MARQUETTE — Range Bank recently announced the appointment of Amanda Filizetti Knaffla as the new vice president, trust and wealth management officer for its Trust & Wealth Management Services team.
In her new role, Knaffla will lead Range Bank’s Trust & Wealth Management Services including estate assessment and settlement, trust administration, investment management, traditional and Roth IRA administration, custody services and traditional brokerage services.
Knaffla will work hand-in-hand with Range Bank’s four-person team to meet the needs of individuals, families and business owners in the community. Knaffla will be supported by Danny Dawidowski, who will remain in his role as chief investment officer.
As a practicing elder-law attorney, Knaffla brings 15 years of experience in trust and estate management and “a passion for helping families on estate matters and trust administration,” officials said in a news release.
Prior to joining Range Bank, Knaffla built expertise in estate planning, elder law and probate at the Wideman Law Center, now known as Filizetti Knaffla, P.C., where she eventually became a partner and then the sole owner. The firm is known for providing service in the areas of elder law and estate planning, including wills, trusts, special needs trusts, probate, estate administration, veteran’s benefits and related matters.
“We are incredibly pleased to welcome Amanda to our team,” said Range Bank President and CEO Roxanne Daust in the release. “Her extensive experience in elder law, estate planning and trust management will enable us to better serve our current clients and continue to grow in our community. A true team player, she has a passion to serve – and it shows. Amanda will make a great addition to Range Bank.”
A native of Ovid-Elsie, Michigan, Knaffla began her work in estate planning and elder law while she was still in law school and working downstate at the Wayne County Elder Law and Advocacy Center.
She joined a private law practice in Farmington Hills, where she concentrated on trusts, will and long-term planning with her clients.
Since moving to the U.P., Knaffla has “been an integral part of the Marquette community,” the release states.
As an active community volunteer, Knaffla serves on the boards of Marquette West Rotary and YMCA of Marquette County, including terms as president for each.
She also served on the board of the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Centers.
Knaffla earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University and a law degree from Ave Maria School of Law. Knaffla is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, State Bar of Michigan and Marquette County Bar Association. She is registered with the U.S. Veterans Administration to assist veterans with the benefits process.
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