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Dolores A. Laputka

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Dolores A. Laputka focuses her practice primarily on tax-related matters, whether connected to a family’s closely-held business or to estate planning for one of the principals. In a former life, Dolores was a Certified Public Accountant, which enables her to handle complex business and tax-related matters for corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, as well as succession planning and financial and estate planning for families and executives at all levels. She also devotes a significant portion of her practice to tax issues for not-for-profit organizations, including charitable giving techniques maximizing the income tax and death tax benefits.

She has handled multi-dimensional transactions, applying tax-efficient methodology to the buying and selling of family businesses, inter-relation of succession planning, and estate planning for closely-held businesses, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, management of privacy issues surrounding significant lottery winnings, and more.

Dolores especially enjoys management and consulting with the nonpublic business owner in all aspects of the legal and business environment “from cradle to grave.”

Since moving to the Lehigh Valley in 1990, Dolores has been involved in many community organizations in positions such as general counsel and past chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley; member of the Board of Directors, secretary, and chairman of the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley; past president of the Allentown Rotary Club; and past board member of the Lehigh County Community College Foundation. In 2019, she was recognized as a Greater Lehigh Valley business leader, receiving Lehigh Valley Business Icon Honors. When not working, she enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake or “playing at” golf.

Education
  • Duquesne University School of Law
    • J.D., 1978
  • Boston College
    • B.A., cum laude, 1975
Professional Affiliations
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court
    • Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Personal Awards

  • ArtsQuest Foundation
    • Linny Award, Lifetime Achievement Volunteer in the Arts, 2018
  • United Way
    • Extraordinary Service Award, 2017
  • Lehigh Valley SUITS
    • Lehigh Valley SUITS Award, 2010
  • National Arthritis Foundation
    • Spirit of Philanthropy Award, 2007
  • Women’s Leadership Initiative of the United Way
    • Great Lehigh Valley Philanthropist of the Year, 2007
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, formerly known as Great Valley Girl Scouts Council
    • Lehigh Valley Woman of Distinction Award, 2006
  • Good Shepherd Home Raker Memorial Award, 1999
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