Amanda Tarzwell

Amanda focuses her practice on estate planning, special needs planning, guardianships and trust & estate administration. She also advises trustees of special needs trusts on legal and practical aspects of trust administration.  She enjoys working closely with clients to build a relationship of trust and address their concerns for the future.  As the sister of a young woman with intellectual disabilities Amanda is especially sensitive to the needs and concerns of clients pursuing special needs planning.  In addition to meeting clients in the office she regularly represents clients before various probate courts and Superior Courts throughout Rhode Island.

Amanda is a current member of the Rhode Island Probate and Trust Committee, Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island and the Academy of Special Needs Planners. She is a past member of the Rhode Island Foundation Professional Advisory Council. In addition to her professional affiliations Amanda gives presentations across the state to groups on topics ranging from a broad overview of estate planning to special needs planning for families who have a child with a disability.   Amanda is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Amanda received her B.A. magna cum laude from Goucher College and graduated magna cum laude from the New England School of Law in 2009.  While in law school she served as an Editor of the New England Law Review.  During her third year, Amanda spent a semester as a law clerk for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands for the Honorable Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova.  Amanda also had the privilege of serving as a summer clerk at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for the Honorable Justice Robert Cordy.

Amanda maintains an avid interest in Human Rights and Public International Law.  She has published articles on legal accountability for private military contractors and the implications of the privatization of prison health care.  She has served as pro bono counsel for unaccompanied minor children in state (MA and RI) and immigration court and assisted them in obtaining lawful permanent resident status.


Co-Authored chapter in Planning for Incapacity – Special Needs and Guardianship for “A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Rhode Island 1st Edition Supplement,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 2017

Co-Authored ABLE Accounts: A New Tool for Clients Receiving Means-Tested Benefits in Rhode Island Bar Journal, September/October 2017.

“In Search of Accountability: Attributing the Conduct of Private Security Contractors to the United States Under the Doctrine of State Responsibility”, Oregon Review of International Law, Spring 2009.

“Prison Health Care”, co-author, Verge Magazine, Spring 2006