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Samuel A. Donaldson

Philadelphia-area attorneys, accountants and other professional advisers are invited to participate in the Solomon and Sylvia Bronstein Seminar at The Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. This annual event, sponsored by the Estate Planners Advisory Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

Samuel A. Donaldson, JD, LLM, will address "Burning Questions (and Even Hotter Answers) about Grantor Trusts." Donaldson, associate dean and professor of law at the University of Washington School of Law, will give practical tips on the use of these trusts in contemporary estate plans. Continuing education credits are available for this course.

The program will also pay tribute to attorney Mark S. Blaskey, recipient of the 2011 Edward N. Polisher Award for distinguished service to Federation's endowment programs. Blaskey, a partner at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton, chairs the firm's Trusts and Estates Group. He currently serves as secretary of the Federation Endowments Corporation and chairs the education subcommittee of the Estate Planners Advisory Committee.

Currently a member of the board of Federation's Center for Jewish Life and Learning, Blaskey has served in several Federation leadership roles, including service on its Board of Trustees, Task Force on Jewish Day Schools and Investment Committee.

The Center City resident, a past president of Beth Sholom Congregation, is active in such Jewish communal organizations as the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy and the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

The award, established through a bequest, serves as a living legacy to the significant professional and charitable achievements of Edward N. Polisher, who died in 2004 at the age of 102.

Polisher was widely regarded as the "Dean of Estate Planning." He graduated from the Dickinson School of Law just three years after completing high school.

He served as an adjunct professor of estate planning for 25 years and established the Estates and Trusts Department at Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman and Cohen.

Program fees are $65 per person and include the seminar, materials and breakfast. Jewish dietary laws will be observed. Registration can be completed online at jewishphilly.org/Bronstein. Deadline is Aug. 26.

For more information, call Jennifer M. Brier at 215-832-0528 or email: jbrier@jfgp.org.

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