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Matthew Aaron Wiley

Estate planning Attorney at Shelton, CT

5.0   20 reviews

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Business
    35%

    14 years

  2. Estate planning
    35%
    "Estate" is the legal term used to define your property and money; basically, everything that belongs to you. Estate planning attorneys tell you different strategies you can use to transfer your belongings after you die. By planning your estate, you can maximize its value by minimizing taxes and eliminating court costs and interference. Estate planning attorneys also help you control and protect your estate during your lifetime, by writing documents that allow you to transfer property and m

    14 years

  3. Probate
    20%

    14 years

  4. Trusts
    10%

    14 years

Wiley Law, LLC, is focused on providing high quality estate planning services. We utilize a variety of practice areas to ensure our client's are always prepared and two steps ahead. Key practice areas and speaking topics include: Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, IRA Trusts, Business Planning, Elder Law, Irrevocable Trusts, and Probate.

The fundamental pillar of Wiley Law, LLC is that the client absolutely must come first. At Wiley Law, LLC, we will tailor a solution to your family's specific needs and on your terms. Estate Planning should be convenient and it is our goal to make the process simple and stress free. Estate Planning done your way.

Licensed for 13 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/23/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/17/2022
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 11/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Matthew

Wiley Law, LLC
1000 Bridgeport Ave. Suite 205
Shelton, CT, 06484

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great estate planning experience
Matt was very personable and easy to work with. He made the whole process comfortable and brought up many aspects we had not thought of. This was an informative and rewarding process.
Posted by Peter | August 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional and Friendly
My wife and I hired Matt a few months ago after we got married to create our first Sweetheart Will as recommended by our financial advisor. We had no idea what exactly that was or entailed, but we contacted Matt at his Firm and he was more than helpful explaining the details of what a Sweetheart WIll was and how to do it. We had a series of Zoom meetings, the first to get to know each other and answer some basic questions about ourselves and our goals, and then another with more specific questions regarding the Will itself. Then finally a few weeks later we met in person for the final signing. The whole process was very easy and comforting for something that can be confusing and intimidating for many. Being able to meet via Zoom was very convenient for both my wife and I with our schedules and also Covid concerns. Matt was great throughout the whole process, as well was his support staff. They responded very quickly to emails and phone calls and greatly simplified what can be an overwhelming process.
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Posted by Mike | June 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Word of Thanks
Wanted to take a moment to thank Attorney Wiley and his team for guiding me through a estate planning process that was not only confusing but felt overwhelming following the loss of my wife. It's a burden lifted, I'm grateful for Matt's professional experience and insight. Looking to the future, thanks again.
Posted by Marc | November 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matt is the best!
My wife and I are so happy that we found Matt years ago. Matt is an extremely talented and knowledgeable attorney who genuinely cares about the well-being of our family. He has always taken the time to fully understand our estate planning goals and needs and made it easy for my wife and me to navigate seemingly complex estate planning issues. We plan on working with Matt on a long term basis. He has deserved my highest recommendation and I have and will continue to recommend him to family and friends.
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Posted by Roger | November 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Excellent job of taking a complex subject like estate planning and simplifying for the layman. Using and reviewing with a synopsis version of the full estate plan excellent. For all virtual and in person meetings the WED team was courteous and all questions we had, whether simple our complex, were pationtly answered.
Posted by Toby | October 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Counsel for Estate Planning
Matt Wiley took the time to understand our situation in putting together our estate planning. He has utmost knowledge in this area and offered different options in how to achieve our goals. We highly recommend Matt as your estate attorney.
Posted by Jim & Donna | October 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful, Talented, Expert Attorney!
We knew we wanted to set up a trust but had no idea what was involved. Matt walked us through what could have been an overwhelming and complicated process in a way we understood. He took time to discuss different scenarios and challenged us to think of our estate planning in a way we wouldn't have thought to. We have found an extremely knowledgeable partner that we can trust and will continue to work with us throughout the various milestones in our life ahead. We would highly recommend Matt and his team at Wiley Etter Doyon.
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2020
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Preparing our will
Matt was very knowledgeably of our needs and explained everything in detail without getting complicated. He explained things in everyday terms not legal terms. Very friendly and put us at ease. Thank you Matt
Posted by Beverly | January 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant attorney, great people skills
My husband and I met Matt when we decided to creat a trust. Matt had been recommended to us and we wanted someone local. We have been extremely happy with is guidance and his suggestions. Matt is very easy to work with.
Posted by Melissa | August 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Estate Planning Attorney
Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of working on my Estate Planning with Matt. Having never gone through this process, I could not have been happier with the outcome. Matt was knowledgeable, approachable and thoughtful. He addressed any and all of my questions and concerns in a way that I could understand, leaving me with an air of confidence I didn’t have prior to the planning process. I could not recommend Matt enough for any Estate or Business Planning one may need. Thank you to Matt and his wonderful team!
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Posted by Dustin | August 15, 2019
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Matt is the best!!
Working with Matt has been a complete breeze. He was extremely receptive to our needs and crafted a plan for us that made us feel confident that our family is taken care of. His office is also very welcoming and his staff is always on point.
Posted by Amanda | August 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Matt is the Best!
Matt is a fantastic attorney! He is professional, very informative and easy to collaborate with. The whole estate planning/will creation was such a smooth process and we're fortunate to have him in our corner.
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Supportive & Knowledgeable
I was referred to Matt for estate planning and was not disappointed. He is very down to earth, but professional. He knows his stuff! He offers a variety of services and lifetime access to him. He responded quickly to questions I emailed him between appointments. I was involved in the planning process and feel my assets are now well protected.
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Posted by Marie | March 4, 2019
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Attorney Matt Wiley
Matt was very knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend him highly. Received very professional and impressive legal documents.
Posted by DAVID | January 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matt Wiley, EXCELLENT - Estate Planner, Trusts, and Wills. Our Family worked with and hired Matt several years ago and recently
Matt Wiley is an outstanding Attorney and person. Matt's expertise and experience in Estate Planning, Trusts, and Wills is tremendous. My wife and I are both CPAs, but we wanted to go to an Attorney that specializes in this area. I met Matt when he was a guest speaker at a class I had attended on Estates, Trusts, and Wills. I was impressed with Matt's experience and knowledge at this lecture and decided to meet with him about our family's Estate Planning. Several years ago my wife and I contacted Matt to meet with him to discuss our Estate Planning needs. Matt spent significant time (2 separate meetings) with the both of us learning about our family and our Estate Planning needs. Based on these two meetings, Matt prepared a very comprehensive Estate Plan. The plan covered not only my wife and I, but for our son who has some special needs. We wanted to make sure we had the proper support both financially and from a general welfare caring standpoint for him. Matt customized the plan for us (2 Separate Meetings with Matt to review the proposed plan) and he took his time walking us through the plan BEFORE it was finalized and to make sure it accomplished what we intended and met our needs. We are very happy with our Estate Plan and how it provides for our son. What we also like about Matt is that after you received the Estate Plan he doesn't just walk away and forget you. Matt contacts us periodically to see if we need to make any changes to our plan and/or update the plan for any recent changes in the laws. Matt will inform us of any important law changes and how it may impact us and our plan. It is important to stay current and Matt is very knowledgeable in the laws in this area and the ongoing changes to the laws. We have grown to see Matt as not only our Estate Attorney, but as our friend and legal counselor on other legal matters. We have reached out to Matt for his advice and referrals to other law firms to deal with legal matters outside of Estates, Trusts and Wills. Matt is very honest and will refer you to another law firm if he believes your legal needs are outside of his area of expertise. We TRUST Matt and have all the confidence in the world in him. We never hesitate to call Matt on any legal matter to get his HONEST and PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. I have never met an Attorney as courteous, honest, knowledgeable, and professional as Matt Wiley. I recommend Matt to all of my friends. If you are not sure what direction you are going in or want to be educated in "LAYMEN" terms about Estates, Trusts and Wills, I highly recommend you contact Matt. Matt will PERSONALLY meet with you and talk to you in an easy friendly manner and will answer ALL your questions and address your concerns.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2017
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CT Financial Adviser
Matt and his team are extremely well versed, competent and thorough in all aspects of estate and elder law. I would not hesitate to refer him to any of my clients.
Posted by Charles | December 12, 2014
In Great Hands with Matt Wiley
During the past three years Matt Wiley has ably helped my partner and me with several family legal matters so effectively that I can't imagine how things could have been handled better. We are still working with Matt of estate matters and he has become a valued advisor and counsel to us. One particular legal matter was negotiated so effectively by Matt that we did not have to actually go to court for a resolution.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2014
Attorney Wiley advises with the highest quality of expertise and care
I've had the privilege of observing Attorney Wiley's expertise greatly benefit my family at a tough time. As a fellow attorney, I can attest to the fact that he is extremely knowledgeable, and has a rare charisma in the way that he communicates with those around him (not the least of which- clients!). Estate planning can be a sensitive subject, and the way that he handles each situation with great care and attention truly separates Attorney Wiley from the rest of the pack. I'd recommend his services to anyone who is looking to properly ensure that their family is well taken care of!
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Posted by Ryan, CFP | December 3, 2012
Estate Planning Expert
Matthew is an extremely qualified, professional, and detail oriented Attorney specializing in estate planning. Being a Certified Financial Planning Practioner I'm very careful about other specialists I refer my clients to. I need to be certain they are qualified to properly perform the work I refer to them. Matthew has helped many of my clients to update and put together their estate plans. I feel 100% confident referring other clients to him. He has even recently helped me update my estate plan.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2012
Legal assistance on an employment matter
The only reason I did not give Matt 5 stars in the Knowledgable category is because employment is not his area of expertise, although I would not have known it if he hadn't told me! Matt was thoughtful, encouraging and reliable throughout an employment separation. I was thankful to have him on my side. I highly recommend Matt's work.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Wiley Law, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Wiley Etter, LLC
  • 2016 - 2022
  • Managing Partner
  • Wiley Ganz, LLP
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Estate Planning Law Center, LLC
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Withers Bergman LLP
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Marketing Intern
  • Withers Bergman LLP
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Associate Financial Representative
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • 2005 - 2007
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Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Drexel University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • Estate of G
  • Successively transferred assets to children
  • Credit Shelter Trust
  • Lower Taxes

Associations

  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Chairman - Connecticut Forum
  • 2013 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Head of Connecticut Forum Document Creation Commitee
  • 2010 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • New Haven Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association, New Haven Young Lawyers Committee
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - 2016
  • WealthCounsel
  • Vice-Chair Connecticut Forum
  • 2013 - 2013
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Rising Stars Connecticut 2019
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Rising Stars Connecticut 2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Stars Connecticut 2017
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Stars Connecticut 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Stars Connecticut 2015
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Stars Connecticut 2014
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Generations
  • The Increasing Need For Special Needs Planning
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Clinging to Gold Retaining Key Employees
  • Retaining Key Employees
  • 2016
  • PHCC CT Meeting
  • Insurance and Basic Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Retirement Planning Today
  • Retirement Planning Today
  • 2015
  • Estate Planning Today
  • Estate Planning Today
  • 2015
  • Private Insurer District Meeting
  • Intro to Buy Sell Agreements
  • 2013
  • Met-life Advisor Education
  • Planning for Divorce
  • 2013
  • Retirement Planning Today
  • Retirement Planning Today
  • 2013
  • 2014 Federated Regional Kickoff Meeting
  • On Target - Estate Planners and Insurance Professionals Working Together
  • 2013
  • Private Insurer District Meeting
  • Spousal Access Insurance Trusts
  • 2013
  • Estate Planning Today
  • Estate Planning Today
  • 2013
  • Advisor Eduation
  • Intro to Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Retirement Planning Today
  • Retirement Planning
  • 2012
  • Estate Planning Today
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Retirement Planning Today
  • Retirement Planning
  • 2012
  • Estate Planning Today
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Intro to Buy Sell Agreements for Financial Advisors
  • Intro to Buy Sell Agreements
  • 2012
  • RBC Advisor Education
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
  • 2012
  • Northstar Wealth Partners Advisor Education
  • Estate Tax Changes
  • 2011
  • Special Needs Planning For a Spouse With Dementia at the Atrium at Rocky Hill
  • Special Needs Planning For a Spouse With Dementia
  • 2011
  • 2011 World Scholar Athlete Games
  • Pre-College Finance
  • 2011
  • Private Seminar
  • Special Needs Planning for Advisors
  • 2011
  • Metlife Advisor Education
  • To ILIT or Not to ILIT: That is the Question
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (24)
Endorse Matthew
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew holds a strong reputation in the legal community as an excellent estate planning and business attorney. Matt genuinely cares about finding creative solutions to make his clients happy and fulfill their goals. I highly recommend Matt for estate planning, business, and probate matters."
Business Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Wiley is an exceptional estate planning and business transactions attorney. His skills are most apparent where two fields converge. As a business attorney, many of my clients' primary sources of liquidity for retirement, and potential estates are their respective businesses. The complexity of aligning one's business affairs with their estate planning goals cannot be overstated. Mr. Wiley's rare ability to see all sides of the issues concerned in this area is of substantial value to a business owner, whether just recently incorporating, or looking towards a future sale. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Wiley to a client in need of business and estate planning services."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse and recommend Matt, whom I have known for many years in both a personal and professional capacity. Matt is a diligent and knowledgeable estate planner who focuses on building relationships with his clients while staying on the cutting edge of estate planning techniques."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an excellent attorney whom I have known for several years now. I would not hesitate to work with him on any estate planning or business matter."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is an energetic leader among his peers and a true professional in every aspect. He brings hard work, experience, knowledge, and compassion to his practice. Matt excels at educating his clients and enabling them to pick the right tool from the estate planning toolbox to achieve their desired result. Not only is he an attorney I would consult with professionally, I would confidently refer anyone to his office."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt for several years. We have attended several estate planning conferences and continuing education programs together. Matt is continually searching for better ways to assist his clients in reaching their estate planning goals. Matt is very creative and works with each of his clients to create custom designed estate planning that takes into account family needs, tax considerations and administrative costs. I recommend Matt without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my pleasure to endorse Matt Wiley. What distinguishes Matt from many of his peers is his commitment to developing long-term relationships with his clients and providing them with innovative solutions. I would be very confident in referring New Haven based clients to him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matthew both personally and professionally for many years. He is a very detail oriented attorney who is focussed on doing only what is best for his clients. His dilligence and compassion are evident in his relationships with those he represents. Therefore I endorse this attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt for several years now and have found him to be both knowledgeable and creative in the estate planning field. The depth of his experience, combined with his passion for helping clients understand their options, make Matt a truly exceptional estate planning attorney. I heartily endorse Matthew A. Wiley."
Probate Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the past 7+ years, Matthew Wiley has gone from being a respected colleague to a close friend. The professional and personal relationships have developed as such because of our aligned thinking and representation. He is dedicated to providing clients with top representation and true advocacy, and he always upholds the trust, loyalty, and respect inherently necessary for any type of relationship, whether that be as colleagues, friends, or in the attorney-client capacity. For that reason, it is without hesitation that I refer family, friends, and clients alike to him. I am proud to consider Attorney Wiley a trusted colleague, and honored to consider him a friend."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a straight shooter, an Attorney with integrity. He does Estate Planning the right way."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Friend
"Attorney Wiley is a consummate professional who works closely with clients to ensure they are completely satisfied with their estate planning or elder law needs."
Family Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Matt for about 3 years and have seen him work in a number of capacities. I have been impressed with his diligent pursuit of the right answer and the best way to make a plan work; all very valuable traits to have in an attorney who is advising you. I would recommend him as an excellent choice."
Estate planning Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Wiley is an outstanding lawyer. He is both a close friend and outstanding colleague. I was first introduced to Mr. Wiley ten years ago at Drexel University where we completed our undergraduate studies. I know him as one of the most detail-oriented, disciplined, punctual people I've ever encountered. His ability to work efficiently under stressful conditions and nerve-wrecking deadlines speaks volumes about his/her hard work, determination and his composed demeanor. In general Matt is a compassionate and hardworking human being with perseverance and ambition. As an peer in the legal world, I have watched him develop into a stand-out super star attorney. He offers sound legal advice but has a real life, practical background to help him offer advice. He always puts the interests of his clients over his own personal gains. He is an attorney I reccomend time and time again."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a great attorney. He brings a great amount of creativity to estate planning along with knowledge, experience and efficiency. I would certainly recommend his services to anyone in need of legal strategy or documentation for wealth and estate planning."
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