Taylor Smith-Leslie focuses her practice on estate planning and trust and estate administration. She handles trusts and estates of all sizes, including multigenerational family trusts and those for nonprofit organizations. Additionally, she assists both new families and established families who need succession plans.

Client Experience

  • Trusts and estates of all sizes

  • Multigenerational family trusts

  • Nonprofit organizations

  • Succession plans

Representative Matters

  • Represented beneficiaries in a trust modification to obtain positive tax results.

  • Represented executors of federally taxable estates.

  • Assisted clients in the formation and administration of private foundations.

  • Obtained adjudications for fiduciaries regarding estate and trust administration.

  • Created first-time estate plans for young families.

Personal Insights

My Greatest Strength
  • Streamlining the estate administration process to help families navigate the difficult time of losing a loved one.
  • Communicating with clients to ensure they have a complete understanding of their estate plans.
  • Approaching issues from every angle to stop problems before they arise.
  • I started practicing at a firm in Center City Philadelphia prior to moving to the suburbs.

  • I received the Tax Faculty Award for my class when I graduated with my LL.M.

  • I rescue and advocate for cats with Feline Leukemia Virus, helping them live out their days in a loving home.


Practice Focus
  • Wills, Revocable Trusts, and Irrevocable Trusts

  • Estate and Trust Administration

  • Powers of Attorney and Living Wills

  • Complex Gift, Estate, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Planning

  • Charitable Planning


  • Private equity & hedge funds

  • Public & private companies

  • Real estate owners & developers

  • Technology

  • Life sciences

  • Family offices, banks, and trust companies



Community & Professional

Community & Professional
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member
  • Montgomery County Bar Association Middle School Civics Program, Volunteer
  • Philadelphia Bar Association – Probate and Trust Law Section, Member


Graduate, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Mid Atlantic Fellows Institute, 2022

LL.M., Taxation, With Distinction, Temple University, 2018

  • The Faculty Award – Outstanding academic achievement in Taxation LL.M. program

J.D., cum laude, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2014

B.A., magna cum laude, Villanova University, Political Science, 2011

B.S., magna cum laude, Villanova University, Mathematics, 2011


  • Pennsylvania
    New Jersey


Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018-Present

  • Estate and Probate

Best Lawyers Ones to Watch, 2024

  • Trusts and Estates
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