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Matthew W. Harris

Estate planning Attorney at San Rafael, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Matthew

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Matthew W. Harris, Esq. is all about protecting families and preserving their legacies. Mr. Harris focuses on personalized estate planning, trust administration and trust disputes, conservatorships, probate, and financial/physical elder abuse. Matthew W. Harris, Esq. is a member of the following professional organizations: (1) California State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section; (2) American Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Committee; (3) Marin County Bar Association, Probate & Estate Planning and Elder Law Sections; (4) Contra Costa Bar Association, Elder Law Section; (5) Elder Law Attorney Practice Group (ELAP); (6) ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; and (7) (Friends of the) National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Location

Matthew W. Harris
55 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 15
San Rafael, CA, 94903

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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast, and patient with talking through details
Matt did a great job with my wife and I in setting up our one and only trust. We asked Matt to help us set up a trust to help transfer title of our house and life insurance proceeds to children in case of bad luck, and he did that. But much more, he helped us to understand and made important decisions on the additional trust components that we didn't even realized we would need to face---the advance health care directives, powers of attorney for financial matters, and such. He made himself available in the evening, when we were available to talk, which was great as we can be very busy. He made the process incredibly convenient and smooth, and even handled our unusual request for changes and general questions well. He provided experience and examples of instances where bad decisions could be very costly for the family and so helped us craft about 100 pages of documentation of a plan that I am now confident it. Also, the cost of the trust work was very reasonable. Thank you very much, Matt. Looking forward to many years of legal support in the future as well.
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Posted by Ingalill | August 9, 2015
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Mr. Harris has been giving me legal advice since January 2014. I find him thorough and competent in dealing with a very difficult government agency. He is most genial, trustworthy and a good listener. Traits that I value personally. He also set up my personal will and trust in a satisfactory manner. I am very pleased with his services. Inga.
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Posted by Sharam S. | May 16, 2015
Knowledgeable, compassionate and gentle
It is not easy for a husband and wife to sit in a room with an estate planning attorney and discuss one another's concerns if one passes before the other. Matt Harris was patient, clear and able to grasp and explain the complex issues involved. He suggested a Family Trust and took us through each step of estate planning and completed all in a super professional manner. We were happy and pleased when he delivered our family trust within three weeks of our first meeting. Matt was reasonable and we were happy with his fee and would recommend him to all who need help in this sensitive field. Sharam and Michelle Sharei San Rafael
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Posted by Leslie | May 15, 2015
Consider your loved ones
We now have a living trust. Our affairs are in order, and our children know what to do in case my husband and I are incapacitated. I've been recommending him to all of my friends.
Posted by Barbara | May 10, 2015
VIGILANT ADVOCATE!
First of all, I wish to state unequivocally that I am far from a “Former Client”! Matthew W. Harris is currently guiding me through a legal community property transference prior to entering and confirming a significantly more viable mortgage arrangement. He is also helping me to complete a comprehensive estate plan package to protect my future interests. Thus far, Matt has meticulously and patiently prepared me for every step of this journey … I will continue to seek his legal guidance along my road.
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Posted by Bernardina | May 8, 2015
Great Lawyer
Whereas prior attorneys that I had spoken to did not take my case due to extent of complications in regards to getting my rightful Italian Dual Citizenship...Matthew W. Harris did. He was extremely helpful in expediting those efforts by communicating effectively to Italian Consulate in U.S. and keeping me informed of the details throughout the long process. I received my Italian Dual Citizenship and I credit Matt's invaluable assistance.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Matthew W. Harris
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney-Paralegal
  • Law Office of Johanna T. Gomez
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Paralegal
  • Advocate Law Group/AttorneyPages.com
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Paralegal
  • Law Office of Julia P. Wald
  • 2006 - 2008
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2016
  • John F. Kennedy School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • San Francisco State University
  • B.A.
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re Matter of **
  • Court granted petition. Case resolved.

Associations

  • Marin County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Sections
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Merit Scholarship Award
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor in Estate Planning
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Merit Scholarship Award
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2014
  • Witkin Award (Civil Procedure).
  • John F. Kennedy School of Law
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Law Office of Matthew W. Harris
  • Why You Want to Avoid Conservatorship and Probate
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Valley Oak Wealth Management-Estate Planning, Probate, Conservatorship and Elder Law
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2015
  • Merrill Lynch-Estate Planning, Conservatorship and Probate
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2014
  • Prima Medical Group-Estate Planning 101
  • Estate Planning and Beyond
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (35)
Given (81)
Endorse Matthew
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Matthew Harris. He is an excellent attorney, and has extensive knowledge in Estate Planning. If I have a question for myself, or a potential client, he is my first call if I have any questions. I highly recommend Mr. Harris for this very specialized area of the law."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Guardianship Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew Harris is an excellent local attorney who is very skilled in the areas conservatorship and guardianship law. He's my first call if I have a client or potential client with a need for a conservator or guardian. I highly recommend Mr. Harris for this very specialized area of the law."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Estate Planning is one of the most important aspects of looking out for your loved ones. Matt brings a sincere desire to help his clients to the practice of law. He is a credit to the legal profession and as a fellow Estate Planning attorney I am happy to endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew expertly answers questions for the AVVO community and is easily endorsed."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Harris. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Harris' continuing dedication to the law and his clients is admirable."
Probate Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Harris is well known for his expertise, knowledge, thoroughness and experience in matters of Estate Planning. I am happy to endorse him and recommend him to the public."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very capable in his areas of practice. He has been a very helpful contributor in this forum and has demonstrated his skills and dedication."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Harris' impressive knowledge of the intricacies of estate planning make him an asset to all of his clients. He's an authority in the estate planning community. I highly recommend his services."
Trusts Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Harris is a consummate professional who brings to bear real world and practical experience to the world of estate planning, probate and living trusts. I enthusiastically endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Harris is a very well respected attorney in the legal community that handles estate planning, probate, trusts and wills, and guardianships. It is great seeing an attorney who truly cares about his clients and wishes to provide them with excellent legal services. I heartily endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have found that Mr. Harris is well versed in all areas of estate planning and would recommend him to anyone seeking assistance in this area of the law."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew is the lawyer to call in San Rafael."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Harris is a knowledgeable, highly-skilled lawyer in his field of practice. I fully endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. his compassion and care for his clients is obvious in his activities in legal community. he is asset to his community, and if you need a trust, or will to be drafted he is the one to contact."
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San Rafael Estate planning Lawyer Matthew W. Harris
Matthew W. Harris
Estate planning Attorney
San Rafael, CA
Licensed for 9 years
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