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Rose-Anne B. Frano


Rose-Anne B. Frano

Rose-Anne is a board certified specialist in wills, trusts, and estates. Rose-Anne also serves as a member of the firm's management committee.

Rose-Anne focuses on estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning for individuals and their families and on the administration of estates and trusts. With respect to planning matters, Rose-Anne is experienced in creating tax-efficient succession plans using a variety of traditional estate planning vehicles, charitable entities, and business entities.

On the administration side, Rose-Anne is experienced in preparing federal estate and gift tax returns, administering complex trusts and estates, including estate plans consisting of closely held businesses, and implementing complex post-mortem planning techniques.

Representative matters include:

  • Drafting estate plans that consist of charitable gifting or trusts
  • Preparation of federal estate tax returns, including 6166 analysis, portability, and business valuations
  • Preparation of tax planning strategies with generational business succession and estate planning
  • Administration of estates and trusts during estate litigation processes
  • Planning with multi-million dollar IRA and retirement plans to be coordinated with estate planning

Rose-Anne joined the firm in 2003 immediately after receiving her LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida. She became a partner in 2009.


What is Board Certification?

Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of competency and experience. Certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. It is designed to help consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Only 6% of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

Wills, Trusts & Estates Certification

Wills, trusts, and estate law is the practice of law dealing with all aspects of planning for the conservation and disposition of estates, giving due consideration to the tax consequences, both federal and state; preparing legal instruments to effectuate estate plans; administering estates, including tax related matters; and probate litigation.


  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Florida College of Law, Graduate Assistant to Martin J. McMahon, Jr.
  • J.D., University of Florida College of Law, With High Honors
  • B.A., Tulane University, Cum Laude



  • Bar

    • Florida, Board Certified in Wills, Trusts, and Estates by The Florida Bar


  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2018 - 2020
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2020
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2010-2017
  • Florida Trend, Up and Comer, 2010, 2012-2013, 2017



  • Sarasota Orchestra, Board of Directors 
  • Easter Seals, Past Member and Chair (2014), Board of Directors
  • Junior League of Sarasota, Past Member
  • Leadership Sarasota, Class of 2012, Leadership Council 2013-2014
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, Past Chair
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Steering Committee
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