community in both Muskegon and Ottawa Counties and is on several boards, including Spring Lake Township Board of Trustees, Muskegon County Bar Association and Ferrysburg Community Church, and was a former President of ARC Muskegon.

Recent News

Legacy Release Program Funding Completely Allocated
Posted on April 2, 2018
On March 16, 2018, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced that the $36 million in funding earmarked for the Legacy Release Program (LRP) barely 6 months ago (via the passage of Public Act 130 of 2017) has been completely allocated to approved or pending claim submittals. As a result, the MDEQ is not reviewing any additional claims made under the LRP. However, a waiting list of up to 100 more claim applications will be maintained, in the event that current claims do not expend the full approved amount or are otherwise denied. The waiting list information can... MORE
New MUSTA Legislation Enacted
Posted on October 27, 2017
House Bill 4583 was recently signed into law by Governor Snyder.  This Bill creates the “Legacy Release Program”, establishes new options to demonstrate financial responsibility for cleanup fund deductibles, and provides for reimbursement of local units of government (LUG) for certain corrective action costs. The highlights of HB 4583 (now referred to as Public Act 134 of 2017) are outlined below: The Legacy Release Program is created and will be administered by the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA). The intent is to provide a mechanism to aid in the completion of corrective actions and to close out “old”... MORE
Scott Timmer Elected to Serve on Council
Posted on August 4, 2017
GGTM is proud to announce that our own J. Scott Timmer was elected by his peers to serve on the Council for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan at the Section’s annual meeting on July 21, 2017.  The Council term is three years. Scott has been an active member of the Real Property Law Section for a number of years. Scott served as a co-chair for the Section’s Summer Conference for 2015 and 2016. Scott currently chairs the Section’s “Homeward Bound” seminars and acts as the coordinator for the Section’s Residential Transactions and Finance... MORE
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