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Our Team

The Staff

At Couto DeFranco Wealth Management, every member of the team is vital. Nelson and Anthony are fortunate to work with an experienced and thoughtful team of tax preparers, financial planners and administrative staff, who are dedicated to going out of their way to support our clients.


Anthony DeFranco

Anthony DeFranco’s clients view him as a financial coach – using his professional expertise to deliver the practical advice and personal encouragement they need to pursue a financial future. Anthony’s extensive background and master’s degree in taxation is invaluable for helping the firm’s clients assess the tax ramifications of various financial strategies. He has built a highly regarded specialty in all phases of tax preparation, planning, estates and trusts, for clients ranging from individuals and families to closely held corporations and nonprofits. Anthony also has extensive experience in the design and implementation of corporate compensation, fringe benefit and retirement plans.  

Anthony is a past president of both the South Orange Chapter of Rotary International and Orange/West Orange Unico National. He currently serves as treasurer of the South Orange Chamber of Commerce and trustee of the Orange/West Orange Unico Foundation. In 1999, Anthony was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International for his ongoing personal and financial support of the organization’s mission.  

When taking a break from working with clients, Anthony enjoys skiing and spending time as an outdoor enthusiast with his family at their lake house. 

Nelson Couto

Successful firms across a variety of industries view Nelson Couto as their on-call CFO; overseeing both the day-to-day and more strategic needs of the firm’s clients, and providing guidance in areas such as taxes, accounting and financial reporting. 

 As a Certified Public Accountant as well as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Nelson views every situation as an opportunity to develop a customized strategy for your financial future. He assists companies with financing, succession and estate planning strategies. He also assists individuals with advanced wealth management strategies. 

Nelson is an active board member of the Newark Regional Business Partnership organization working to strengthen and promote Newark’s business infrastructure, past president of the Ironbound Business Association, past board member of various local business organizations and past member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) financial planning committee. 

In 1998, Nelson was named to NJBIZ magazine’s “40 Under 40,” which annually recognizes outstanding young business professionals across New Jersey, and over the years, he has been quoted in various industry trade publications. When not helping his clients achieve their goals, Nelson enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid runner. 

Our Process

 We want to be an extension of our client’s family or business endeavor, not just a vendor.

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Our History

Couto DeFranco helps clients create a clear financial plan and implement strategies to secure their financial futures. 

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