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Matthew Alan Linde

Litigation Attorney at Naples, FL

4.3   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 22 years
    California - CA 26 years
    Minnesota - MN 27 years
    Wisconsin - WI 30 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    40%
    Litigation can involve any issue, but the type of litigation that I get involved in relates to the other practice areas listed here. Much of my litigation involves wills, trusts and guardianship issues.

    31 years

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    Estate planning is a process, and what you are paying for is the experience of someone who has more than 26 years preparing estate planning documents for small estates of a few hundred thousand dollars to estates exceeding $60,000,000.00.

    31 years

  3. Guardianship
    20%
    Please see my video on this page that explains the guardianship process.

    31 years

  4. Probate
    20%
    This is the process of collecting a decedent's assets, paying valid claims against an estate and distributing the assets those entitled to receive the assets.

    31 years

As of June 2021, I am one of 11 Florida lawyers (out of approximately 91,000 currently practicing ) who have attained board certification by the Florida Bar in Elder Law and in Wills, Trusts, and Estates and is the only lawyer in Southwest Florida to attain this status.  Certification is the Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of an attorney's competency, experience and professionalism in the areas of law approved for specialization.  My team and I prepare high-end estate plans, administer complicated probates, trusts and guardianships and litigate in these areas.  Do you need an Expert in Elder Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates? If so the Florida Bar has been evaluated me for professionalism and tested me for expertise!  For additional information call me today at!

As the result of a recent feedback please note if you are sending documents for me to reveiw: I receive many requests to consult and have found over the years that sometimes people send voluminous documents only to never be heard from again. I have also found that sometimes I receive voluminous documents only to discover after one or two questions that I cannot assist someone for various reasons. Since I am busy performing valuable services for paying clients, I review documents provided during, and not before, free consultations. Given my many years of experience and board certifications, I can go through all but the most complex documents in a few minutes.  We generally get invovled in matters with clients who need substantial services.  For new estate planning clients we have a minimum fee of $1,.  Thank you.

 

Photos and videos

Matthew Linde discusses his experience with his father's undue influence case.
What is the procedure for a Florida guardianship.

Location

Linde Law Group
2977 Goodlette-Frank Road North, Suite 40
Naples, FL, 34103
Linde Law Group
12693 New Brittany Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL, 33907
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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Cheryl | September 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
But my mind at rest
Mr. Linde took time out his busy day to talk to me on the phone for free and answered my questions. I live on Social Security and own a house. In years past the mortgage company attempted to foreclose on me. That is a scarey position for anyone to be in. For people reading this, my daughter and her autistic son live with me. I had a trust prior to having mortgage problems. My concern was, will my trust still hold after these mortgage problems? Mr. Linde informed me that because the mortgage company did not win in court that my Trust is still valid. That is such a relief for me. Now I can rest easy knowing that if something happens to me, my daughter and her son will still have a place to live. God Bless Mr. Matt Linde for sharing his knowledge.
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Posted by jim and michelle | May 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding legal representation
I researched a lot of different law firms before hiring Matt. I can honestly say it was the best decision I ever made. Matt and Doug are intelligent, professional and of the highest integrity. After a review of my case, Matt accurately predicted how it would resolve, Bringing to end a very stressful time in our lives while preserving the wishes and legacy of my parents. We can't thank Matt and his firm enough. I would highly recommend Matt and Doug to anyone who has trust or estate issues and questions of any kind.
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Posted by Nicholas Conforti | August 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Matt Linde, prepared a update to my Will, Trust Agreement and other related documents. He was the most through attorney I've ever used to change these important documents as I near my 80th birthday. He has been very professional in advising me throughout the rewrite. Thanks, Matt
Posted by Isabella | August 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate Case with International involvement
I had a very complicated probate case (neither me as the hire nor my common law spouse as the Decedent are US citizens) regarding property in Florida. Matthew Linde was able to solve the case in my favour in rather short time although there was massive opposition from another family member. I definitely only can highly recommend Matthew Linde for any probate case, no matter how complicated!
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Posted by ilse | July 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mrs.
Was involved in a complicated estate issue which involved my brother.He did his job without being antagonistic.
Posted by Mark | May 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable & Professional
Hired Matt to help with a family Guardianship matter, that was becoming very contentious. He handled it with ease and knowledge. Matt has a true knowledge of the law. The out Come was just as he told it would be. I’m very pleased, with his work.
Posted by Claire | May 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cllient
Matt Linde was the second attorney I retained regarding a guardianship. I wish I had retained Mr. Linde from the start. His knowledge of Florida elder law was impressive. What ever the document Mr Linde was able to explain its content in a clear and concise manner. Most importantly Mr. Linde was proactive. In the end Mr. Linde was able to secure the best possible outcome. Thank you Matt Linde!
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Posted by Michel Luisanya | May 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responded very quickly
I'm in Miami looking for a lawyer in Lee county. I sent an email detailing our needs and Mr. Linde responded very quickly. We will be calling him on the phone for an initial consulation.
Posted by Debbie | November 11, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate, Wrongful death
If anyone could write about the character & professionalism of Matthew Linde, it would be me. After 8 yrs, 2 trials & an appeal (which by the way we won), I think I know him well. If you are looking for an honest & competent attorney, he is for you. If he can help you he will. I want to thank him for all he has done for myself & my family.
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Posted by Tammy | June 12, 2015
My experience with Matthew Linde
In May 2014 I contacted Matthew Linde's office seeking legal representation. Mr. Linde phoned me the very next morning and was very pleasant and professional. We discussed the issues and he then explained how he practices. His fees, billing, communication, etc... The lawsuit began August 2012 and I hired an Attorney September 2012. Although very kind there was simply movement of paper and motions for this and that with no Trial date in sight, and no communication which unfortunately has divided the family. In May 2014 Matthew Linde agreed to take the case, took minimal time to review the former Attorneys documents, proceeded with discovery, etc... with a Trial date set for June 2015. We did have Mediation in April 2015 and result, Settlement Agreement! Mr. Linde (out of 5 attorneys) was very prepared and the only one who walked into mediation "ON TIME", did not charge after a 12 hour day, and brought his computer, etc... So we could all sign (if agreement reached) right then! Mr. Linde as well as his excellent staff kept me informed weekly by e-mails and phone calls. Some of which were on weekends and evenings! Complete itemized billing monthly was appreciated. In closing yes, I would highly recommend Mr. Matthew A. Linde to anyone who is serious about trying to find resolution to their case.
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Posted by John | August 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Find A Different Attorney
A consult was scheduled to review estate docs. As requested by Mr. Linde's firm all existing estate docs as well as potential changes/concerns were emailed several days prior to the consult. At the consult it was readily apparent that Mr. Linde had not reviewed any of the documents or intake information and was confused due to the lack of preparation. Mr. Linde became defensive when clarification was offered to clear up the confusion. The consult was a waste of time and effort. Unfortunate as his credentials are strong.
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Response from Matthew Linde August 21, 2021
Thank you for your feedback. I want everyone who talks to me to be satisfied, even on a free consultation with a caller who is not the person seeking services that lasts for a couple of minutes. Some general comments for individuals seeking estate planning services for our firm. I receive many requests to consult and have found over the years that sometimes people send voluminous documents only to never be heard from again. I have also found that sometimes I receive voluminous documents only to discover after one or two questions that I cannot assist someone for various reasons. Since I am busy performing valuable services for paying clients, I review documents provided during, and not before, free consultations. Given my many years of experience and board certifications, I can go through all but the most complex documents in a few minutes. I apologize if that was not communicated to you.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2014
DISAPPONITMENT!
I hired Linde to handle a personal matter. He seemed attentive and knowledgeable in the beginning but then he lost interest and called my case a charity case as he was being paid very well for what little he did. He did not complete my case as he moved as slow as a turtle and leaving me no choice but to hire a new attorney. He over charges on his bills especially as the court house is 15 minutes from his firm. If you want to pay top dollar and not get anything accomplished hes your man! I would not recommend him to any one!
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Response from Matthew Linde October 19, 2019
I appreciate constructive criticism of legal services provided. Such criticism helps me provide better services. Here, I am fully aware of the identity of this author and disappointed this former client didn't truthfully describe why I refused to continue representing him. If you meet with me, you will find a Florida Bar Board Certified expert in elder law and wills, trusts and estates who listens carefully and gives candid legal advice. Please contact me at 239.939.7100 for additional information.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Director/attorney
  • Linde Law Group
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate
  • Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, Pa
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Gilfix & La Poll Associates
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Tax Senior
  • Arthur Andersen
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Tax Senior
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Associate
  • Godfrey, Neshek, Worth & Leibsle, S.C.
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Wisconsin Air National Guard
  • 1986 - 1992
  • Survival Instructor
  • United States Air Force
  • 1981 - 1986
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1999
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • B.A.
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Covey v. Shaffer, 277 So.3d 694 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2019
  • The appeal was successful and the matter was remanded.
  • Cosman v. Rodriquez, 153 So.3rd 371 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2014)
  • The District reversed the trial court and remanded for a new trial.
  • Patrowicz v. Wolff, 110 So.3d 973 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2013)
  • The appeal was successful and the lower court order quashed.

Associations

  • Florida Bar Board Elder Law Certification Committee
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Lee County Bar Association, Real Property Probate and Estate Planning Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Collier County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Christian Chamber of Commerce of Lee County
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Tax Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Co-chair - Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Secion
  • 2014 - 2018
  • American Inns of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2011 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Re-certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • Matthew A. Linde
  • 2018
  • Board Certified - Elder Law
  • Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • 2016
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • 2016
  • Board Certified - Wills, Trusts & Estates
  • Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • 2013
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Wisconsin Air National Guard
  • 1991
  • Summa Cum Laude Graduate
  • University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
  • 1989
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • 1985
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Speaking Engagements

  • NBI Seminar on Ethics and Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Monthly meeting
  • Undue Influence and Exploitation of the Elderly
  • 2014
  • 27th Annual Florida State Guardianship Association
  • Expert Testimony Under Fla. STat. 90.702
  • 2014
  • Brown Bag
  • Selected Issues with Joint Representation
  • 2012
  • Annual Specialization Roundtable
  • Review of Peer Review
  • 2012
  • NBI Seminar on Florida Trust Law
  • Trust Litigation Issues
  • 2009
  • NBI Seminar on Florida Probate Law
  • Probate LItigation
  • 2008
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