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Joanna Reiver

Joanna Reiver

Of Counsel

Tel: (302) 777-5353
Fax: (302) 777- 5299

Joanna Reiver is a member of Gawthrop Greenwood’s Estates and Trusts Department, and practices in the Wilmington, Delaware office. She concentrates her practice on Estate and Trust Planning and Administration, Taxation, Elder Law, and Special Needs Planning.

Joanna focuses her practice on estate planning, planning for family members with disabilities, planning for non-traditional families, closely held business interests in estate planning, use of trusts in estate planning, charitable trusts and generation-skipping trusts, as well as probate and administration of estates.

Joanna is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and served as Delaware State Chair from 2007 through 2012. She has served as Chair of the Delaware State Bar Association Section on Estates and Trusts, President of the Estate Planning Council of Delaware, Inc., and Chair of Delaware’s Estate Planning Day in 1997, which that organization co-sponsored with the Delaware Community Foundation. She taught Delaware Wills and Trusts in the annual Delaware-Widener bar review course for 20 years.

Joanna was President of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils for 2001, and served on its Board of Directors from 1993 through 2002. She is an Accredited Estate Planner (certified by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils). Joanna is also a member of the Wilmington Tax Group and the American Bar Association Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law. Joanna has been on the Board of Directors for Delaware CarePlan, Inc. since 1997, and was Vice President from 1999 until 2004. From 2009 – 2011 she was a member of the Ad Hoc Group to Repeal Delaware Estate Tax.

Joanna is a frequent presenter on estate planning and administration topics, as well as on ethical rules affecting estate planners. She has presented on behalf of the Delaware State Bar Association, Delaware Tax Institute, Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Institute, Estate Planning Council of Delaware and the Wilmington Tax Group. She has participated in and chaired several committees of the Delaware State Bar Association Section on Estates and Trusts, participating in drafting numerous changes to Delaware law. She taught the Delaware wills and trust section of the Delaware-Widener bar review course for 20 years. Joanna served as an Adjunct Professor of estate administration at Widener Law Center’s paralegal program.

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Honors & Awards

  • More than 30 Consecutive Years Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 1987-2020
  • Received an AV® rating in Martindale-Hubbell for more than 20 years
  • Five-Star Wealth Manager (2010, 2011 and 2012) in both Delaware and Greater Philadelphia

Court Admissions

  • Delaware, 1976


  • Catholic University of America, J.D., 1976
  • West Virginia University, A.B., 1968
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