Rachel L. Terpstra
(231) 747-7160 Ext. 104
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

Michigan Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Amended – Elimination of Buy-Downs for Small UST Owners and Retroactive Reduction in Deductibles
Posted on January 3, 2017
2016 closed out with some good news for underground storage tank (UST) owners in Michigan. On December 21, 2016, Governor Snyder signed House Bill 5599 into law (PA 380 of 2016), amending UST corrective action funding provisions of Part 215 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), 1994 PA 451, as amended. The most significant impact of this amendment is two-fold: the lowering of deductibles (from $50,000 to $10,000 per claim for owners/operators of eight or more USTs, and from $50,000 to $2,000 per claim for UST owners/operators of seven or fewer USTs). Further, these lower deductible... MORE
Happy Holidays!
Posted on December 22, 2016
GGTM Law is spreading joy this holiday season with the help of the Mona Shores Choir. Please enjoy viewing our Christmas card while listening to this beautiful arrangement of a Christmas classic sung by the Mona Shores Choir. Wishing each of you Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year!... MORE
Non-Competes Between Commercial Ventures to be Assessed Under Rule of Reason
Posted on July 18, 2016
In Innovation Ventures v Liquid Manufacturing, LLC, Michigan Supreme Court Docket No. 150591 (decided July 14, 2016), the Michigan Supreme Court considered whether the validity of a covenant not to compete should be determined by looking at the factors provided in MCL 445.774a or by using the “rule of reason” analysis. MCL 445.774a sets forth factors for a court to consider in analyzing covenants not to compete in an employer-employee context. The covenant not to compete considered in this case, however, was in a written agreement between two businesses. The statutory factors include the following: (1) duration of the... MORE
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