Shelly Wald Harris is a partner in the West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group. Shelly is Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates by the Florida Bar. She is also experienced with numerous tools, such as Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs), Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs), Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs), and Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs).
Shelly counsels clients on their future goals and helps them navigate the estate planning process. She works with individuals and families of moderate to high net worth in their estate, trust, and charitable planning. She is experienced in building custom plans that make the best use of revocable, irrevocable, charitable, insurance, and dynasty (generation skipping) trusts to optimize her clients’ personal and tax goals while protecting their assets.
In addition, Shelly represents corporate and individual fiduciaries with respect to trust and estate administration. She administers estates and represents trustees, personal representatives, and other fiduciaries as well as beneficiaries and creditors of estates in transactional and litigation matters. She prepares estate tax returns, gift tax returns, and accountings.
She helps couples with residences and premarital agreements, and families with passing down family businesses, obtaining private letter rulings from the IRS, advance directives (such as health care surrogates and living wills) and various elder law issues. Shelly also enjoys representing not-for-profit entities both in their creation and application for tax exempt status as well as advising them on their ongoing activities.
Shelly is the co-author of Florida Estate Planning, part of West’s Florida Practice Series published by Thomson Reuters, which she updates annually, and the author of chapters in various continuing legal education books for attorneys. She has given lectures to other attorneys, accountants, financial planners and paralegals on various estate planning and estate administration issues.
- University of Miami, J.D., cum laude, 1998
- Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1995
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES:
- Graduate of Class II, Florida Fellows Institute, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
- Trust Law Committee, Real Property, Probate, & Trust Law Section, The Florida Bar
- Probate Law & Procedure Committee, Real Property, Probate, & Trust Law Section, The Florida Bar
- Probate/Guardianship Practice Committee, Palm Beach County Bar Association
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