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Matthew M Luedke

Elder law Attorney at Spokane, WA

4.6   11 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

Virtual consultation available

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    30%
    Veteran's Administration Benefits, Medicaid Planning, and Guardianships. Assists clients in preparation of an application for VA and/or Medicaid Benefits for Long Term Care and waiver programs. Will act as Petitioner or Alleged Incapacitated Person's attorney in Guardianship proceedings.

    15 years

  2. Trusts
    30%
    Trust administration of simple and complex estates and trusts.

    15 years

  3. Probate
    15%

    15 years

  4. Estate planning
    10%

  5. Wills and living wills
    10%
    Preparation of simple and complex estate planning documents.

    15 years

  6. Power of attorney
    5%

    15 years

Matthew (Matt) Luedke was born and raised in Washington (Maple Valley). Mr. Luedke graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Communications. Following his undergraduate work, Mr. Luedke attended and graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law with his Juris Doctorate cum laude(with honors).

Mr. Luedke is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Washington, the Federal District Court in Eastern Washington and before the Veteran’s Administration (VA Accredited Attorney). Mr. Luedke is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Spokane County Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Washington State Elder Law Section, and WealthCounsel.

Mr. Luedke has been practicing in Estate Planning and Elder Law since passing the Bar in 2008 and joined Moulton Law Offices, P.S. in 2009. Mr. Luedke regularly assists clients with estate planning including preparation of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney as well as advanced planning including Irrevocable Trusts. Mr. Luedke additionally assists with Trust Administration and Probate both as an advisor as well as a professional fiduciary. Finally, Mr. Luedke advises families on Long-term Care planning through advanced planning, Medicaid Crisis Planning and the Veteran’s Administration. Mr. Luedke advises on avoiding the detrimental and often devastating impacts providing for a loved one’s Long-term Care needs and financial costs.

Mr. Luedke is married with three daughters (twins plus a surprise). Mr. Luedke enjoys competitive basketball playing as well as watching the Zags, professional photography, and playing with his family. Mr. Luedke is Mason and a long-time adult volunteer for a non-profit youth organization called DeMolay.

Mr. Luedke has been selected to the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Washington Super Lawyers List as a Rising Star in Elder Law and selected in Spokane Living Magazine as one of the Most Trusted Lawyers in the area. Super Lawyers are considered the highest rated lawyers available for representation and continue to meet and exceed a high level of work in the law industry. Only 5% of attorneys receive Super Lawyer distinctions.

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Licensed for 14 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Moulton Law Offices, P.S.

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Debra | August 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Matthew Luedke
The exceptional service and support we received from Matthew Luedke with Moulton Law Offices have spurred me to write and thank him for all he did for our family in settling our father’s estate. Matthew was unfailingly skilled and patient through what was a challenging time for us. He was available, knowledgeable and professional throughout the ups and downs of this new experience of being executor of an estate. No matter what the challenges along the way, and there were many, he navigated all of them on our behalf with outstanding expertise. We can’t thank him enough for his legal expertise, kindness, and guidance.
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Posted by Monica | March 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service
Our family has been working with Matthew Luedke of Moulton Law Offices for the past 5 plus years. He has assisted our family with a trust and all of the details with this trust. Matthew is always very patient answering all of our many questions over the years. We highly recommend his legal services.
Posted by Ross | March 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Support
Matthew has helped with elder issues for my mother spanning ten years. He set up a Living Trust, Irrevocable Trust, a VA pension, and helped with a Senior Discount for property taxes. His expertise has helped my mother's financial situation, and made my job of caring for her much easier.
Posted by Craig | July 24, 2014
The Groendyke Irrevocable Trust
Matt did a great job setting up two trusts for me and recommending we apply for VA benefits for my mom. When ever I had a question, he was right there to answer the question and explain the details.
Posted by Susan | July 2, 2014
VA benefits awarded for our father
Matthew was very helpful, professional and efficient in helping us navigate through the complex process of applying, securing and receiving VA benefits for our father. We were very happy when we started receiving them within 3 mos of applying. He even met us on his lunch break while he was on Jury Duty, as he wanted to expedite the process. He always responded promptly with any questions we had. We would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Mona | June 26, 2012
VA Benefits
We had heard that mom might be eligible for VA Benefits, since my father now deceased was in WWII. Mom and I went down to the local VA office and asked for there help. We submitted the documents on our own and 6 months later we were denied. My nephew suggested we try reapplying but this time with Matthew's help. One month later mom is now receiving benefits! It's very clear we could not of done this without Mathew's help, call Matthew now you will not regreat it!
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Posted by Mary | April 27, 2012
Expert assistance in application process of Veterans Administration benefit for wartime service for the elderly.
In early March of this year we were referred to Matthew Luedke for help in applying for a WWII veteran's benefit for a member of our family. Matthew readily made himself available and we were then engaged in a rather involved process of completing this application. Matthew was very knowledgeable about the process and provided detailed guidance in all relevant areas. He was very prompt, personable and competent in every respect. The application was completed and approved by the Veterans Administration in less than three weeks. We are aware of others not assisted by Matthew who have spent 6 months gaining such approval. Matthew was a delight to work with and we would recommend his services to anyone who wants competent and professional legal guidance.
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Posted by Peter | July 14, 2011
Veterans Benefits
Our family hired Mr. Luedke to help apply for veterans benefits for our aging father. This week the benefits award came through, and we are very pleased with the outcome. Mr. Luedke answer all of our questions, including a number of complicated and difficult questions. He was able to keep the process on track, and he was always prompt and thorough during our correspondence. Most importantly, he delivered the outcome we were looking for. I am an attorney licensed and active in Washington, and I highly recommend Mr. Luedke for his areas of expertise.
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Posted by Tom | July 14, 2011
Matthew has done a great job setting up my elderly parents estate.
Matthew and his firm Moulton have been helping us with estate planning and setting up trusts for my elderly parents in Spokane. Matthew has been great at informing us about our options, which can seem complicated, but his experience has helped us make decisions and take actions to protect my parents financial security. For instance, Matthew identified that as an Army Veteran, my father could receive a VA pension. He told us what we needed to do to qualify, gave us clear direction on gathering the information for the application, prepared and submitted the application himself and followed up diligently with the VA until it was approved. The extra income will really help with long term care, and we never would have found this opportunity without Matthew. I would recommend Matthew for anyone needing an elder law attorney.
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Posted by Aaron | July 11, 2011
VA Benefits - Recommendation
To whom it may concern: This letter is to thank Matthew Luedke of Moulton Law Offices, and to recommend him as an advisor, to aid Veterans and their spouses in obtaining VA Benefits. In what first seemed to be an impossible venture, Matt's help and percerverence went a long way to expedite and finish this task. Without his assistance, we would never have been able to obtain the $1,949 per month assistance for long term care.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2013
Expensive and poor billing practices
We hired Mr Luedke for a set of simple estate documents for my mother. Her estate was as straightforward as possible, and he generated simple form documents. But he didn't disclose his billing policies before the fact. He decided that some things were to be charged as a flat fee and some hourly. In other words, he wanted $800 for printing a document off of his computer, without changes, in addition to hourly charges. After we received the initial shocking bill, he sent out a second bill, for nearly the same amount - basically charging twice for the services. We were asked to pay about $2300 to divide my mothers $120,000 house three ways. It was a nightmare.
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Response from Matthew Luedke August 9, 2013
I am disappointed that this client's son (the reviewer) was dissatisfied as at the time he told me the family was very satisfied with my services. The client asked me to come to her home and meet with her and her children to discuss very sophisticated estate and long term care planning, and come back the following day with the documents ready for execution, which I did. Typically, an estate plan where a client is seeking to protect a home or other assets from future long term care costs might include an irrevocable trust, deed, last will and testament, durable powers of attorney for financial matters, durable powers of attorney for healthcare decision making, and advance healthcare directives. This planning is not, by any means, simple, "straight forward as they come", nor something that form documents will cover. I have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours learning the legal theories behind the planning involved and many many more hours developing my forms which serve these purposes. These forms require very careful consideration and tailoring on a case by case basis and are tailored to each client's circumstances. I NEVER use fill in the blank documents nor any document that is not tailored to my client's specific circumstances and I resent the implication that I charged $800 simply for hitting a print button. In my initial phone contacts with this client's son, we discussed the level of planning for long term care, the general methods of planning and I disclosed my billing practice of a flat fee for the creation of an irrevocable trust and hourly fee for the remaining documents. I charge a flat fee for my trusts primarily because it would be impossible to fairly spread the cost of their creation among all of my clients nor is it practical to bill hourly for their preparation as this may result in a fee much much larger than the flat fee. I tried to explain this concept to the client's son following my representation of his mother, but he insisted that he felt I spent no time in preparing the 34 page trust. Planning for Long Term Care can save clients hundreds of thousands of dollars which this family requested, received, and will very likely, benefit from. This planning, however, requires special expertise and skilled drafting. Had the client only sought a new will to dispose of the home as the client has stated in this review, the fee would have been, appropriately, much smaller or they could have gone to legalzoom.com. This client's son immediately contacted me regarding concerns about his mother's bill. To resolve the matter I wrote off over $800 from the bill at their request and was told the client was satisfied. The client's son even commented that he would encourage his mother to come back to see me in the future should she need to make changes. I strive to provide exceptional service and special expertise in the areas of Elder Law (VA & Medicaid Planning) and Estate planning. I strive for client satisfaction which all other reviewers agree has been nothing short of excellent.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Moulton Law Offices, P.S.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Moulton Law Offices, P.S.
  • 2009 - 2019
  • Principal
  • Law Firm of Matthew M. Luedke
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Sayre & Sayre, P.S.
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude
  • 2008
  • University of Washington
  • Bachelors of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • In Re Estate of Richard Oberdorfer
  • Positive

Associations

  • Washington DeMolay
  • State Dad Advisor
  • 2015 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Frank S. Land Lodge #313 F&AM
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington DeMolay
  • Assistant State Dad Advisor
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Gonzaga University School of Law Mentoring Program
  • Vice Chair
  • 2012 - 2014
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2021 Rising Star: Washington Elder Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Most Trusted Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2021
  • 2020 Rising Star: Washington Elder Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • 2018 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2019
  • 2019 Rising Star: Washington Elder Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • 2017 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2018
  • 2016 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2017
  • 2015 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2016
  • 2014 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2015
  • 2013 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2014
  • 2012 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • 2011 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Tutor of the Year
  • Gonzaga Student Bar Association
  • 2007
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Medicaid & VA Benefits Planning
  • Medicaid and VA Planning Seminar
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (10)
Endorse Matthew
Elder law Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an excellent lawyer. I do not hesitate to refer my own family and friends to Matt when they need a lawyer for elder law issues, estate planning, or probate needs."
Trusts Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Matthew is a remarkable attorney. He continues to prove to me his exceptional knowledge in Trust, Estate Planning, and Elder Law. I highly recommend and endorse him in these practice areas and would readily refer my closest friends and family to seek his advice."
Elder law Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a top notch lawyer and all around good guy. He matches his legal knowledge and skill with the highest level of ethics. I endorse Matt without reservation."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matt. He is a hard-working lawyer with a great deal of experience in all facets of estate planning, probate, trusts, and elder law. I highly recommend Matt."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matthew has been a great help for me as I learn and develop my elder law and Veterans benefits practice. He is knowledgeable, attentive, polite, and engaging. He is keenly focused on the issues that affect aging clients and their families. I endorse this lawyer's work."