Press Release: ADOPTION ATTORNEY DISCUSSES FEDERAL ADOPTION TAX CREDIT SET TO EXPIRE IN 2012

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Leah Potter
HARDEN JACKSON LLC
11450 N. Meridian, Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317.569.0770
Email: lpotter@hardenjacksonlaw.com
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For Immediate Release

ADOPTION ATTORNEY DISCUSSES FEDERAL ADOPTION TAX CREDIT SET TO EXPIRE IN 2012

CARMEL, IN – May 2, 2012 –  Attorney Michele Jackson, who chairs the Adoption & Reproductive Law Practice Group of Harden Jackson LLC,  was interviewed on WIBC 93.1 to weigh in on the federal adoption tax credit that is set to expire in 2012.

Currently, adoptive parents are allowed a $12,650 (non-refundable) tax credit.   Unless Congress acts, the act will expire this year. There are two bills proposed for approval to extend the tax credit (HR184 and S82).  However, if there is not an extension, international adoptions completed in 2013 will receive no tax benefits.  Considering an adoption can cost anywhere from $10,000-$50,000, this tax credit can make a difference in financial planning for adoption.

Jackson remains dedicated to advocating for this tax credit extension and encourages potential adoptive parents to do the same.  Through her law practice and adoption agency, Jackson will continue to provide education, support and advocacy for international adoption.

Jackson is a founding member of Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson where she offers numerous legal services for domestic and international adoptions including private and agency adoptions, step-parent adoptions, second parent adoptions, and surrogacy contracts.  In addition, Jackson offers other international family law services, including adoption contract reviews, international custody, abduction prevention, and orphan visa appeals.  Jackson was an Adjunct Law Professor at the IU School of Law, Indianapolis from 2005-2010, where she taught classes on International Comparative Family Law and International Organizations Law.  She has also directed seminars and conferences as well as Continuing Legal Education classes on topics such as Adoption Law and Assisted Reproductive Law (Surrogacy). A frequent speaker, Jackson has addressed audiences in Indiana, nationally and internationally.  Her articles on subjects such as adoption, child labor, sexual exploitation, and the plight of orphans, have been featured in numerous print and online publications.

Jackson had advised foreign Consulates on issues relating to international family law and orphan visa denials.  As a member of the American Bar Association, she has been actively involved in developing and drafting the ABA Model Legislation for surrogacy and reproductive law.

She has also directed seminars and Continuing Legal Education classes on topics such as “How to Pursue International Adoption,” “A Child Without a Family,” and “CHINS in Indiana
Harden Jackson, LLC is a Carmel law firm providing personalized service with a responsive and compassionate approach.  As effective and experienced litigators, the attorneys work with clients to develop strategies for negotiating settlements, while always preparing for litigation if necessary.  The practice assists clients in all areas of family law, adoption and reproductive law matters.  For more information, please contact Leah Potter at 317.569.0770 or www.hardenjacksonlaw.com .

To hear the news segment, go HERE