Emily C. Friedman

Associate
Located in

Philadelphia, PA

“I like problem-solving—the process of learning about each client’s unique circumstances and goals, figuring out how to meet them, and then taking clients through the full estate planning process, from initial meeting to document signing.”

- Emily C. Friedman

“I like problem-solving—the process of learning about each client’s unique circumstances and goals, figuring out how to meet them, and then taking clients through the full estate planning process, from initial meeting to document signing.”

- Emily C. Friedman

Emily is an attorney concentrating her practice on helping clients with estate planning, estate and trust administration, and the representation of tax-exempt organizations. As a member of Obermayer’s Trusts & Estates Department, Emily focuses first on learning about a client’s circumstances and goals and then identifying the best estate planning tools for them. These tools include wills, trusts, financial powers of attorney, and healthcare powers of attorney.

Clients rely on Emily for a wide range of estate and trust administration needs, which often involve drafting settlement agreements or Orphans’ Court petitions, as well as helping with fiduciary litigation when clients need to go to court. For example, Emily has assisted with petitioning to establish special needs trusts for clients with special needs family members.

Emily also assists with the representation of tax-exempt organizations. These representations include drafting formation documents ­ such as bylaws ­ and completing applications for both state and federal tax exemption. For example, Emily completed lengthy IRS Form 1023 application for federal tax-exempt status for a newly-formed foundation that supports amateur athletics.

In her spare time, Emily likes hiking, biking, boating, and vegetable gardening. Before becoming a lawyer, she earned a master’s degree in art and architectural history and worked in museums. She loves visiting museums and architecture, especially when traveling. She is also an avid photographer.

While in law school, Emily served as a legal intern for the Delaware River Basin Commission. She was an associate editor of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, in which she published a policy note.

Before law school, Emily worked in the curatorial departments of several museums, including The Barnes Foundation and Portland Museum of Art in Maine.

Volunteer Attorney, Homeless Advocacy Project.