Mark K. Harder

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Holland, MI

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
 | 99 East Eigth St, Suite 200
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-426-8174
Fax: 616-494-3525
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (90%),
  • Closely Held Business (10%)
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Mark Harder, chair of the firm's Private Client and Family Office Group, has dedicated his practice to counseling and representing high net worth individuals, families, family businesses and their owners, and closely held businesses. He provides his clients with estate planning and estate settlement services, advises on family business succession planning matters, represents family and closely held businesses in their day to day business matters, and serves as an adviser and counselor on legal matters to businesses, individuals, and their families.

Mark chaired the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan and also 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. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate Planning & Probate (90%): Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Closely Held Business (10%)

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About Mark Harder

Admitted: 1991, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://www.wnj.com/Professionals/Attorneys/Mark-K-Harder

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 2005-Present
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014-Present
  • Named a “2010 Thought Leader in the Law” by Business Review West Michigan
  • Named 2017 and 2010 Lawyer of the Year for Trusts and Estates in the Grand Rapids area by Best Lawyers in America
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-Present
  • Charter Member, Leading Lawyers Advisor Board, 2013-Present
  • Ranked in Private Wealth Law – Michigan, Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2016-17
  • Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, 2006-Present
  • Selected by Michigan Super Lawyers to the Top 50 Consumer lists, 2013-16
  • Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • Named as one of the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Chair, Uniform Principal and Income Act Amendments Task Force, 2009-12
  • Michigan, 1991
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; Business Law Section; Taxation Section; Law Practice Management Section
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Member, Long Range Planning Task Force, 2011-12
  • American Bar Foundation
  • State Bar of Michigan, Tax Section
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Chair, 2012-13
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Member, Advisory Board, 2007-Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Secretary, 2009-10
  • Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, Treasurer, 2010-11
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Michigan Trust Code Committee Chair and Reporter, 2003-10
  • Wisconsin, 1986
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Member, Decanting Committee, 2010-12
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Ex Officio Member of the Council, 2013-Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, State Laws Committee, 2007-14
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Vice Chair, 2010-11
  • Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, Member, 1995-Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Council Member, 2002-09
  • Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, 2007 and 2008 Annual Conference Planning Chair
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Chair, Amicus Curiae Committee, 2002-09
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Member, Nominating Committee, 2013-16
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow, 2006-Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Chair-Elect, 2011-12
  • Family Firm Institute
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Treasurer, 2008-09
  • Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, Past Member, Board of Directors, 2005-10

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Center for Women in Transition, Finance Committee, 1998-03
  • Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, Board of Trustees, 2014-Present
  • Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman, Leadership Holland Selection Committee, 1996-98
  • Center for Women in Transition, Treasurer, Executive Committee, 1997-01
  • Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, Development Committee, 2013-Present
  • Hospice of Holland Center, Member, Professional Advisory Committee, 1998-06
  • Center for Women in Transition, Board Member, 1996-00
  • Children's Talent Center, Regional Advisory Board, 1995-98
  • Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, Board Chair, 2017
  • Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Holland Executive Committee, 1998

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter, "Governance for the Family Business: Best Practices that Recognize the Uniqueness of the Family Business," Grand Rapids Bar Association, November 2007
  • Presenter, “Drafting Client Letters,” 26th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents, ICLE, February 2017
  • Final Portability Regulations Released, 6/17/2015
  • "A Closer Look at the Michigan Trust Code:  What’s New – What’s In – What’s Next?," Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Winter 2009
  • Presenter, "Succession Planning for the Large and Small Family Business: An Overview with Illustrated Case Studies," Northern Michigan Estate Planning Council, November 2007
  • Presenter, “Estate Settlement Readiness,” 2016 Family Office Exchange Financial Executives Form, July 19-20, 2016, Chicago, Illinois
  • Michigan Trust Code: A Major Change in the Legal Landscape, 11/16/2009
  • Presenter, "The Succession Planning Process," Family Business Alliance, June 2007
  • Presenter, “Selecting the Right Trustee – Know Your Options,” 2016 Family Office Exchange Trustees and Beneficiaries Workshop, June 22-23, 2016, New York, New York
  • Estate Planning Focus - Fall 2009, 11/16/2009
  • Presenter, "Drafting in Anticipation of the UTC," 47th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, ICLE May/June 2007
  • Presenter, "Selecting the Right Trustee – Know Your Options," 2015 Family Office Exchange Trustees and Beneficiaries Workshop, November 17, 2015, New York, New York
  • What Every Trust Officer Needs To Know About the Michigan Trust Code, 10/1/2009
  • Presenter, "The Michigan Trust Code: An Overview," Jackson Area Estate Planning Council, January 2007
  • Co-Presenter, "Tax and Estate Update," Family Office Exchange Financial Executives Forum, July 21-22, 2015, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Michigan Trust Code: An Overview, 8/1/2009
  • Presenter, "The Michigan Trust Code: September 2006 Status Report and Overview," Annual Meeting of the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, September 2006
  • Co-Presenter, "Achieve Income Tax Advantages and Protect Your Client's Desires," 55th Annual Probate & Estate Planning Institute (ICLE), June 20, 2015, Plymouth, Michigan
  • Governor Signs New Michigan Trust Code, 6/19/2009
  • Presenter, "The Michigan Trust Code: A Status Report and Overview," Annual Meeting of the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, September 2005
  • Presenter, Drafting for Portability, 24th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents, ICLE, January/February 2015
  • The Michigan Trust Code: Its Organization and Structure, 4/1/2009
  • Presenter, "Introduction to the Uniform Trust Code – A Preview of Things to Come," 45th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, ICLE May/June 2005
  • Presenter, Case Studies in Portability, 54th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, ICLE, May/June 2014
  • Presenter, “Drafting for Uncertain Times: Dealing with the New Certainty in the Tax Laws (As Well As Life’s Unknowns),” 22nd Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents seminar, February 14, 2013, Plymouth, Michigan
  • "The Michigan Trust Code:  Its Organization and Structure," Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Spring 2009
  • Co-Presenter, "What’s It Worth? – Valuing the Family Held Business," Family Business Quarterly Forum, February 2005
  • Presenter, “Drafting for Uncertain Times: Dealing with the New Certainty in the Tax Laws (As Well As Life’s Unknowns),” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, January 24, 2013, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "The Michigan Trust Code:  Some Things Old and Some Things New," Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Winter 2008
  • Presenter, "Selecting and Working with Valuation Firms," Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises 2004 Annual Conference, May 2004
  • Presenter, "Ownership Transition & Estate Planning in 2012: Key Considerations," West Michigan WPO Forum, September 2012
  • The Michigan Trust Code: Some Things Old and Some Things New, 12/1/2008
  • Presenter, "Selecting and Working with Valuation Firms," Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Family Owned Business Service Providers Group, April 2004
  • Presenter, "Uniform Principal and Income Act: Best Practices for Process and Substance," Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, June 15, 2012
  • Estate Planning Focus - Fall 2007, 12/1/2007
  • Presenter, "Tax Sensitive Trustee Powers," “Planning Techniques for the Taxable Estate," ICLE December 2003
  • Presenter, "One Year Later: Michigan Trust Code Lessons Learned (or Not)," 51st Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, ICLE, May/June 2011
  • Management and the Family Business Succession Plan, 9/1/2007
  • Presenter, "MTC Lessons Learned and One-Year Update," The Michigan Trust Code’s First Year:  A Look Back & Forward, ICLE, April 2011
  • Writing a Succession Plan to Describe the Succession Plan, 9/1/2007
  • Presenter, "The Michigan Trust Code:  Lessons From the First Nine Months," Calhoun County Estate Planning Council, January 2011
  • Estate Planning Focus - Summer 2007, 6/19/2007
  • Presenter, "The New Michigan Trust Code: What Lawyers, Accountants, and the Financial Community Need to Know Now!," Berrien County Bar Association and Southwest Michigan Estate Planning Council, January 2011
  • Buy and Sell Agreements: An Important Part of Your Family's Estate and Business Succession Plan, 6/1/2005
  • Presenter, "Estate Planning in 2011 and Beyond," YPO Forum, January 2011
  • Estate Planning Focus - Spring 2005, 4/4/2005
  • Presenter, "The Michigan Trust Code: Lessons From the First Six Months," Midwest Trust and Wealth Management Conference, October 2010
  • "A Report from the Probate and Estate Planning Section’s Uniform Trust Code Committee," Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Spring 2005
  • Presenter, "The New Michigan Trust Code:  What Lawyers, Accountants, and the Financial Community Need to Know Now!," Jewish Community Endowment Fund Professional Advisors Committee, May 2010
  • Internal Barriers Threaten Succession, 10/25/2004
  • Presenter, "It’s Official: The New Michigan Trust Code and Its Key Provisions," 50th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, ICLE May/June 2010
  • Estate Planning Focus - Spring 2004, 4/1/2004
  • Presenter, "Introducing the Michigan Trust Code," The Michigan Trust Code:  A New Era Seminar, Michigan Bankers Association, February 2010
  • Using Family Meetings In Your Family Business Succession Plan, 3/5/2004
  • Using Outside Directors in Family Businesses, 5/19/2003
  • Presenter, "An Introduction to the New Michigan Trust Code," The New Michigan Trust Code, ICLE January/February 2010
  • Estate Planning Focus - Spring 2003, 4/1/2003
  • Author, ICLE Commentary to the Michigan Uniform Principal and Income Act, Michigan Probate Sourcebook, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Ongoing Administration of Trusts," The New Michigan Trust Code, ICLE January/February 2010
  • Making Management Succession A Part of Your Business' Succession Plan, 10/1/2001
  • “New Insurable Interest Statute Provides Certainty to Trustees of Insurance Trusts,” Michigan Banker, April 2014
  • Co-Presenter and Moderator, "Michigan Trust Code: Conversations with the Commentator," Eight installment video series, ICLE 2009-2010
  • Estate Planning Alert, 9/1/2001
  • "Trust Code Gains More Certainty," Grand Rapids Business Journal, 2/28/2014
  • Presenter, "Introducing the Michigan Trust Code: A Primer for Lawyers and Judges," Livingston County Bar Association, November 2009
  • Estate Planning Alert, 6/1/2001
  • Lawmakers Strengthen Michigan’s Trust Code to Ensure That Death Benefits Can Be Paid to Insurance Trusts, 2/12/2014
  • Presenter, "The Michigan Trust Code: An Introduction for Attorneys, Accountants, Financial Planners and Trust Officers," Calhoun County Estate Planning Council, November 2009
  • Getting Started on Your Succession Plan, 5/1/2001
  • Michigan continues to modernize trust laws, authorizes Domestic Asset Protection Trusts, 12/12/2016
  • Presenter, "Legislative Developments Affecting Succession of the Family Business," Family Business Alliance Annual Forum (October 2009)
  • Getting Started on Your Succession Plan, 5/1/2001
  • Co-Author, with John H. Martin, Estates and Protected Individuals Code (2010, 2011, 2012,  Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Presenter, "What Every Trust Officer Needs to Know About the Michigan Trust Code," Midwest Trust and Wealth Management Conference, October 2009
  • Presenter, "The Michigan Trust Code: An Introduction for Attorneys, Accountants, Financial Planners and Trust Officers," West Michigan Estate Planning Council, October 2009
  • Estate Planning Focus - Spring 2001, 4/1/2001
  • "Introducing the Michigan Trust Code," Michigan Bar Journal, May 2010
  • Presenter, "The Michigan Trust Code: An Introduction for Attorneys, Accountants, Financial Planners and Trust Officers," Lakeshore Estate Planning Council, October 2009
  • Estate Planning Focus - Winter 2001, 2/1/2001
  • Co-Author of Estate and Protected Individuals Code With Reporters' Commentary (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Presenter, "The Michigan Trust Code: Some Things Old, Some Things New, Some Things Borrowed, Some Things Blue To Do," 49th Annual Probate & Estate Planning Institute, ICLE May/June 2009
  • Presenter, “Selecting the Right Trustee – Know Your Options,” 2017 Family Office Exchange Trustees and Beneficiaries Workshop, June 20-21, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia 
  • Contributing Author, Chapter 15:  Planning for a Surviving Spouse, Michigan Estate Planning Handbook, ICLE, 2016, 2017
  • Presenter, "Family Constitutions: A Framework for Family and Business Success," Family Business Alliance, February 2008
  • Presenter, “Drafting Client Letters,” 26th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents, ICLE, February 2017
  • Proposed IRS Valuation Regulations Create Narrow Window to Transfer Business Interests on Favorable Basis , 8/4/2016

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Educational Background:

  • University of Iowa B.B.A. with high distinction, 1983

Industry Groups

  • Family Businesses
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99 East Eigth St
Suite 200
Holland, MI 49423

Phone: 616-426-8174

Fax: 616-494-3525

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