Amanda DiChello

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-4664

(215) 665-2013

Recent News:

Cozen O’Connor Promotes Seven Members to Shareholder

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the promotion of seven members to shareholders.

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.

Experience

News

Cozen O’Connor Promotes Seven Members to Shareholder

August 24, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the promotion of seven members to shareholders.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

My loved one died without a will—now what?

June 01, 2020

Amanda DiChello discusses the implications of individuals dying without a will or estate plan, a growing issue during the coronavirus pandemic, in Fox Business.

Amanda DiChello Named Vice Chair, Probate Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section

May 08, 2020

Amanda DiChello, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Private Client Services Practice Group, has been elected to serve a one-year term as the vice chair, Probate Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section.

Face it: This is a good time to make a will

May 05, 2020

Amanda DiChello discusses the importance of finalizing estate documents, even more so in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, in The Washington Post.

Amanda DiChello Named a 2019 "Women of Distinction" by the Philadelphia Business Journal

October 31, 2019

Amanda DiChello, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Private Client Services Practice Group, has been selected as a Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Tom Petty's Estate Is In Chaos—And That's With A Will

June 05, 2019

Amanda DiChello discusses ongoing disputes with rock star Tom Petty’s estate in an article in Financial Advisor.

64 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Most People Keep Important Data Online. Pa. Doesn't Have a Law Yet on How to Handle Those Accounts When Someone Dies

May 21, 2019

Amanda DiChello explains the challenges of dealing with digital assets of the deceased in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

When Private Fights Over Millions Become Public (Things Get Ugly)

February 08, 2019

Amanda DiChello explains why an increasing number of estate disputes among family members are leading to legal action in The New York Times.

Family Discord May Break Up a Valuable Art Collection

February 05, 2019

Amanda DiChello discusses a series of lawsuits involving art heiress Belinda Neumann-Donnelly and her family in an article on WealthManagement.com.

3 Tax Breaks That May Be Better in the Long Run

August 10, 2018

Amanda DiChello, a member of the firm’s Private Client Services Practice, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the new estate and gift tax exemption in The New York Times.

IRS mulls rules for estates and trusts after tax law

July 26, 2018

Amanda DiChello, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Private Client Services Practice, discusses the IRS and the Treasury’s plan to issue regulations around estates and non-grantor trusts under the new tax code in Accounting Today.

Trustees Grapple with Balancing ESG Investing and Fiduciary Duties

June 29, 2018

Amanda DiChello, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Private Client Services Practice, discusses trustees’ growing interest in sustainable investing in Private Wealth.

What Can Advisors Learn from the Stan Lee Elder Abuse Allegations?

June 21, 2018

Amanda DiChello, a member in the firm’s Private Client Services Practice, is quoted in a wealthmanagement.com article discussing financial elder abuse and ways in which advisors can help prevent it.

Amanda K. DiChello Elected as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section

June 12, 2018

Amanda K. DiChello, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Private Client Services Practice Group, has been elected to serve a one-year term as the Secretary of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Roger Corman’s Sons Sue to Block Sale of Film Library

April 10, 2018

Amanda DiChello, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Private Client Services Practice Group, discussed in Wealth Management the recent lawsuit involving Roger and Brian Corman.

Attorney Amanda K. DiChello Joins Cozen O’Connor’s Private Client Services Practice Group

January 02, 2018

Amanda DiChello will join the firm’s Philadelphia office as a member and will counsel high and ultra-high net-worth individuals and families on estate and trust administration and planning, as well as estate, trust, and fiduciary-related litigation.

Publications

The Cars Singer Leaves Estranged Wife Out of Will—Can He Do That? [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

December 18, 2019

The death of Ric Ocasek in September at age 75 came as a shock to fans of The Cars frontman-turned-music producer. More surprises came in the days that followed. Ocasek, who had been recovering from a recent surgery at his Manhattan home, was found by Paulina Porizkova, his wife of nearly 30 years,...

Stan Lee’s Business Manager Charged, but Elder Financial Abuse Can Happen to Anyone [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

December 13, 2019

At the end of Stan Lee's life, the Marvel Comics creator found himself surrounded by many people. Various allegations of financial elder abuse were made before he died on November 12, 2018, at age 95. Lee left behind an estate valued at approximately $50 million. Earlier this year, a former business...

Do You Know Where Your Trust is Taxed? – Recent Developments in State Taxation of Trusts [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

September 24, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a state does not have the right to tax a beneficiary's income from an out-of-state trust solely based on the fact that the beneficiary lives in the state. In June, the high court affirmed state court decisions that "in-state residence was too tenuous a...

As Aretha Franklin’s Heirs Dispute Control of Estate, Judge Orders Court Supervision [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

September 11, 2019

When Aretha Franklin died in August 2018, at age 76, the initial belief that she left no will, followed by the discovery of three wills in her Detroit-area home, foreshadowed the potential emotional and financial rollercoaster ahead for the family. One year later, the rollercoaster is rapidly...

Don’t Do Me Like That: Tom Petty’s Widow, Daughter in Court Over Control of His Estate [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

May 22, 2019

Two years after rocker Tom Petty's sudden death, tensions between one of his two daughters and his second wife over the future of his estate have come to a head. Allegations of angry emails, unauthorized decision making, and misrepresentations to the press about who's in charge of the estate have...

New Rules to Monitor Legal Guardians for Pennsylvania Elderly Take Effect June 1 [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

May 07, 2019

Elder abuse has been steadily increasing in Pennsylvania for the past decade, with 28,633 reports of abuse received by the state in fiscal year 2016-2017, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The increase in the number of elder abuse reports in Pennsylvania is likely the result of both...

Allegations of Abuse Marred Stan Lee’s Last Years — A Guardianship Might Have Protected Him [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

March 13, 2019

Stan Lee was revered as the genius behind the creation of a pantheon of superheroes who righted wrongs and defended the weak. But he turned out to be the one who might have needed rescuing in his final years. Lee, the former head of the Marvel Comics empire, who personally co-created pop culture...

Fights Over Celebrities’ and High-Profile Individuals’ Post-Mortem Rights of Publicity Highlight the Need to Protect and Consider Intangible Assets in Estate and Tax Planning [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

January 14, 2019

Nine years after Michael Jackson's death, his estate and the Internal Revenue Service are fighting over the post-mortem value of the name and likeness of the late King of Pop. The dispute has been dragging on in tax court since 2013; a decision isn't expected until mid-2019. Among the disputes over...

Aretha Franklin Died Intestate, But Her Financial Affairs Appear Under Control – For Now [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

August 30, 2018

When Aretha Franklin died in Detroit on August 16, it was widely reported that she left an estate worth approximately $80 million -- and no will. It's a curious development in the story of a woman whose 60-year career started in her early teens and was known to have a firm grip on her purse...

Animals Who Inherit Money From Their Owners Pay Death Taxes Like Everyone Else [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

August 14, 2018

Many pet owners would not hesitate to say they love their animals as much as the people in their lives. But a Pennsylvania court recently made it clear that while pets are not people, they must still pay taxes. A recent decision by the Chester County Orphans' Court Division in Lesley G. King Estate...

Harper Lee Estate Sues Broadway Adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

August 03, 2018

One of this year’s most anticipated Broadway productions was at risk of being shuttered before it ever opened because of a fierce dispute between producers and the estate of the book’s author on which the play is based. A representative of the estate of Harper Lee, the reclusive author of To Kill a...

DeLorean Estate Alleges ‘Back to the Future’ Royalties Were Improperly Distributed [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

July 16, 2018

The John DeLorean estate is in a clash once again with the unaffiliated DeLorean Motor Company (DMC), this time over royalty payments that Universal Pictures (Universal) allegedly directed to DMC instead of to the estate for the right to use the iconic Back to the Future DeLorean DMC-12 on...

The Macabre Grows More Macabre: The Dispute Over Manson and His Estate [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

June 27, 2018

Charles Manson died on November 19, 2017, but the infamous murderer and cult leader remained frozen in the Kern County morgue until March 2018 as a bizarre dispute over his remains unfolded in court. The coroner’s office determined that a 2002 will presented by Michael Channels, a memorabilia...

Were the “I Dos” Properly Done? [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

June 14, 2018

In order to be a surviving spouse to inherit under the intestate laws (the statutory laws that apply when one dies without a will), a person needs to have been married to the decedent first. You might think this is pretty obvious, but a recent Orphans’ Court case dealt with the issue of what it...

A Star with Strings Attached: The Story of Mickey Rooney and Identifying Elder & Power of Attorney Abuse [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

June 08, 2018

Mickey Rooney, the Hollywood child star who became an industry legend, appearing in more than 300 films during a career that spanned over 90 years, died allegedly a victim of elder and power of attorney abuse and financial exploitation – his estate having been allegedly wrenched from him by a family...

Ripe for Contest: Lessons from the Huguette Clark Estate [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

May 17, 2018

Huguette Clark, the youngest daughter of U.S. Sen. William Andrews Clark (1839-1925), a copper magnate, railroad builder, and one of the founders of Las Vegas, inherited one of the greatest fortunes amassed in the Gilded Age. When she died in 2011, at age 104, the reclusive heiress left behind more...

It’s No Surprise that the Administrator for the Estate of Whitney Houston’s Daughter Quit [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

May 10, 2018

When pop superstar Whitney Houston died in 2012 at the age of 48, she left her entire estate to her only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown – who was just 19 years old, leading many to worry that someone so young would not be able to handle the money or the people who would inevitably prey on her for...

James Brown’s Family Still Fighting Over His Estate 11 Years After His Death [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

May 01, 2018

The “Hardest Working Man in Show Business” probably would have been exhausted just hearing about all of the infighting over his will. Eleven years after James Brown’s death, his estate is still a battleground for his heirs and would-be heirs. The infighting over Brown’s fortune may be a study in...

When a Celebrity Dies, Their Image Still Needs Protection [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

April 19, 2018

The 2018 Super Bowl marked a monumental occasion for those of us residing in the great City of Brotherly Love-Philadelphia.  As my eyes remained nervously affixed to the television for what seemed like an eternity, the estate and trust attorney in me could not help but notice two interesting...

Banks Can be a Logical Choice to Manage Complex Estates, But Disputes Can Still Land in Court [At Your Bequest - The Trusts & Estates Litigator Blog]

March 29, 2018

Appointing a corporate trustee to administer an estate can be a wise move in situations that call for an experienced, impartial referee, particularly when the estate involves millions of dollars, a large portfolio of assets, and a generous helping of family drama. Picking a financial institution as...

Five Estate Planning Tips of Which Benjamin Franklin Would Approve [New Jersey Business Magazine]

October 02, 2017

Amanda DiChello, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Private Client Services Practice Group, discusses five estate planning tips that can minimize the legal and logistical upheaval that death may cause a family in New Jersey Business Magazine.

Trump's Tax Reform Proposal Answers Questions but Raises Many More [The Legal Intelligencer]

May 11, 2017

Amanda DiChello, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Private Client Services Practice Group, discusses President Trump's tax reform proposal in The Legal Intelligencer.

Repeal of Estate Tax: Practical Questions in Uncertain Times [The Legal Intelligencer]

February 14, 2017

Amanda DiChello, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Private Client Services Practice Group, discusses the potential repeal of estate tax in The Legal Intelligencer.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2018 Family Business Conference

October 04, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Total Impact Conference 2018

April 27, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

The Power of Creative Planned Giving

February 15, 2018 - Media, PA

Education

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

Awards & Honors

America's Leading Lawyers in Private Wealth Law in Pennsylvania by Chambers and Partners, High Net Worth Guide 2017-2019 

Philadelphia Business Journal
, 2019 Women of Distinction

The Legal Intelligencer's Lawyers on the Fast Track, 2017

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars List for Estate & Trust Litigation, 2010-Present

Sole recipient of Faculty Award for outstanding achievement in courtroom presentation and performance, Temple University Beasley School of Law, LL.M. in Trial Advocacy 

Best Lawyers in America 2021

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Tax Court

Council Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section

Secretary, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

Vice Chair, Probate, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

Philadelphia Bar Association Probate and Trust Section, Orphans' Court Litigation Committee

Philadelphia Estate Planning Council

Adjunct Professor Law, Graduate Tax Program, Villanova University School of Law

Barrister Member, Villanova Law J. Willard O'Brien American Inn of Court

Acorn Club of Philadelphia

Comfort Caring Canines, Therapy Dogs, Inc., Volunteer, Member, Certified Dog Handler

Fitler Club of Philadelphia

Finance Committee, Bancrof