Testimonials for Top Probate Attorney Matthew B. Talbot
Matthew advised me on a messy family estate matter last summer. From the first meeting, he struck me as an unusually honest, caring individual who was capable and willing to help me. Throughout our time together, I felt he was a strong advocate in my corner, keeping me informed and calm at every step. I appreciated his candor and rigorous honesty, and would recommend Matthew Talbot to anyone in my life.
Mr. Talbot has been handling our family trust for more than two years, and in all the time we've worked with him has been responsive, pro-active, attentive to needs that arise that we may not be aware of, and generally a pleasure to work with. I'd recommend him highly. He provides more than expected, digs into issues and problems in depth, and is clear and direct in his recommendations, which have been excellent for our family.
Matthew Talbot represented me in a tough probate matter. He was an excellent listener, completely knowledgeable about the case, and he was a very detailed and responsive lawyer. He always kept me informed at every stage of the matter. I am a lawyer and needed a lawyer for a trust matter because i do not work in the area of probate law. I chose Matthew Talbot because he came highly recommended by a colleague of mine. Being a lawyer, I was familiar with the courts in my area of practice and it was apparent that Matthew Talbot was extremely experienced in his area of law and with the courts. He gave me extremely good advice and was very organized in his thoughts and actions. He is very trustworthy. I would recommend Matthew as a probate attorney for any colleague, friend, or family member.
When setting up our family trust, Mr. Talbot provided thoughtful and detailed guidance on how we could meet our requirements best and retain flexibility for our family. He exceeded expectations both with his expertise in trust law and with his attentiveness to providing the best service for his clients. Mr. Talbot gave us as much information as we wanted and ensured that we understood the basis and possible outcomes of every decision that we made. I have already recommended him to several family members and friends.
I recently had the pleasure of working with Matt Talbot on a difficult family trust dispute. The client's needed a good legal advisor with litigation experience. ( I came in as agent and translator for the clients, who did not speak English.) Matt was immediately responsive, spent a long time discussing the matter in our first meeting, and then proceeded to handle it well all the way to a satisfactory settlement. He was professional, patient and flexible handling all the people (and languages) involved, communications with opposing counsel, timely filings in court, etc. Throughout the case he made himself available, responded to inquiries, explaining the process and details whenever asked. His strategies worked well and in the end the client's got the best result they could have hoped for. (There was some time pressure due to fears opposing party would flee the country. ) Matt worked fast and effectively in bringing the dispute to resolution. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a litigator a/o good counsel in his areas of expertise.
We are impressed with Matthew Talbot. He is straightforward, very knowledgeable, and a great listener. He is decisive, which helped us finish this task quickly. He has been in this business for ten years and works with all kinds of people and many different situations come up. Our documents benefit from Matt's knowledge. Also, one of the best things is Matt's sense of humor, he made us smile. I imagine Matt is powerful in court. He is smart, clear, concise, and enthusiastic.
Mr. Talbot represented me in probate court when I petitioned to become trustee for my disabled uncle's living trust following a death in the family. He was professional and patient throughout the process. I highly recommend him.
I recently retained Mr. Talbot as my attorney to help produce trust documents and a will for myself. He was patient and helpful - thoroughly explaining my options and the reasoning behind why and how certain documents are written in a certain manner. His explanations were backed with personal experience and legal reasoning and they helped me to clarify my needs and requirements.
Mr. Talbot is honest, hard working and always well prepared. He is held in high regard by Judges and other attorneys in the community. He will go the extra mile for his client. If you meet with him you will be glad you did.
-David P. , attorney
Matthew is a patient, supportive, and responsive lawyer and individual. I recommend him to anyone looking for an estate planning attorney they can trust. He has worked with my family and I to resolve all of our estate issues, and when things seemed overwhelming, he was always there to offer his support and guidance. He is a professional and kind individual, and an excellent attorney.
I couldn't endorse this lawyer more. He is very intelligent, communicative, patient and effective in legal matters. He is a great lawyer and I recommend him completely.
-Summer S., attorney
An attorney friend of mine recommended Matthew Talbot when I was looking for advice on how to - or whether I could - sell my mother's home. Ten years ago, Mama followed advice, and she put her home in a Living Trust. That means the trust owned it -- not her, not me. If Mama died, I was the successor trustee, would own the home, and could sell it. Now, Mama is very much alive, but with dementia. We had to move her to assisted living after her stroke. Her home was empty and needed to be sold. But could I sell it? How? Matthew heard my plight, asked me to send him all the documents, then had a consultation with my husband and me by phone. He answered all our questions, and put us at ease. He told us how to proceed to where we needed to be to sell it, what documents would and would not be required. It was very simple, the way he explained it. When we asked, he also recommended real estate agents familiar with this process. We are in contract now, with a sale in progress, going very smoothly! I would highly recommend Matthew Talbot. He knows his business, and is patient with questions from the uninformed. He is kind, and made sure we were comfortable and understood everything.
I have worked with Matt for some time now and he is the best estate attorney I know. He is quick minded, highly competent in all aspects of estate law and solution driven- which goes with the territory of probate law. He is extremely patient too! Another must for this area of law.
-Jeff A., realtor
Matt is a hard-working attorney with a facilitative disposition. I have worked with him and against him on cases; all have been pleasant experiences. He is well-known in Contra Costa County and has been helping clients with a variety of elder law matters including estate planning, medi-cal planning, and conservatorship matters for several years. Matt makes himself available for his clients and opposing counsel. He is willing to set aside ego to get the best result for for all involved.
-Konstantine D., attorney
I worked with Matt on a case as opposing counsel, and was impressed with his professional abilities and civility, which is something I don't usually say about other attorneys I encounter. Matt has earned my respect and trust and I regularly refer him matters that are outside of my practice areas.
-Vrej G., attorney
I recommend Matt Talbot for his expertise and compassion in this complicated and delicate area of law. Our family has had the benefit of Matt's calm and knowledgeable guidance through the process of becoming and serving as Conservators for a family member. He has guided us through the legal complexities and the personal challenges with great consideration and understanding. He's always clear and always keeping us mindful of our Conservatee's best interest.
I am a practicing attorney and whenever I have a question about Estate, Trust, or Elder Law, either for my personal information or a case I am working on, Matt is the first person I ask. He is patient, inquisitive, quick thinking, and intelligent. He is the first attorney I recommend to friends and family seeking help in these areas and is a credit to his field.
We began working with Mr. Talbot earlier this year based on a strong recommendation from a close family member. When setting up our family trust, Mr. Talbot gave us everything we needed to meet our needs and retain our flexibility for the future. He surpassed what we expected in both his knowledge of the law support through a confusing process. Mr. Talbot ensured that we understood every decision we were making and why our choices were the best for our family.
Matthew is a very knowledgeable lawyer. As an attorney myself, I can always count on Matthew to answer my questions about estate planning, probate, conservatorships and elder law. I would highly recommend Matthew to someone seeking legal advice.
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