Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partner Mark K. Harder has been appointed to two committees of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Harder was appointed to the Business Planning and Practice committees at the 2019 ACTEC annual meeting, his role effective immediately and each term lasting one year. Currently chair of the Firm’s Private Client and Family Office Group, he was elected a Fellow in 2006.
Becoming an ACTEC Fellow is the highest designation for trusts and estates attorneys. Only experienced trust and estate attorneys with a reputation for excellence among their peers and who have made substantial contributions to the field through lecturing, writing, teaching and Bar activities are extended an invitation to join ACTEC. To date, about 2,700 lawyers from throughout the United States are ACTEC Fellows.
The Business Planning Committee considers planning approaches and techniques under present law with emphasis on income and transfer tax considerations faced by taxpayers whose major assets are interests in businesses. The Practice Committee works to address the manner in which trust and estate attorneys can improve their practices and lives, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Harder concentrates his practice in estate planning and administration for high-net-worth individuals and in the representation of family-owned businesses and their owners.
Active both personally and professionally, he is an American Bar Association Fellow and member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the State Bar of Michigan. Harder chaired the State Bar of Michigan committee that spent more than five years writing the Michigan Trust Code, which governs how trusts are established and administered in the state.
Harder has held leadership and board positions with numerous organizations, including the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.
Harder has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America
since 2005, which recognized him as Lawyer of the Year in the Grand Rapids area for trusts and estates law in 2010 and 2017. He has been ranked in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide
since 2016 and recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers
, which named him to the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers
in 2017 and to other top lists.
Harder holds a bachelor’s degree of business administration with high distinction
from the University of Iowa and his doctor of jurisprudence with highest distinction
from the University of Iowa College of Law.
About the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a professional association consisting of approximately 2,700 lawyers from throughout the United States. Fellows of the College are nominated for and then elected to membership on the basis of professional reputation and ability in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching and bar activities. ACTEC strives to maintain an international association of lawyers skilled and experienced in all aspects of trust and estate planning.
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