Amanda DiChello

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Philadelphia


Education
Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law, LL.M., 2011
Villanova University School of Law, LL.M., 2006
Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of Law, J.D., 2005
Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 2002

Amanda focuses her practice exclusively in estates and trusts. She represents high-net-worth individuals, business owners, families and family offices, fiduciaries (individual and corporate), and nonprofits in a wide array of matters involving estate and tax planning, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, and related litigation. Amanda guides high-net-worth families and individuals through the legal and financial complexities of structuring trust and estate plans, preserving intergenerational wealth, and transferring business ownership — all while protecting assets, preserving the family unit, limiting legal exposure, and minimizing tax liability.

Amanda handles both sophisticated estate and trust planning and administration matters as well as trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation. She represents clients in estate and trust litigation matters and disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty and surcharge actions, will and trust interpretation and modification matters, will and trust contests, guardianship proceedings, and related matters involving nonprofits and charitable trusts. Amanda handles matters valued from several million to several hundred million dollars and has litigated many cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey courts as lead counsel.

Amanda's knowledge of the law is recognized by her peers and various state legal organizations and associations that regularly invite Amanda to speak and publish as well as instruct other attorneys on topics that include estate, wealth, and tax planning, will and trust disputes, fiduciary litigation, trust and estate litigation, and charitable trust and nonprofit issues. She also is the creator, editor, and author of atyourbequest.com, a blog that addresses a diverse range of current trust and estate issues, from Prince’s death intestate to Pennsylvania-specific rules on spousal inheritance. She has published in Trusts & Estates, Private Wealth Magazine, and The Legal Intelligencer, and she is frequently cited on a wide range of wealth management, estate, trust, and taxation issues in media outlets such as The New York Times, the New York Post, The Washington Post, the New Jersey Business Journal, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Financial Advisor, Fox Business, and The Legal Intelligencer. In addition, Amanda has appeared as a guest on FOX 29’s morning news and Good Day Philadelphia to discuss will and estate matters, including the purported intestate death of Aretha Franklin. Amanda was also an adjunct professor at Villanova University School of Law, where she taught a course on wealth and transfer of taxation. She has served as an expert witness in estate and trust litigation in Pennsylvania courts.

The Legal Intelligencer named Amanda as a 2017 Lawyer on the Fast Track and the Philadelphia Business Journal named her a 2019 Women of Distinction. Amanda is one of only 13 lawyers in Pennsylvania recognized for excellence and as a leading practitioner in private wealth law by Chambers and Partners in its 2017, 2018, and 2019 High Net Worth Guides. She is currently the vice chair, Probate Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. She has also been included in the Best Lawyers in America list for 2021 for her work in Trusts and Estates

Amanda’s understanding of complicated tax issues stems not only from her practical legal experience but also from her dual advanced legal credentials. She earned her undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University and law degree from the Roger Williams School of Law in Rhode Island, where she graduated with honors. Amanda also holds an LL.M. in tax from the Villanova University School of Law Graduate Tax Program, as well as an LL.M. in trial advocacy from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she graduated with high honors and was the sole recipient of the faculty award for outstanding achievement in courtroom presentation and performance.

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