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Lindsay M. Harris

Estate planning Attorney at Sioux Falls, SD

4.6   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State SD
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Lindsay

Learn Lindsay’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Business
    20%
    Whether you are creating a business, running a business, or dissolving/selling your business, I can assist using a common sense approach learned through helping hundreds of businesses. I create and work with all entity types including: Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Family Limited Partnerships, Corporations (S&C), General Partnerships, Sole Proprietorships, Charities, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Liability Limited Partnerships, and I handle all Transactional Matters.

    13 years

  2. Corporate and incorporation
    20%
    No matter the size of your business, Corporate and Transactional work requires a common sense approach handled by a dedicated attorney. Our fee structure and experience allows us to be a trusted resource for hundreds of our clients. I focus on building and maintaining relationships, not on billing for every phone call or email. I want you to call me with your questions and concerns to ensure your actions are promoting the overall health of the business.

    13 years

  3. Estate planning
    20%
    If you have $1 or $1 Million you have an estate. I assist families of all sizes in planning for their death and disability through Wills, Living Wills, Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Physician Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Tax Efficiency Planning, Advanced Planning, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Property Powers of Attorney, HIPPA Authorizations, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Medicaid and Nursing Home Planning.

    13 years

  4. Probate
    20%
    When a loved one passes away with or without a will, their property is passed through the probate process. If they had a trust, then the court process may be avoided & the trust should be administered by a qualified attorney. I assist families through the probate & trust administration process on a daily basis. I have experience filing federal estate tax returns (706) & federal gift tax returns (709). When a loved one passes, my goal is to make the legal process as simple as possible.

    13 years

  5. Trusts
    20%
    Whether you need to create a trust or a will, I will walk you through your options and recommend a plan that fits your family. From simple wills to advanced trusts, I have the tools and experience to ensure that the plan is as tax efficient as possible while still maintaining your goals. Creating a great plan requires a dedicated attorney who continually advances her education with the constant changes in the law and tax code. I have over 60 continuing legal education credits in the last year.

    13 years

Lindsay M. Harris is the succession planner for your life and business. Lindsay is the managing attorney and CEO of Harris Law & Co. Lindsay protects what is most important to you by using forward-thinking and creative solutions derived from exceptional expertise. She is a big believer that culture drives quality and the values-based law firm she has established instills that culture into every plan put into place.

Lindsay’s insight and experience allow her to uniquely address her clients’ goals and concerns. Family is everything to Lindsay. She finds joy and fulfillment in working to help protect what is most important to people - their family and their business. Whether it is creating wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts, or advanced business plans such as family limited partnerships, limited liability companies, or corporations, Lindsay’s passion is to ensure that every family and business is protected when life-changing events occur. 

From representing large companies to small family farms, Lindsay has seen first hand the legal challenges businesses face and is prepared and equipped to help you every step of the way. She strives to become a trusted resource for all of the businesses she represents to ensure that every transaction helps promote the overall health of the business. Whether it is setting up a new business, selling a business, or daily business tasks, corporate work requires a common-sense perspective led by a focused attorney. Lindsay wants to work on your business so you can work in your business. 

Outside of the office, Lindsay can be found on the tee box, ski hill, or in front of her art easel. She enjoys spending Saturday mornings having coffee with her grandparents and playing with her nieces and nephews. As community involvement is important to Lindsay, you may also find her volunteering for various organizations in the Harrisburg and Sioux Falls communities. Currently, she sits as the president of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Fund Development Committee for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls. Although the best use of her talents may be her mind, Habitat lets her swing a hammer every now and again.

Practice Areas

Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills, Irrevocable Trusts, Charitable Planning, Financial Planning, Taxable Planning, Asset Protection, Special Needs Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Physician Planning, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Probate, Trust Administration, Business and Corporate Law, Transactional Law, Entity Selection, Business Dissolutions, Business Succession Planning, and Corporate Matters.

Associations

Lindsay is licensed in South Dakota. She is a member of the South Dakota Bar Association, American Bar Association, Second Circuit Bar Association, Wealth Counsel, South Dakota Young Lawyer’s Association, Sioux Falls Estate Planning Council, Young Professionals Network and, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. 

Education

Lindsay graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of South Dakota and graduated with High Honors from the University of South Dakota School of Law. While in law school, Lindsay was an active member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and took 2nd place at the American Bar Association’s Mediation Competition in Texas. Lindsay was also an active member of the Trial Team, Women in Law, and the Innocence Project. Lindsay maintains over 60 hours of continuing education every year in her field.

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Location

Harris Law & Co.
5019 S Bur Oak Pl.
Sioux Falls, SD, 57108

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
Posted by Lynn | January 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Glad I hired this law firm! Excellent lawyers and staff
I would definitely highly recommend this law firm. I give them a 10+ for responding to phone calls and emails, reasonable fees, educated and experienced staff, good work ethic, helpful, empathetic and produced some excellent briefs that won the case. Lindsey Harris and Rebekkah Mouw both worked diligently and did a superb job putting together the briefs and documents for this case. I flew in from California and Rebekkah met me at the Courthouse and her arguments before the Judge, cross-examination of witnesses and experience with Conservatorship law resulted in a positive outcome. I hired and conducted business over the phone with these lawyers from California and asked if they could litigate a Conservatorship case in a town 3-hours away from their home office and they responded "no problem". I had read previous clients positive comments and reviews and after interviewing them over the phone I decided to hire Harris Law & Trust. All staff were very professional and helpful and worked diligently since we had only 8 days to get all paperwork and briefs filed at the respective courthouse. I'm so happy with their services and their efforts to drive three hours from their office to handle this case. If I have any further legal issues in South Dakota I would definitely contact them in the future to represent me. Thank you to all the wonderful and helpful staff that I spoke to ...
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Posted by Karen | April 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Karen
Lindsay and her team are great to work with, extremely knowledgeable and timely. We are a small business and have needed several contracts written up. She is very professional and the whole process was easy to accomplish with her handling the situation.
Posted by Brian | April 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient and Professional
I worked with Lindsay to complete some estate planning for myself and family. I put this off for much longer than I should have. Before meeting with Lindsay, I felt intimidated by the task. Turns out, I had no reason to be. Lindsay was exceptionally organized and guided me through the entire process with ease. It's such a relief to have this done and feel that it was done right. I would recommend her to anyone. Nikki was great to work with too.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent professional services
We first contacted Lindsay and her staff to help with our trusts. Not only was she thorough, but she was incredibly friendly and communicated with us throughout the entire process. We would highly recommend anyone to work with Harris Law and Trust.
Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly an amazing experience
From the minute you enter the office you know you will be taken care of, and will be able to rest easily. Everyone in the office welcomes you with open arms, and makes sure you feel comfortable. Miss Harris goes above and beyond in order to make sure you know exactly what you are signing, and that everything is neatly tied up in a bow.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Emily
Lindsay has always been a great help to myself and my business. She takes the time to be extremely thorough and explain everything to me. She is well organized and always responds in a timely manner. I never have to question if I’m in good hands with Lindsay and her team!
Posted by Anne | April 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick & Exceeded Expectations
I worked with Lindsay on getting contracts into place for my business. I own rental units and some commercial property. Lindsay had everything to me before she told me she would and with a written summary so I would remember what the contracts said and why certain provisions were included. Although she went through the contracts with me in person, it is nice to be able to refresh my memory. She also pointed out a few different ways my business needed more protection. I am grateful I was referred to Lindsay. My previous attorney felt more like a paper pusher. Lindsay gave practical advice that I actually understood.
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Posted by Jordan | June 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Law
I met Lindsay about 6 months ago and she quickly became my go to for all business law. As a Business Banker I have gained full confidence in Lindsay's vast knowledge and thorough approach to business law. From setting up a legal entity to developing an exit strategy, Lindsay is at the top of her field. She not only goes above and beyond what my clients expect, but also goes beyond what other attorneys in her market provide. Her knowledge of both Business and Estate planning makes her the best fit for any family owned business.
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Posted by William | December 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgeable, Caring
A family member turned me to Lindsay Harris. I needed the full boat, a complete plan from the ground up, and that was a scary place to be. The first time we met, we talked for a long time. She asked about my family, my lifestyle, my wants and needs, my dreams, my career and so much more. She came up with a strategy and plan for the rest of my life. At each step of the process, she didn't just say sign here, sign there; she actually explained different options, and gave her professional opinion on each subject. It was truly the most stress free experience, and I know that I am in good hands with Lindsay now. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
AQUAINTANCE
WHEN VISITING WITH LINSAY HARRIS, WE FOUND HER TO BE A CONSCIENTIOUS, LOVING, AND CARING PERSON. SHE IS HARD WORKING, THROUGH, AND DEDICATED TO HER WORK. SHE WILL HAVE YOUR BEST INTEREST AT HEART, AND YOU WILL ONLY GET THE BRST FROM HER.
Posted by Alen | August 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A good Lawyer
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Posted by Amber | April 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
No communication
I had contacted Ms.Harris' office and spoke to both her and an assistant. I needed a couple of contracts to be reviewed. They both told me on several different occasions that they would by a certain date and never did. I had to find a different attorney because my deadlines were about up. I would be cautious. If you have all the time in the world, then this is your gal.
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Response from Lindsay Harris April 24, 2019
We are sorry you had a bad experience. This matter does not sound familiar. Once we are retained by our clients we guarantee our work to be completed by the deadlines set as agreed upon in our legal services agreement. We strive to meet and exceed all of our clients' expectations. Please contact me directly if you have specific concerns you would like to discuss.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney & CEO
  • Harris Law & Co.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • South Dakota Law Firms - Estate & Business Law
  • 2012 - 2018

Education

  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of South Dakota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009
  • University of South Dakota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of *********
  • Probate closed in under 5 months; negotiated successful settlement with bankruptcy trustee; and recovered/accounted for all missing assets.

Associations

  • The Bakery
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Sioux Falls Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Young Professionals Network
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Second Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • South Dakota Young Lawyer's Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star - Top 2.5% Attorney in Field
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star - Top 2.5% Attorney in Field
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Mediation Finalist
  • American Bar Association
  • 2012
  • High Honors Distinction
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 2012
  • First Place in Client Counseling
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 2010
  • Summa Cum Laude Distinction
  • University of South Dakota
  • 2009
  • Nelson Shield Award
  • University of South Dakota
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Article
  • Standard Form Contracts: Don’t End Up Like Sofia Vergara!
  • 2015
  • Article
  • Estate Planning for your Embryos: Do You Have a Plan?
  • 2015
  • Article
  • Christmas is Around the Corner: Is the IRS in a Gifting Mood?
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trusts 101
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2019
  • Trusts 101
  • Estate Planning for the Disabled - Special Needs Trusts
  • 2019
  • Estate Planning for Farming and Ranching
  • Planning for a Gradual Transfer within the Family
  • 2019
  • Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers
  • Medicaid (Long-Term) Planning for Farmers and Ranchers
  • 2019
  • Probate 101
  • Complex Issues in Estate Administration
  • 2018
  • Probate 101
  • Ethics in Estate Administration
  • 2018
  • Probate 101
  • Initial Steps and Information Gathering in Probate
  • 2018
  • Succession Planning
  • Estate Planning Refresher Course
  • 2016
  • Reflect and Connect
  • Organ Donation Declarations
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
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Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As a Business Law specialist, Lindsay is well educated in the law and takes her time to provide a la carte services for each individual client's personalized needs. Not every business is the same, and Lindsay takes her time to understand the circumstances and aspirations for each corporation and business owner. I would recommend her to anyone needing help setting up a corporation, understanding the corporate structure, and managing a business. Lindsay will do her best to help you get things done!"
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lindsay Harris is refreshingly knowledgeable in South Dakota Estate and Business Planning. She always looks out for the best interest of her clients and knows how to get things done. I chose Lindsay to construct my will and she is an excellent listener, well spoken, professional, and knows her way around particularly difficult areas of law. Most importantly, she has given me peace of mind that my child is protected if something were to happen to me. I highly suggest utilizing Lindsay for your estate and business planning needs."
General practice Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have sought the advice from Ms. Harris on a variety of matters, and have always considered her breadth of knowledge, and practicality of advice to be incredibly helpful. Her common sense approach makes walking through complex issues a breeze."
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