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Franca Tavella

Franca Tavella is an associate in Kleinbard’s Business and Finance Department and a member of the Firm’s Trust and Estates Group.  Franca primarily focuses her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and taxation.  She is experienced in drafting wills, trusts, special needs trusts, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, and prenuptial agreements.  In addition, Franca assists clients with the formation of charitable and non-profit organizations, including qualification of tax-exempt status.

Franca also has a special focus on limited and plenary guardianships of the person and estate of incapacitated individuals. Whether a guardianship is sought on behalf of a child with special needs or an elderly or otherwise disabled family member, she handles all aspects of guardianship proceedings.  Once appointed, Franca advises the guardian in his or her fiduciary role and assists in the preparation and filing of all requisite reports to ensure timely compliance through Pennsylvania’s Guardianship Tracking System.

Franca Tavella

Associate, Business and Finance Department
Trusts and Estates Group
267.443.4131
[email protected]

Education

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law (J.D., 2016)

Saint Joseph’s University (B.A., cum laude, 2012)

Professional Highlights

Professional Associations

Philadelphia Bar Association

  • Co-Chair, Rules & Practice Committee, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Orphans’ Court Litigation & Dispute Resolution Committee, Probate and Trust Law Section

Philadelphia Estate Planning Council

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Kleinbard, Franca was an associate in the Trusts and Estates Group at White and Williams LLP.  Before that, Franca clerked for the Honorable Matthew D. Carrafiello, Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Orphans’ Court.

Representative Matters

  • Established a non-profit organization aimed at providing affordable housing and support to young adults transitioning out of foster care
  • Provided state and local tax planning services to national online retailer to ensure proper compliance in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair

Community Activities

Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP)

Franca Tavella

Associate, Business and Finance Department
Trusts and Estates Group
267.443.4131
[email protected]

Franca Tavella is an associate in Kleinbard’s Business and Finance Department and a member of the Firm’s Trust and Estates Group.  Franca primarily focuses her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and taxation.  She is experienced in drafting wills, trusts, special needs trusts, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, and prenuptial agreements.  In addition, Franca assists clients with the formation of charitable and non-profit organizations, including qualification of tax-exempt status.

Franca also has a special focus on limited and plenary guardianships of the person and estate of incapacitated individuals. Whether a guardianship is sought on behalf of a child with special needs or an elderly or otherwise disabled family member, she handles all aspects of guardianship proceedings.  Once appointed, Franca advises the guardian in his or her fiduciary role and assists in the preparation and filing of all requisite reports to ensure timely compliance through Pennsylvania’s Guardianship Tracking System.

Representative Matters

  • Established a non-profit organization aimed at providing affordable housing and support to young adults transitioning out of foster care
  • Provided state and local tax planning services to national online retailer to ensure proper compliance in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair

Education

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law (J.D., 2016)

Saint Joseph’s University (B.A., cum laude, 2012)

Admissions

Pennsylvania

Professional Highlights

Professional Associations

Philadelphia Bar Association

  • Co-Chair, Rules & Practice Committee, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Orphans’ Court Litigation & Dispute Resolution Committee, Probate and Trust Law Section

Philadelphia Estate Planning Council

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Kleinbard, Franca was an associate in the Trusts and Estates Group at White and Williams LLP.  Before that, Franca clerked for the Honorable Matthew D. Carrafiello, Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Orphans’ Court.

Community Activities

Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP)