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Matthew Parker ,CELA

Marshall, Parker and Weber

Matthew Parker ,CELA

Marshall, Parker and Weber

Matthew Parker ,CELA

Marshall, Parker and Weber

Attorney Parker joined Marshall, Parker & Weber in 2000 and became a Principal of the firm in 2006. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and then went on to Penn State Dickinson School of Law where he received his law degree. Before joining the law firm of Marshall, Parker & Weber, Attorney Parker worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Presiding Judge Harold A. Thompson of the Pike County Court of Common Pleas and as a general practice attorney in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Working in a general practice firm, Attorney Parker quickly realized he wanted to concentrate his practice on elder law and estate planning. The laws governing nursing home and long-term care planning were too complicated and always changing.  He understood that it is necessary for an attorney to specialize in this type of law to provide the best services.  He joined Marshall, Parker & Weber in 2000 so he could narrow his focus with a nationally-recognized firm.

Attorney Parker is one of Pennsylvania’s elite Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA). This distinction is held by fewer than 55 attorneys in the state. The CELA designation has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and is only awarded to individuals who have demonstrated extensive experience in practicing estate planning and elder law, passed a day-long exam, and received recommendations from other attorneys who specialize in the field. He is also proud to represent Veterans as a VA Accredited Attorney for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Attorney Parker has also gained national acclaim when he won a landmark decision in the Federal Court case, James v. Richman. The case established specialized Medicaid annuities as a means of protecting the financial resources of married couples when one spouse needs nursing home care. His victory in this case has provided an additional planning technique for thousands of seniors throughout Pennsylvania and other states.

He is a member of the National Elder Law Foundation, The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and  The Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys. He has also been named by Law & Politics Magazine as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of Elder Law from 2008-2014, 2016-2017.

Attorney parker has taught for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and is a frequent speaker to consumer and professional groups on elder law issues including guardianship and estate planning. He is the author of chapter in the PBI publications, Estate Planning in Pennsylvania and Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania. He is also the editor of the 4th eidtion of the nationally recognized treatise "Elder Law in Pennsylvania."

Firm Description

With offices conveniently located in Williamsport and Jersey Shore (Lycoming County), and Plains (Luzerne County), Marshall, Parker & Weber is a group of lawyers and other professionals who help families with estate planning and administration and protecting their financial security from the cost of lifetime care. We prepare Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Beneficiary Designations, Deeds, Family Agreements, Probate documents, and other legal tools to help preserve our client's autonomy and follow thier wishes.  If needed, we help people find support and financing to meet their care needs and stay at home as long as possible. If nursing home care is needed, we show families how to pay for care without losing their homes and other assets.

If you have a spouse or parent who needs long-term care at home or in an institution, we can help you. Since 1980 we have helped thousands of Pennsylvania families protect their homes and life savings from the cost of long term care. For more information, call us toll free at 1-800-401-4552 or visit us on the internet at www.paelderlaw.com.

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