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Matthew Joseph Gardner

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Licensed for 9 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 01/13/2023

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Posted by Patricia | October 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Guiding Light Through the Fog
I feel very fortunate that a friend referred Mr. Gardner to me. I was looking for legal help with probate of my Mothers estate, and had hired three different lawyers that ended up either taking a retainer and then doing nothing, or resigning soon after with no explanation. Mr. Gardner took the time to really understand my case, and gave me an honest and inciteful recommendation of what would be my best course of action moving forward. With his vast network of contacts, he was able to put me in touch with some top-notch professional people that were the most appropriate to my situation . I will recommend him to everyone that is looking for an honest and helpful lawyer!
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Posted by tena | May 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
great overall experience
Matthew and his team were great from day one! I had alot of questions concerning my father's estate and Matthew was very knowledgeable! He made me feel comfortable and I hired him after our consultation. I would recommend this lawyer!
Posted by Jim | August 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
LLC
Matt is very knowledgeable and is a pleasure to work with. He setup an LLC for myself and my siblings.
Posted by Richard | July 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
My wife and I used Matthew Gardner to create a Living Trust for both of us. We found Matthew to be very diligent and competent, as well as friendly and a pleasure to work with. He was detail oriented and generated final documents which we are confident cover all our specific requirements.
Posted by Sandy | September 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matthew Joseph Gardner is a kind and compassionate person
My sister and I worked with Matt regarding our father and he was very helpful, knowledgeable, kind and compassionate. Matt did a great job for us and we highly recommend him to others.
Posted by Kristina | August 20, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing, fair, honest
Mr. Gardner was such a great resource for me. He really listened to my story, gave great counsel and even recommended another lawyer when circumstances and actions entered a realm he was not well versed in. He spoke in layman’s terms explaining things in a way I fully understood. I’ve dealt with two other lawyers and I can tell you honestly, this is a rare quality. I’ve already referred him to one friend and would highly recommend him to anyone! Thank you Matt for all you did for me!
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Posted by Akram | July 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt, and professional
Matt responded to my POA inquiry in a professional, prompt, and pleasant manner. I would hire him for estate planning needs.
Posted by Michael | July 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great estate planning attorney
My wife and I have, over a number of months, attended several estate planning workshops, and consulted with several estate planning attorneys. We heard great information in all our meetings. We met talented, intelligent attorneys, but one person stood out above the rest. Matthew Gardner was not only extremely knowledgeable, personable and helpful, but genuinely showed interest and compassion toward our unique situation. He was willing to spend the time necessary, in person and on the phone, to help us arrive at the best possible result for our situation. We truly believe Matthew is the best out there. We highly recommend him as your attorney!
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Posted by Larry | April 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Matthew Gardner
It has been a pleasure for us to collaborate with Matthew Gardner, these past few weeks to create our Estate Plan and Revocable Living Trust. No matter how hard we might have tried we could have never done this so well by ourselves. We found Matt to be very professional, well versed, warm, accommodating, interested, a superb listener, humorous, attentive to details, courteous and more. We now feel so relieved to have our affairs in order. Knowing that our lives will evolve and our situations will change, we look forward to a life-long relationship with Matt Gardner and feel comforted that we have such a valuable resource we always can turn to. Respectfully, Larry and Donna Highlands Ranch, CO
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Posted by Steve | April 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Estate Planning Experience
Matt Gardner helped us prepare our estate plan, and we could not have been more pleased with his professional competence and demeanor as well as his patience when explaining the intricacies of estate law. We could not imagine a better experience than the one which we had working with Matt Gardner.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Dependable and Generous
Matthew took time to research a question regarding an estate for me that no other attorney would touch. I contacted several attorneys; Matthew was the only to reply -- and he ended up not charging me for the research he did!
Posted by Mark | April 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Estate Planning Advice
Matt did a great job of updating my estate plan, and transferring ownership of my home to my revocable trust. Matt was responsive, clear, and efficient. I will continue using his services, and recommend Matt to anyone seeking estate planning legal services.
Posted by Emily | January 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Attorney
Mr. Gardner was a pleasure to work with! And further, he took the guesswork out of otherwise confusing legal documents. Mr. Gardner first listened, and then raised questions that I never would have thought of; but in a very kind way that showed his concern for me as a client and what was in my best interest. Mr. Gardner completed the work in a very timely manner – I can tell he took time to make sure everything was done correctly for my specific situation, but the “turnaround” time also made me feel like I was a priority and my documents were important. I would very highly, and confidently, recommend Mr. Gardner to anyone looking for an estate planning attorney.
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Posted by Desiree | January 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
I called Mr. Gardner with some questions regarding my late father's estate. He was very punctual in contacting me back and we set up phone consultation for the next day, During that time, he was extremely helpful in answering questions as well as listening to my questions and concerns. He looked into some things for me, and got back to me in less than a week. He was very punctual, kind, and I felt that he truly cares for his clients. The only reason I did not hire him, is because my family has another lawyer in the town they live in, so Mr. Garder's services were not necessary.
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Posted by Sarah | December 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy new business owner
Mr. Gardner was wonderful all throughout the process of helping me start my new business. Relatable, honest, and trustworthy. Answered all my questions and helped me understand the process. Great legal knowledge and great customer service.
Posted by Bob and Barbara | November 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matt Gardner, Our Estate Lawyer
We attended a Hammond Law Group presentation where Matt was the lead presenter. Based on his specific expertise and questions we had, we asked for Matt specifically to develop our Trust. He did an expert job, addressing each of our concerns and tailoring the documents to our needs. We are confident that Matt's work will work for our family as we have intended and look forward to periodic reviews and updates with him.
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Posted by Barbara | November 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matthew Gardner
We had our wills prepared 30 years ago and we needed to have an update. We contacted Mr. Gardner for this purpose. He was very helpful, very thorough, very concise, and very pleasant. He was well informed concerning the laws of Colorado and our needs as senior citizens. We will definitely check in with Mr. Gardner from time to time and especially if we have further need for his expertise. We would recommend Mr. Gardner to anyone with estate planning needs.
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Posted by Wesley | October 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Matt provided us valuable counsel and legal advice in the process of developing an estate plan. He patiently took the time to answer our questions - sometimes more than once - to ensure that we understood the implications of decisions we faced. We greatly appreciate his help in educating us and completing an estate plan that addressed our questions and concerns. Matt led us to understand the potential complexities of circumstances that could develop and helped us think through appropriate decisions to address those potentialities now. Matt's professionalism and affable nature gave us confidence in the resulting estate plan, and we are confident it will provide the outcomes we intend.
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Posted by Jim | October 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Complicated, but successfully executed Estate Plan
I had to get an estate plan in place because I had procrastinated too many years. My plan had to cover many things: (1) assets for possible medical expenses/assisted living care for me since I have been denied long-term care, (2) assets for my wife in case I pass away before her (which is the most probable outcome), (3) assets for four step children, two from my current marriage and two from a prior marriage, (4) assets for other family members, and (5) charitable contributions to several organizations, a church, veteran agencies, schools, and other charitable organizations. It was very complicated, but Matt diagramed the entire estate plan on a flip chart, making all the different possibilities very clear to me. We also simulated what assets and their value would go to each of over 20 family members. After I signed the Trust, Will, and other documents, he and his para-legal assistant, Jessie Sanders, made sure that my Living Trust was properly funded and all other documents were executed. I highly recommend Matt Gardner and his Estate Planning Team at Hammond Law Group in Colorado Springs, CO.
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Posted by Barb | August 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Matt and his staff did an excellent job in helping me with my needs. They are professional and courteous at all times. Whatever questions I asked were answered with the utmost respect. They made me feel like I mattered. I would highly recommend Matt and this firm.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Matthew Gardner, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hammond Law Group, LLC
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Legal Counsel & Trust Administrator
  • AMG National Trust Bank
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Colorado State Judicial Branch 17th Judicial District
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Tax & Estate Planning Associate
  • Crestone Capital Advisors
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Child Advocate Legal Intern
  • Children's Law Center of California
  • 2011 - 2011
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Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013

Legal Cases

  • Estate Plan for Client
  • Created Revocable Living Trust Plan
  • Trust Administration
  • Client Peace of Mind / Tax Savings / Estate Organization
  • Medicaid Protection Trust Plan
  • Asset Protection / Client Peace of Mind

Associations

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Estate Planning Council of Colorado Springs
  • Treasurer / Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Clients' Choice Award for Estate Planning
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Clients' Choice Award for Estate Planning
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Clients' Choice Award for Estate Planning
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Public Service Pledge Award
  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • 2013
  • Award of Excellence for High Grade in Torts II
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2011
  • Award of Excellence for High Grade in Legal Writing II
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2011
  • Award of Excellence for High Grade in Legal Writing I
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2010
  • Award of Excellence for High Grade in Civil Procedure
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2010
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Publications

  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Estate and Trust Contests, Closing the Estate, and Claims Against the Estate
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Preparing Your Estate Plan
  • Estate Planning
  • 2018
  • Estate Administration Boot Camp
  • Estate and Trust Contests, Closing the Estate, and Claims Against the Estate
  • 2018
  • Estate Planning 101: Wills, Trusts, and Probate
  • Estate Planning 101: Wills, Trusts, and Probate
  • 2017
  • Charitable Planning Tools & Estate Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (26)
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Wills and living wills Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. So many 5 star client reviews means Matt cares and is available to his clients. Unlike many lawyers, Matt will call you back."
Business Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt for close to 10 years and he is an excellent attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for personal attention and high quality work."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly recommend Matt Gardner - he's a bright attorney with a lot of integrity."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew brings a practical perspective and understanding to the estate planning process as he crafts legacy plans tailored client needs whether protecting assets while living, ensuring proper financial support of your loved ones after passing, and/or minimizing taxes and associated costs to estates. I endorse this attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew Gardner is a well informed lawyer. He provides thoughtful, well reasoned advice."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an exceptional attorney. He is insightful, thoughtful. and caring. Matt has deep knowledge in advanced elder law, estate planning, and trust administration."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have read Matthew's responses on AVVO and he gets straight to the point. His answers to issues regarding wills, trusts, probate, and powers or attorney are direct and accurate."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew is an excellent attorney. He is one of the most thorough attorneys I know and he really cares about his clients. You will be well taken care of with Matt."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a passionate attorney and well liked in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is an excellent attorney. His answers reflect a solid understanding of the law and the practical application of that law. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is dedicated to serving his clients in an excellent manner. I respect his desire to provide provide outstanding legal advice to his community. It is my pleasure to see Matt at the semi annual meetings of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a person of fine character and I recommend him for people considering their estate plan."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is an fellow attorney with me in the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Matt is very compassionate and caring. You will fine Matt personable and authentic, as have I."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Matt. Clients who work with Matt find that he takes the time to get to know them, their family and their goals for their estate plan. He ensures his client's have the peace of mind knowing that they have a comprehensive estate plan and a life-long adviser for not only themselves but, their family as well."
Estate planning Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow colleague of Matt in the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, he works to counsel clients in estates and trusts and plan for their futures."
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