March 5, 2012
Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
P.O. Box 5933
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
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Judith A. Harris Elected to Serve as Legal Counsel for The Century Fund
Allentown, PA (March 5, 2012) – Judith A. Harris, Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and Chair of the firm’s Pennsylvania Estate, Trust, and Tax Practice Group, was elected unanimously by the Trustees of The Century Fund to serve as its legal counsel. The Century Fund is a charitable trust created by the late Donald P. Miller, the former publisher and chairman of The Morning Call and Call-Chronicle Newspapers, to enhance the lives of residents of the City of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley.
“I am pleased and honored to act as legal counsel to this charitable trust which serves the needs of our community in such important ways,” said Harris.
Harris succeeds the late Michael J. Egan as the trust’s legal counsel. Egan, an attorney with Norris McLaughlin, P.A. (formerly known as Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino) until the time of his death in January 2012, was the scrivener of and legal counsel to The Century Fund trust. He also served as legal counsel to Call-Chronicle Newspapers until its sale to The Times-Mirror Company in 1984.
Harris, has over twenty-five years of experience in the areas of taxation, wills and trusts, and estate administration. In addition to creating estate plans from the most basic to the most sophisticated wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, Harris’s specialties include business matters involving corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Harris’s practice also includes charitable trusts and foundations; and representation of estates, trusts, and beneficiaries in disputes before the Orphans’ Court. She routinely handles the resolution of tax controversies for business and individual taxpayers before all divisions (civil and criminal) of the Internal Revenue Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. These cases often involve the resolution of estate, business, and individual audits; or collection efforts such as liens, levies, and garnishments by the IRS and state taxing authorities.
In her work as an estate planning attorney, Harris frequently structures the optimal transfer of a client’s wealth and business interests to younger generations with minimal tax consequences.
Harris serves as a board member and an Executive Committee member of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She is past President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley. From 1993 to 2000 she was an adjunct instructor of “Wills, Trusts, and Estates” at Penn State University’s Lehigh Valley Campus.
A board member since 1993 and a former officer of the Allentown Symphony, she is also a board member of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society and a board member and past President of the Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, Inc. Harris served for 10 years on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority board of governors, where she chaired the Personnel and Law committee.
Harris earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 1991, her J.D. from American University in 1986, and her A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1983.