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Matthew R. Rheingans

Estate planning Attorney at Venice, FL

5.0   19 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 20 years
    Kentucky - KY 24 years
    Oregon - OR 16 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2003
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State KY
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2007
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Medicaid planning for long term nursing home care, pre-mortem legal planning, public benefits advice .

    25 years

  2. Estate planning
    Preparation of wills, trusts and other estate plan documents.

    25 years

  3. Probate
    Probate and trust administration when an individual either dies or a successor trustee needs assistance administering a trust.

    25 years

  4. Power of attorney
    Preparation of powers of attorney, living wills, health care surrogates and other documents.

    25 years


I limit my practice to Medicaid Planning for Nursing Home Benefits, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration. 

I am a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney by the Florida Bar. I am the only Board Certified Elder Law Attorney practicing in southern Sarasota County.  I have been board certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar since 2016.  

I have a passion for assisting my clients overcome their issues and guide them through challenging times.  I consider it a privilege when someone entrusts me with their legal matter and I work hard to establish a relationship with each one of my clients that I hope will last a lifetime.

Originally from Wisconsin, I was raised in Venice, Florida since I was 9 years old and am a product of the Pine View School and Venice High School.  I went to Stetson University for my undergraduate degree and the University of Kentucky College of Law for my law degree.  

I am a good person and a good attorney.  However, we cannot be experts in everything.  If I am not the right person to handle your matter, I will tell you at the outset  and I will also point you in the direction of someone who is.  I look forward to us meeting soon!


Hall & Rheingans, PLLC


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Posted by LeeAnne | September 3, 2014
Look no further for an Elder Law Attorney
I couldn't be more pleased with my choice in Matthew. He is always available to answer my questions, and I have had many as we went and continue to go through the process of elder care planning. Matthew has a high degree of knowledge in elder law, develops creative solutions and pays great attention to detail. I would and will recommend him to any needing an elder law attorney.
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Posted by KMP | December 8, 2014
Another State of Mind
Having something happen to a parent while you are thousands of miles away is hard , but having to manage healthcare and family care laws in another state can magnify the crisis. Matt walked our family step by step through the medicare and medicaid programs . He was prompt in returning phone calls and thorough with his explanations on Florida family care law. With out him, we could not have been able to execute time sensitive documents and provide the best care for our mother. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Tricia Johnson | November 4, 2014
Medicaid approval
Matt took the info and organized it to submit to Medicaid. He got the approval in 4 weeks and 3 days! I could not have done it with out his guidance. I interviewed 4 lawyers...he was the one who was the most competent and fair and trustworthy.
Posted by Hal | April 14, 2014
Knowledgeble and Sensitive to Client's Needs
My wife and I had the distinct pleasure of working with Matt Rheingans recently. He counseled us, clearly informed us and prepared excellent documents suited to our needs. Having a son with special needs makes it important that we have the correct documents for our family. We strongly endorse the professionalism and sincerity of Attorney Rheingans.
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Posted by Steve | January 13, 2014
Great Advice
Matt gave me some advice with a restraining order i was seeking. His advice was THE BEST , because what he said would probably happen, did . He is a super nice polite guy. very easy to speak with. He really is good at looking at a situation from many angles.
Posted by Tonia & Russ | January 10, 2014
Matt was referred to us by a friend when a family member in Florida passed away. Being 1200 miles away and the estate needing to be probated we were kind of at a loss but after speaking with Matt we felt totally comfortable with him handling this matter. Every thing after that point went as smooth as it could. He kept us informed of the entire process and everything was handled in the most professional way. Now I can say I have another friend in Florida.
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Posted by Lance | November 20, 2013
Estate Planning with Confidence
My wife and I recently moved to Florida and recognized the need for updating estate plans. Matt was just the person we needed. He listened, understood fully our interests, explained each step in a way that was clear, was responsive, and gave both of us confidence in his ability to handle our estate plans. He made himself available for all questions, displayed a sense of caring and attention to our needs, and finalized all documents in a timely manner . I highly recommend him as a person who can be trusted.
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Posted by Arlene | July 27, 2013
Fine lawyer and a great guy!
I retained Matt to help me with an Estate Planning situation for my sister who was quite ill. The situation really needed his immediate attention. I was pleasantly surprised when he knew exactly how to handle it and did it in record time. He certainly impressed me with his knowledge and expertise regarding Estate Planning as well as other matters. He's cheerful, friendly and liistens carefully to what you say. He has given me peace of mind so much so that I will be seeing him in about a month about setting up my own Estate Planning needs.
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Posted by Patricia | July 9, 2013
Competent, Intelligent & Helpful
Matt has represented me in twice in the past two years in real-estate transactions. He has proved to be competent, intelligent and very helpful. I would recommend him highly to anyone looking for an able and personable lawyer. I shall certainly use him again for any future legal needs.
Posted by Gary | February 28, 2013
This legal eagle soars
qualified and paid attention to personal goals. Communicated extremely well and on a timely basis. From step A thru was a pleasure to deal with such a professional.
Posted by Ronald and Anna Bella | February 12, 2013
Miracle worker
We hired Matt to coordinate a set of real estate transactions that required recording of deeds before transfer of funds, a seemingly impossible occurrence. He was able to work with two other attorneys who had their own sets of needs and a large bank which had yet another complex set of requirements to finally work out a resolution to what others had said was impossible. Matt did it partly because of his extensive experience and also his very pleasant and non-threatening disposition but ultimately because of his sharp mind. We were very pleased with every aspect of our interaction with Matt.
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2012
I would highly recommend Matt for his expertise . He helped us a great deal while we had to face some life altering events. DS
Posted by David | July 12, 2012
Estate Planning clients (husband and wife)
Matt took the time to explain our options and the relative merits of each. We are very pleased with the outcome.
Posted by Bob | May 30, 2012
5 Stars!
Matt handled a real estate contract dispute for me in a very prompt resourceful, and professional manner. Matt was a pleasure to work with, offering great insight and advice regarding Florida real estate law. I look forward to working with Matt in the future.
Posted by Laraine | August 7, 2011
Matt handled a very complex real estate deal for me. He was always available either by phone or email to address my concerns without making me feel like they were unimportant. Matt took the time to explain all the legal avenues available and the best way to proceed. He kept me informed step by step as the process continued to closing. I felt very confident with his knowledge of real estate and trusts. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering his professional services.
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Posted by Sydney | August 4, 2011
We had put off formalizing our estate plan for several years. After meeting with Matt Rheingans a few months ago, we decided to get the process going. Matt was diligent and attentive, asking detailed questions about our assets, our goals, and our plans for our heirs. He formalized a plan and clearly laid out the steps in the process (what he was going to do, what we needed to do). He walked us through all of the paperwork with care and attention. We found Matt to be extremely personable and very knowledgeable about the estate planning process. We highly recommend Matt Rheingans and are so thankful he was able to work with us to finalize our plans.
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2011
From my first meeting with Matt I found him to be an extraordinary young lawyer who put me immediately at ease. He is extremely knowledgeable and conveyed information to me in easy to understand language. He came up with some excellent suggestions for me in my estate planning. I would wholeheartedly recommend him.
Posted by Patricia | June 16, 2011
Trish's review.
Matt represented me recently in a real estate transaction..He was professional and friendly and did an outstanding job. He kept me informed at all times and was easy to reach if I had questions. I would recommend him without question to any one needing legal advice given in a friendly and competent way.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2011
Positive Experience
Hired Matt from a referral from my realtor. Right from our first meeting when I met Matt, he was very friendly, easy to talk with and very knowledgable about the area I hired him for assistance. He kept me well informed of all proceedings, documents and reviewed all the information submitted and attended the closing and again reviewed all information to make sure there were no "last-minute" glitches. I felt very comfortable and at-ease during the entire process. This was defnitely a very positive decision and relationship. After using Matt's services, I now consider him a good friend and will defnitely use him for any additional legal work and will refer him to family and friends.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hall & Rheingans, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Chaiperson
  • Loveland Center
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney/President
  • Law Office of Matthew Rheingans, P.A.
  • 2003 - 2014


  • University of Kentucky College of Law
  • JD
  • 1998
  • Stetson University
  • Business Administration
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • McKinney v. Monbouquette
  • $1.3 million jury verdict


  • Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys
  • President, Secretary, Treasurer, Board Member Emeritus
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, Medicaid Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Venice Estate Planning Council
  • Chairman (2011-12); Vice-Chairman (2010-11)
  • 2010 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Sertoma International Service Club
  • Secretary (2005-06); Sgt. At. Arms (2012-13)
  • 2003 - Present
  • Thomas E. Penick, Jr. Elder Law Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2014 - 2017
  • United Way of South Sarasota County
  • Allocations Sub-Committee
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Venice-Englewood Bar Association
  • President
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Judge John Scheb American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Venice-Englewood Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Venice-Englewood Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • German

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Board Certification in Elder Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Service Award (Bronze Level)
  • Legal Aid of Manasota
  • 2015
  • Readers' Choice Award Finalist
  • Venice Gondolier-Sun
  • 2014
  • Leadership Institute Class of 2010
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • AFELA Mid-Year UnProgram
  • Event Co-Chair
  • 2016
  • Lovelanders' Meeting
  • Guardianship, Guardianship Advocate & the ABLE Act
  • 2015
  • Gulf Cove United Methodist Church Speaker Series
  • Medicaid Planning & Estate Planning in Florida
  • 2015
  • Private Speaker Series
  • Medicaid Planning for Long Term Care
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (18)
Endorse Matthew
Elder law Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Matthew R. Rheingans as an excellent lawyer with a tremendous client focus. Not only have I come to know Matt as a fellow lawyer in the community, but I have also had the pleasure of working on a matter with him. Clearly, Matt is very talented and is highly skilled and knowledgeable in his practice areas of elder law, real estate, probate and estate planning. In addition, his experience as a trial lawyer greatly enhances and complements his skills and abilities, adding even greater value to the services he provides his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is an extremely talented lawyer and very knowledgeable in his dedicated practice areas. Not only is he an excellent lawyer, but he also maintains the highest sense of ethics and morality. Plus, his familiarity with and experience within the community makes him a strong advocate for all his clients. I have referred Matthew several cases and my clients have always been very pleased with his representation. I would certainly want Matthew in my corner."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Friend
"Matt is a highly competent, ethical, and compassionate attorney. He enjoys a good reputation in the Venice legal community. I've found him to be very knowledgeable and well-prepared. I highly endorse this lawyer and would not hesitate to send him estate planning and probate referrals in the Venice and Englewood area."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Matthew to anyone looking for a quality estate planning attorney. We are both members of a national estate planning group, and I have come to recognize Matthew as a solid contributor to the group and quality attorney to his clients."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Mr. Rheingans through professional association membership. This attorney is among the top in his field. I would surely refer clients who needed help in his community. Matthew is very competent and very good with his clients. Highly recommended."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is among the top in his field. I would definitely would refer clients who needed help in his community. Matthew is very competent and very good with his clients. Highly recommended."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney is among the top in their field. I would surely refer clients who needed help in his community. Matthew is very competent and very good with his clients. Highly recommended."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt has a quick mind that he is able to use in a wide range of cases. He has a unique blend of litigation skills and transactional work that no doubt benefit him in handling matters for clients. Matt has a no nonsense approach to resolving disputes which keep costs down while still achieving the desired outcome. Although Matt is a worthy foe in the courtroom, he goes out of his way to build and maintain relationships with his clients and with fellow lawyers."
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Matt Rheingans. He is smart, witty, intelligent and personable --all attributes of a great attorney. From real estate to business litigation to personal injury work, Matt has done it all and knows it all. As a former insurance defense attorney, he understands how the insurance companies operate and he can represent his clients better as a result of his experience."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am pleased to endorse Matt Rheingans. I have worked with Matt on a number of cases and found him to be extremely competent and considerate of clients. Matt is very capable in the handling of commercial and business litigation, personal injury matters, and criminal defense. I appreciate his responsiveness and motivation. Matt is an excellent attorney!"
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