Franca Tavella Associate
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Drawing upon her wealth management experience, Franca Tavella primarily focuses her legal practice on individual estate planning, as well as trust and estate administration. Franca works closely with each client to develop an estate plan tailored to his or her specific needs and objectives, and the client's personal and financial situation. In addition, Franca counsels charitable and non-profit organizations on qualification for tax-exempt status.
Franca brings a unique perspective to her estate planning practice, having worked alongside trust administrators, wealth strategists and investment advisors in the administration of trust and investment management accounts, for ultra-high net worth individuals and their families in the wealth management branch of a prominent bank. She is accustomed to working within a team of advisors and takes a holistic approach to estate planning, ultimately resulting in comprehensive and tax-efficient plans for her clients.
Upon graduation from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Franca clerked for the Honorable Matthew D. Carrafiello, Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Orphans’ Court. As a law clerk, Franca observed and analyzed litigation involving all aspects of decedents' estates, trusts, charitable organizations and guardianships. This background strengthens her ability to anticipate and avoid issues before they arise in the drafting of various estate planning documents, providing her clients with heightened peace of mind.
During law school, Franca participated in a year-long pro bono estate planning clinic for the benefit of low income individuals. Franca also clerked for a boutique trusts and estates firm in Philadelphia, for which she received an award at graduation for outstanding achievement in coursework, experiential learning and scholarship in the field of trusts and estates law.
- Develops estate plans for individuals and families
- Represents individuals in Orphans' Court in connection with guardianship proceedings
- Assists individuals in formation of non-profit corporations and applications for tax-exempt status
- Advised business regarding sales tax compliance in light of Wayfair decision and assisted with individual state sales tax registrations
Recognition & Involvement
Franca is an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Probate and Trust Law Section, including the Rules and Practice and the Orphans’ Court Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sub-Committees.
- Tax and Estates AlertAugust 5, 2019
- Taking Care of BusinessJune 13, 2019
- Taking Care of BusinessApril 25, 2019
- The Legal IntelligencerFebruary 19, 2019
Bar and Court Admissions
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, JD, 2016
St. Joseph’s University, BA, cum laude, 2010
Philadelphia Estate Planning Counsel
Philadelphia Bar Association