GUY F. MATTHEWS

Media Wills, Trusts & Estates Lawyer Guy F. Matthews

Phone: 1-610-565-3700 x232Email: gmatthews@eckellsparks.com

Guy joined Eckell Sparks in 1989. He received his undergraduate and master’s degree in Business Administration from Widener University. He earned his law degree in 1979 from Temple University School of Law and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Villanova University. Additionally, he has received the C.L.U. and Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College.

Guy’s practice concentrates in the representation and counseling of individual and corporate clients in business, estate, and financial planning matters. He personally handles all aspects of the estate planning process from the client interview to the drafting and execution of all documents. Guy has direct involvement with numerous corporate fiduciaries and has incorporated into his documents changes suggested by the particular fiduciary.

Estate planning techniques used and documents prepared include wills, Revocable Trusts (including Marital/Bypass Trusts), Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Generation Skipping “Dynasty” Trusts, Personal Residence Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, Defective Grantor Trusts, Split Dollar Arrangements, Deferred Compensation Arrangements, Grits, Gruts, Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts and Unitrusts, and “Stretch IRA” Trusts.

Guy’s practice also involves the administration of complex estates, including post mortem planning, and estate tax audits. He is directly involved in the administration of trusts including—Charitable Remainder Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts and Marital/Bypass Trusts, assisting both corporate and individual fiduciaries.

Additionally, Guy prepares and conducts seminars for the public and professional organizations (CPA organizations, CPE approved, estate planning and bar organizations) on various estate planning topics. He has developed and presented “The Comprehensive Estate Planning Program” on a continuing basis. Other presentations include— “Estate Planning with Qualified Plan and IRA Distributions,” “The Eternal IRA,” “Minimum Distribution Planning,” “The Use of Trusts and Tax-Managed Investing,” “Planning for Long-Term Care,” “Charitable Remainder Trusts-Giving Your Cake and Eating It Too.”

Guy has been selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list each consecutive year since 2009.

  • "When I was sued for a significant amount of money and assets, I retained Eckell Sparks. They developed a comprehensive litigation strategy to give me the best chance of success. They were easy to get a hold of, fair with billing, and kept me regularly informed and up to date on how my case was proceeding. When we were unable to achieve a fair settlement, my lawyer was confident in taking the case to trial. In the courtroom, they were strong, articulate and persuasive. After two days of trial, we achieved a very favorable verdict and made out even better than our last settlement offer."

  • "I could not be happier with the experience I had with Eckell Sparks. My attorney walked me through the process of my discrimination suit step by step and held my hand the whole time. I had no prior experience with anything like this and they answered every one of my questions without all the fancy legal jargon. They were always accessible to me whenever I had concerns or thought of something that could be useful. From our first meeting to the last hearing, they were absolutely wonderful. This firm helped me through an awful experience with my previous employer and fought for me and what I deserved to the end. They talked me through every aspect in a way that was comfortable and like talking to an old friend. If I had to do the entire lawsuit over again, I would go with this firm."

  • "I would feel very confident with this firm's representation should I have any future matter, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for strong, quality representation."

Areas of Practice

Admitted to Practice

  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • Widener University, B.A. and MBA
  • Temple University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1979
  • Villanova University, Master of Laws in Taxation