Matthew Hart graduated from John F. Kennedy University School of Law in Pleasant Hill, California. He has been focusing on Estate Planning for his entire legal career. He is a California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law. This specialization is distinguished by the fact that out of 182,000 active attorneys in California, only 984 are currently certified legal specialists in the area of Estate Law (as of August 2014). He has attended Continuing Legal Education classes in “Drafting effective Wills and Trusts”, “Advanced Estate Planning Techniques”, and “Fundamental Probate Procedures and Practice”. He is a California State Bar certified speaker on “Avoiding Financial Elder Abuse”.
Matthew has been an adjunct professor teaching Business Law at the Master College, Walnut Creek campus. In his class, he was able to impart his law knowledge along with general business principals to teach students how to mitigate risk, and identify situations where consulting an attorney would be crucial for a business.
Matthew Hart is the author of the following articles published in the Contra Costa Lawyer monthly magazine:
Prior to becoming an attorney, Matthew Hart attended Eugene Bible College and spent 20 years in the information technology sector as a Senior Server Engineer and Manager of Intel Server Architecture. He worked for such companies as Barclays Global Investors, Compucom, and Bechtel.
He has a wife of 24 years and a young adult daughter. As a result, this life experience allows him to uniquely understand client issues related to Estate Planning.
Matthew Hart is a member of the following organizations:
California State Bar, Trust and Estates Section
California State Bar, Legal Specialization – Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
American Bar Association, Trust and Estates Section
Contra Costa County Bar Association, Trust and Estates Section
East Bay Trust and Estates Lawyers
Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley
Better Business Bureau
Antioch Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board (2014)
Calvary Temple Church