Judith A. Harris, Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., P.A., was featured as a guest on Laurie A. Siebert’s weekly program, “Your Financial Choices.” The segment, entitled “Estate Planning Basics,” aired on WDIY Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio during National Estate Planning Awareness Week (October 19-25). Harris is a returning guest to the show, having previously discussed matters including wills, trusts, estates and tax planning strategies on Ms. Siebert’s program in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and earlier this year.
“As a current member and Past President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley, part of our mission is to enhance estate planning awareness amongst the community. I was delighted to do this by discussing estate planning basics to the WDIY listening audience, and to answer their excellent questions,” said Harris.
Harris has over 29 years of experience in the areas of wills and trusts, estate planning, estate administration, and taxation. 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 areas of practice include business matters involving corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies and planning for business succession. 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 businesses and individual taxpayers before various divisions (Civil, Criminal, and Collection) 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 in order to minimize tax consequences. 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.