Matthew J. Parker, Esquire, CELA*Attorney

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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 veteran’s 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 chapters in the PBI publications, Estate Planning in Pennsylvania and Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania. He is also the editor of the 4th edition of the nationally recognized treatise, “Elder Law in Pennsylvania”.

“At this point in our lives, we will have to rely more and more on the expertise of your office. Thank the good Lord we have such good and talented advisers. The older we get, the more confused we become. We must have help in making life’s decisions. The elderly certainly DON’T know the rules and laws of estate planning. You are essential.” – Michael
*Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation under authorization of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court