Allentown, PA (February 12, 2015) – Judith A. Harris, Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was featured as a guest on Laurie A. Siebert’s weekly program, “Your Financial Choices.” The segment, entitled “Recent Changes to the Power of Attorney Statute and What it Means to You,” aired on WDIY Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio on February 4, 2015. 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, and again in 2014.
“The new Pennsylvania Power of Attorney law imposes significant and detailed changes which should concern every Pennsylvania resident, as well as every person appointed to serve as agent for a Pennsylvania resident. I was delighted to present these changes to the WDIY listening audience, and to answer their excellent questions,” said Harris.
Harris has over 28 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.