Mark K. Harder, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been elected secretary of the Michigan State Bar's Probate and Estate Planning Section.
Harder, who concentrates his practices in trusts and estates law, will serve a one-year term as secretary of the section. He recently completed a term as treasurer. The section works to enhance and improve the practice and administration of probate and estate planning law through a variety of vehicles, including advising the legislature and courts on pending matters, educational outreach to other members of the Bar and the public, publication of a journal, sponsoring seminars and related activities.
Harder was instrumental in drafting the new Michigan Trust Code, chairing the State Bar of Michigan committee that spent more than five years writing the legislation that governs how trusts are established and administered in the state. The Michigan Trust Code both modernizes and provides uniformity for the law of trusts, filling in important gaps in the previous legislation.
As chair, he oversaw the drafting of the Code, negotiated its terms with other stakeholders and provided testimony at the Senate and House Judiciary Committee hearings on the legislation. The new state law will go into effect April 1, 2010.
Active both personally and professionally, Harder is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Michigan State Bar Foundation. He serves on the State Laws Committee of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, where he is a fellow.
He has held leadership and board positions with numerous organizations, including the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Women in Transition. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers.
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