With more than 35 years of tax law experience, Debra T. Hirsch represents clients in sophisticated federal, New Jersey and New York gift and estate tax planning, charitable planning, preparation of wills and trusts and estate administration.
She has prepared more than 500 wills and hundreds of estate plans in her career for clients who range from young professionals just starting to accumulate wealth to successful individuals who have amassed significant assets.
Debra is adept at explaining complex tax structures in understandable terms and possesses a particularly patient and sensitive demeanor that attracts clients who have recently gone through emotional life changes. Debra customizes estate plans to her clients’ needs, not just their assets, taking time to understand their individual personal goals.
In addition, Debra has a particular focus on advising individuals and fiduciaries on certain matters involving the United States and Israel, such as U.S. estate planning for dual citizens who are residents of Israel, and tax issues involving U.S. citizens who have children or grandchildren in Israel, particularly in connection with recent changes to the Israeli trust income tax law.
Along with the Morristown office, Debra also conducts her practice from the New York office and the firm’s Business Center location in Hackensack, NJ. Prior to joining the firm, Debra was with Deener, Hirsch & Shramenko, P.C. for 20 years. Prior to that, Debra was in the tax department of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP for more than five years.
Debra is a sought-after lecturer on various tax law-related topics. She has presented before professional groups and community organizations, including the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the National Business Institute, on the subjects of sophisticated gift and estate tax planning, closely held family businesses, and trusts and estates.
- New York University School of Law (Courses in LL.M. in Taxation program)
- Columbia Law School (J.D., 1980)
- State University of New York at Stony Brook (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1977)
- Bergen County Bar Association
- American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
- Englewood Mikvah Association (Former Board Member)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS : Congregation Ahavath Torah
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. Tax Court
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
BAR ADMISSIONS : New Jersey, New York
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