Eric R. Strauss

Eric R. Strauss

Location:
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Phone:
610-674-0505
866-490-5954 (Toll Free)
Fax:
610-433-3955
Email:

Eric has been with the firm since 1990. He focuses his practice on Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Orphan's Court litigation. He also handles small business matters and related real estate and transactional matters. He received his B.A. from Syracuse University in 1987 and his J.D. from the Western New England College School of Law in 1989. Eric is a member of the Lehigh and Carbon County Bar Associations as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association (member: Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Vice Chair Probate Division 2012-2013) and Lehigh Valley Estate Planning Council.

He has authored numerous articles and frequently lectures to community and professional groups, including the National Business Institute and Pennsylvania Bar Institute, on the topics of estate planning, estate administration, trust administration, fiduciary income tax, Pennsylvania inheritance tax, federal estate tax, and related areas. Eric also devotes time to community organizations including the Allentown YMCA-YWCA, Board of Directors (President 1997-1998), Trustee (1999-present); Lehigh County Senior Center, Board of Directors (2003-2009, Vice President 2009); Boy Scouts of America, Minsi Trails Council and Hawk Mountain Council Volunteer and 2013 National Jamboree Leader; and Huff's Union Church Endowment Committee. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and has earned a BV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer-related directory of attorneys. In his free time, Eric is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his family and listening to music.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts
  • 40% Estate Administration and Taxation
  • 10% Orphans' Court Litigation
  • 10% Real Estate and Business Transactions

Litigation Percentage

  • 10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1992

Education

  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1990
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
    • B.A. - 1987
    • Major: English
    • Minor: Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • "A WONDERFUL SPEAKER; VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE", Probate: Beyond the Basics, National Business Institute (Reading, PA), January 28, 2000
  • "Very good at explaining difficult to understand concepts" "Knowledgeable and professional" "Good delivery." "Approachable with questions", A Practical Guide to Estate Administration in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA) , September 1, 2000 - September 21, 2000
  • "Informative and Precise. " "His speaking and the chapters he wrote were excellent. Very well organized and clear. " "Excellent speaker. Thoroughly knows the topic. Very informative, " "Examples were detail oriented, keeping in mind the careers of the people taking the class. " "Enjoyed your attention to detail. You take this seriously and enjoy what you do. ", Probate Process From Start to Finish, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA), April 26, 2001
  • Elder Law, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA); Rated 4.8 on scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being excellent, July 11, 2002
  • "Good explanation of marital trust. " "Thorough but succinct. " "A lot of info efficiently presented. ", Fundamentals of Estate Planning, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Allentown, PA), June 4, 2004
  • "Eric Strauss is very knowledgeable regarding estates and tax law. " "Well presented", Oddities and Challenges in Pennsylvania Probate Law, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA)
  • "Well prepared and interesting. " "Very informative.", Probate: Beyond the Basics, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA), April 7, 2005
  • "Eric Strauss is a very effective speaker—a little humor keeps everyone interested. "Knowledgeable and humorous, presented in non-legal verbiage. " "Simplified legal language, good explanations of a complicated topic.", Plan While You Can: Estate Planning, Air Products and Chemicals International, Inc. "Lunch and Learn" lecture series (Trexlertown, PA), May 2, 2005
  • "Makes points clearly. Made it easy to follow along with written materials.", Pennsylvania Elder Care Planning: How to Protect Assets and Provide for Services, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA), August 5, 2005
  • "Very eloquent, Explained subject matter with great clarity, Instructed at the right level. Enjoyed his presentation. " " Well versed in topic and presentation. " "Obviously knows the subject very well. Great practical tips. ", The Probate Process from Start to Finish in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA), October 5, 2005
  • "Your contributions to the program reflected the highest degree of professionalism. ", Fundamentals of Estate and Trust Administration, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Allentown, PA), October 19, 2005
  • "Excellent, give him the whole program. " "Excellent— provided practical information. ", Use of Trusts in Estate Planning—Basic Trusts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Mechanicsburg, PA) , January 6, 2006
  • "Very qualified" "Subject is complex and presenters did not hide from the complexity and did a good job of explaining through the complexity, " "Invite them back!" "Excellent program. ", Estate Planning: Federal Estate Taxes, Air Products and Chemicals International, Inc. Lunch and Learn lecture series (Trexlertown, PA) , January 17, 2006
  • "Liked Additional Information from Slides. ", Taxes Affecting Decedent's Estates, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, PA), February 15, 2006
  • "Knowledgeable and Entertaining. ", Confidently Administering the Pennsylvania Estate, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA), March 1, 2006
  • "Excellent presentation, highly recommended. " "Wish he could have talked longer. " "Excellent presenter. " "Thank you Eric for your simplified version making it much easier to understand what many terms mean. ", Estate Planning Seminar, St. Joseph the Worker R.C. Church (Orefield, PA), June 5, 2006
  • "Excellent presentation. Wealth of knowledge on the subject. ", Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA), September 12, 2006
  • "Kept it short and specific. ", Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Act, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, October 12, 2006
  • "Good visual use. Challenged other speakers at appropriate times to (Allentown, PA), The Probate Process From Start to Finish, National Business Institute, December 13, 2006
  • "Attorney Strauss was extremely knowledgeable and explained things in a way that was easy to comprehend. " "Nice presentation, great job answering questions.", The Probate Process from Start to Finish for Paralegals, Institute for Paralegal Education (Allentown, PA), April 24, 2007
  • "Power Point was very nice. " "Great teacher", Use of Trusts in Estate Planning—Basic and Intermediate Trusts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, PA March 13, 2007; Malvern, PA, April 27, 2007), May 17, 2007
  • "Enthusiastic and Informative.", Estate Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, PA), May 21, 2007
  • "Great knowledge and delivery. He also has a great sense of humor. " "Very knowledgeable seemingly in all categories. " "Very clear. Good examples and tips given to understand concept", Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is Important, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA), June 6, 2007
  • Estate Planning Basics, National Business Institute (Philadelphia, PA), August 20, 2007
  • "Extensive knowledge and experience in the topics discussed, ", Oddities and Challenges in Probate Law, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA), December 17, 2007
  • "Very engaging and informative.", Death and Taxes, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Mechanicsburg, PA), January 6, 2008
  • "Our conversation on estate planning was informative and enlightening due to the information you provided. ", Estate Planning Bootcamp, Your Financial Choices, a radio program on WAEB AM790, host Laurie Siebeit CPA,CFP, February 5, 2008
  • "Very clear, excellent. " "Good with examples. " "This was the most informative presentation and the reason I registered for this seminar. ", Death and Taxes, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, PA), February 7, 2008
  • Estate Planning for the Married Couple, Your Financial Choicest radio program on WAEB AM 790, May 16, 2008
  • Estate Administration, Why Each Step is Important, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA)., July 18, 2008
  • "Great. Very easy to understand and very knowledgeable on the subject matter. " " Liked the things he wrote on the board to describe the concepts. " "Very good.", Estate Forms for Paralegals. Institute for Paralegal Education (Allentown, PA), September 18, 2008
  • Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Act, A Practical Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, PA), September 19, 2008
  • Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Act, A Practical Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, PA)., September 19, 2008
  • "Excellent seminar", How to Prepare Fiduciary and Decedent's Final Lifetime Income Tax Returns, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Allentown, PA) , October 30, 2008
  • "Excellent seminar", How to Prepare Fiduciary and Decedent's Final Lifetime Income Tax Returns, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Mechanicsburg, PA), November 7, 2008
  • "Excellent. Explained in layman's terms ", Probate: Beyond the Basics, National Business Institute (Allentown, PA), November 17, 2008
  • Probate: Beyond the Basics, National Business Institute (Reading, PA), November 17, 2008
  • Estate Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, PA), May 6, 2009
  • Use of Trusts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Mechanicsburg, PA and video simulcast), May 14, 2009
  • "Your presentation was top drawer- it was practical; it was interesting; it was understandable; and it was very authoritatively presented. ", Estate Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Mechanicsburg, PA and video simulcast), May 20, 2009
  • Use of Trusts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Allentown, PA), May 21, 2009
  • "engaging, humorous "; "easy to follow presentation"; "articulate, knowledgeable, fast paced, practical"; "good speaker, knowledgeable of topic "; "an excellent speaker and very knowledgeable "; "moved quickly and explained thoroughly "; "wonderfully presented and explained "; I actually understood him—good practice tips "., Fundamentals of Estate Administration, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg, PA) , September 15, 2009 - September 23, 2009
  • "Insolvent Estates, a Primer for These Hard Times ": "He had good humor and tone, and was engaging ", "It was one of the better classes I have attended all year. ", Estate Law Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia. PA), December 10, 2009
  • Death and Taxes, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg PA), December 27, 2009 - March 3, 2010
  • Estate and Elder Law Symposium, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg, PA), February 17, 2010
  • "A tough topic very well done by two good speakers. A job very well done ", "He was very thorough ", "Best program I've attended in years ", "Program was a well presented and packaged product which successfully incorporated basic information with appropriate esoteric detail— something for novice and experienced practitioner. ", Insolvent Estates, A Practical Primer for These Hard Times, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg, PA), May 6, 2010 - May 19, 2010
  • Estate Law Institute—Creditors Rights to Non-Probate Property, November 11, 2010
  • Death and Taxes, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, PA), December 10, 2010
  • Estate and Elder Law Symposium, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg, PA), February 17, 2010 - February 24, 2010
  • Use of Trusts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Mechanicsburg. PA), March 10, 2010
  • Estate Law Symposium—Creditors Rights to Non-Probate Property Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg, PA), February 16, 2011
  • Valuing Antiques Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia, PA), March 27, 2012
  • "materials were great; presenters were very knowledgeable and did a great job giving practical examples", Looking Under the Hood: Drafting Better Trusts to Accomplish Your Clients' Estate Planning Goals Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia PA), July 20, 2012
  • Avoiding the Empty Hook: Estate Planning and Administration for Art, Antiques and Collectibles Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Philadelphia PA), November 15, 2012
  • The Probate Process From Start to Finish National Business Institute (Allentown, PA), March 18, 2013 - August 30, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Volunteer Service Award, Allentown YMCA, 2006 - Present
  • Donald P. Miller Award for Vision and Leadership, 1998
  • Allentown YMCA's Outstanding Service to the Community, 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property Probate & Trusts Law Section, 2009 - Present, (Vice Chair, Probate Division 2013-2014; Section Chair 2014)
  • Lehigh Valley Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Lehigh County Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present
  • Carbon County Bar Association, Member, 1993 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Allentown YMCA, Trustee, 1995 - 2000
  • Allentown YMCA, President, 1997 - 1998
  • YMCA USA: Delegate, National Assembly Chicago, Illinois, 2000
  • Lehigh County Senior Center, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2008
  • Lehigh County Senior Center, 1st Vice President, 2007 - 2008
  • Boy Scouts of America, Minsi Trails Council Career Awareness Program; Volunteer Speaker, 1996 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America, Hawk Mountain Council, Troop 575 Longswamp Township; Assistant Scoutmaster

Ancillary Businesses

  • Fiduciary income tax and Personal Income Tax Pennsylvania

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Chi