Harris Markhoff

office: White Plains

p: 914.948.1556


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  • Admitted to practice in New York State
  • LL.B., Columbia Law School, 1963
  • A.B., Columbia College, 1960
  • Past President, White Plains Bar Association (1990)
  • Past President, Estate Planning Council of Westchester County, Inc. (1975-1976)
  • Past President of the Benjamin Cardozo Society - UJA Federation (1997-1999)
  • Director, Westchester County Bar Association (1989-1995) and past Chairman of the Sections on Taxation (1973-1974) and Trusts and Estates (1995-1996)
  • Director, Estate Planning Council of New York City, Inc. (1989-1992)
  • Member, Estate Planning Committee, Trusts & Estates Section, New York State Bar Association (1978-1979)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Sections on Taxation and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
  • Member, Board of Directors, Westchester Holocaust Education Center
  • 2007-2008 New York Super Lawyers - Tax category
  • 2013 Best Lawyers in America - Lawyer of the Year - Trusts and Estates
  • 1989-2022 Best Lawyers in America - Trusts and Estates
  • 1989-1990 & 2006-2022 Best Lawyers in America - Corporate Law
  • Westchester Magazine list of top lawyers

Harris Markhoff

Senior Partner

Harris Markhoff, a founder of the firm, has a broad business and tax practice which includes counseling individuals, professional corporations, closely held and family-owned businesses on a wide range of corporate, tax and estate planning issues. He negotiates and structures joint ventures, partnerships, buy-sell agreements, stockholder arrangements, the acquisition and sale of businesses, and other business transactions and relationships. He also counsels clients in the context of dispute resolution and dissolution of business relationships.

A leading tax lawyer, Harris counsels clients on strategies to minimize income and estate taxes. He is particularly experienced in pension and profit-sharing law and the tax issues affecting the owners of closely held businesses and the succession of those businesses.

Harris is also involved in all aspects of estate planning and administration. He works with clients to implement the disposition of their assets so as to minimize estate taxes and maximize intergenerational planning. Harris devises estate plans which will result in the orderly transition of family wealth from one generation to the next. Harris works with many families and in particular grandparents and parents who are very concerned about the ultimate disposition of their assets to grandchildren and children. He is involved in gift programs and the preparation of Wills and Trusts, with particular emphasis on succession planning for close corporations. Harris is also involved in the supervision of estate administration and in particular the preparation and audit of federal and state estate tax returns.

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