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Richard H. Harris, III

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Biography

Richard is Chair of the Estate, Succession Planning and Probate Administration Practice Group. He has significant experience counseling clients in the areas of business succession planning, trust and estate administration, estate planning and charitable gift planning. Richard’s practice includes Medicaid planning for the elderly and estate planning for individuals with disabilities. He has represented numerous fiduciaries in the probate administration of estates and in trust administration matters. Richard is an experienced preparer of estate and gift tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns. He has also been involved in probate litigation matters involving the construction of wills and/or trust documents, contested guardianships, and will contest actions.

Richard is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Biography

    Richard is Chair of the Estate, Succession Planning and Probate Administration Practice Group. He has significant experience counseling clients in the areas of business succession planning, trust and estate administration, estate planning and charitable gift planning. Richard’s practice includes Medicaid planning for the elderly and estate planning for individuals with disabilities. He has represented numerous fiduciaries in the probate administration of estates and in trust administration matters. Richard is an experienced preparer of estate and gift tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns. He has also been involved in probate litigation matters involving the construction of wills and/or trust documents, contested guardianships, and will contest actions.

    Richard is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Professional & Civic Activities
    • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council
    • Akron Bar Association, Probate Section and Akron Tax and Estate Planning Council, Former President
    • Greater Akron Musical Association (Akron Symphony), Advisory Trustee, Foundation Board
    • Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust, Trust Advisor
    • Akron General Development Foundation, Vice Chair
    • Albrecht, Incorporated, Board of Directors
    • Akron Art Museum, Member, Board of Directors and Treasurer
    • Summa Health Care System, Home Health and Hospice Professional Advisory Board, Member
    • Richard is a frequent author and speaker on estate planning and probate topics
  • Articles & Presentations
    • "New Ohio Asset Protection Statute," M.D. News (May-June 2013)
    • Speaker, New Trust Law Can Shield Against Creditors, Spring Seminar, Akron/Hilton  (April 25, 2013)
    • "Asset Protection - How a New Ohio Law Will Provide a Shield Against Creditors,"  Smart Business News  (March 2013)
    • Presenter at the 2010 Ohio ACTEC meeting - "Ohio Legislative Update"
    • “Key Provisions of the Ohio Trust Code from the Attorney’s Perspective”(Probate Law Journal of Ohio)
    • Presenter at the OSBA Pliskin Institute: “The Ohio Trust Code: The Estate Planner’s Perspective”
  • Distinctions
    • Named Best Lawyers® Trusts & Estates Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Akron, Ohio — 2015 & 2017
    • The Best Lawyers in America© through a peer-review survey as listed in the Trusts and Estates section — 2007-2018
    • Cleveland’s Legal Leaders™ – Top Rated Lawyer in General Practice, and Trusts and Estates — 2013
    • Ohio Super Lawyers® through a peer- and achievement-based review conducted by the research team at Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters legal division — 2007-2017