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Judith A. Harris Leads Estate Planning Presentation for First Presbyterian Church of Allentown

Posted on November 16th, 2011


November 16, 2011

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Judith A. Harris Leads Estate Planning Presentation for First Presbyterian Church of Allentown

Allentown, PA (November 16, 2011) – Judith A. Harris, a Member of Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin, P.A.; Larry E. Moyer, CLU ChFC AEP; and the Reverend Michael A. Drake, Associate Pastor for Organizational Leadership; recently presented “Is Your Estate Planning House In Order?” to members of First Presbyterian Church of Allentown on behalf of the church’s Planned Giving Committee, on November 13, 2011. The presentation explored the elements of a complete estate plan, including important legal documents, financial information, and information for one’s advisors and family concerning personal financial objectives and charitable wishes.

“Congregants in attendance included current and retired business owners, health care professionals, educators, and other community leaders. The Planned Giving Committee anticipates offering future seminars to address specific estate planning issues of interest to its congregation,” said Harris, a member of the Committee.

Harris, Chair of the Estate, Trust and Tax Practice Group of the Pennsylvania office, 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.

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