Matt Shea works with families, executives, business owners, and professionals on estate planning, business and farm succession planning, estate and trust administration, fiduciary litigation, and international estate and tax planning. He helps clients achieve their estate planning goals and guides families through the estate settlement and administration process after they have lost a loved one. Matt is often brought into contested estates, trusts, guardianships and conservator proceedings to help resolve difficult and sensitive issues. He also helps families establish a legacy in the community through charitable planning and giving.
Matt was elected as an ACTEC Fellow in 2011. ACTEC is a nation-wide organization of distinguished trusts and estates practitioners who elect Fellows based on peer nomination and the lawyer demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence, and at least ten years of experience practicing exclusively as trusts and estates counselors. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law where he teaches the courses: “Wills, Trusts, & Estates,” “Estate Taxation & Estate Planning,” and “Estate Planning and Estate Administration.” In April 2013, he won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. In 2014, he also received the firm-wide Mooty Award in honor of excellent client service and business development.
With a mind for law and a passion for helping people, Matt knows the importance of developing cohesive client relationships and that trust isn’t built overnight. He takes time getting to know his clients and listening to their needs. Clients say they appreciate Matt’s genuine personality and approachability and they benefit from his extensive experience, engaging nature, and tenacity to get the job done. When he’s not working or at home playing with his kids, Matt plays for the Knights in the AHA and lends his legal expertise or a helping hand to those in need. He currently volunteers with the United Way, AIDS Project Estate Planning Clinic, Legal Access Point Clinic, and the Legal Aid Campaign. He’s a past member of Minneapolis Rotary Club No. 9, board member of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, volunteer attorney with Wills for Heroes Minnesota, and current member of Catholic Charities’ planned giving committee.