Kristen R. Matthews, CELA Associate
“Kristen is very knowledgeable about estate planning and it was a pleasure to work with her. She is most responsive to answering all questions and making sure that all parties involved fully understand the importance of the legal documents that are signed. She has provided estate planning to three generations in our family.” – Client Review from Avvo
Kristen’s law career has been exclusively devoted to helping clients with estate planning and elder law issues. She works closely with individuals and their families on all aspects of estate planning and administration, including implementing necessary legal documents, such as a Will, Living Will and Powers of Attorney. Kristen counsels families through the difficult and confusing process of qualifying for government benefits such as Medicaid, Veterans Benefits, and Social Security. Through strategic planning Kristen helps individuals to preserve their life savings when facing the high costs of long term care. Kristen also assists families with establishing special needs trusts for family members with qualifying special needs and with obtaining permission from the Court to serve as guardian for their incapacitated loved ones.
Kristen is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans with qualifying for the Aid & Attendance Pension, which is a monthly cash payment to wartime veterans and their spouses that can be used to offset today’s high cost medical expenses.
Kristen has achieved the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) from the National Elder Law Foundation. The CELA designation is recognized and authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and is only awarded to attorneys who have demonstrated extensive experience in practicing in the areas of estate planning and elder law, passed a day-long exam, and received recommendations from other attorneys who specialize in the field.
In 2016, Main Line Today Magazine named Kristen #1 Top Lawyer in the Elder Law category.
- Advised executor in probate and administration of mother’s Will.
- Assisted husband in efficiently obtaining Medicaid benefits for his wife, preserving family assets above the statutory maximum.
- Planned and implemented a strategy to assist a surviving spouse of a veteran in obtaining Veterans Pension benefits to cover the cost of her medical care.
- Counseled parents of special needs child in establishing a Supplemental Needs Trust for their child’s benefit, preserving eligibility for government needs-based entitlement programs.
- Established trusts for international clients to ease administration of their estates.
- Prepared Powers of Attorney for elderly parents, allowing children to assist them with medical and financial decisions.
- Assisted young couple in drafting their wills and setting up a trust and guardians for their minor children.
- Chester County Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA)
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- Why are Powers of Attorney so Important?
- MacElree Harvey’s Kristen R. Matthews Passes Certified Elder Law Attorney Exam
- MacElree Harvey Attorneys named 2016 Top Lawyers by Main Line Today Magazine
- Medicare Made Easy