Law Office of Matthew D. Scott

A small Elk Grove, Calif. law firm helping families to plan their futures.

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Firm Overview

Services we offer:

Estate planning, probate and trust administration, conservatorship, guardianship, estate litigation.

Special Needs Trusts.

Legal name changes.

Social Security Disability (SSDI) and SSI appeals.

Family matters such as pre-marital and marital property agreements, legal separation agreements, marital settlement agreements, and custody revision.
Main Office

Main Office
9245 Laguna Springs Drive
Suite 200
Elk Grove  CA  95758

Phone
  • (916) 509-7262
Fax
  • (866) 509-4706

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

30 min no-cost consult for estate planning and Social Security related matters

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Estate planning
Social Security Disability
Probate and many Trust administration matters

Hourly Rates

$250

Office Information

Office Hours

M, W, F 9-3:30, T, Th 9-5

Office Manager

Joshua Barrios

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Other Offices

  • MDSLaw Office Annex
    3017 Douglas Blvd
    Ste 300
    Roseville,  CA  95661
Estate Planning
Wills, Trusts, and incapacity planning (durable powers of attorney, health care directives), as well as special needs trusts.
Estate Planning

Everyone needs some form of estate planning, although the plan takes a different shape for each person. Let us help you make these important decisions in an informed and compassionate manner. If you prefer, we can meet in the comfort of your own home or office.

Why Prepare an Estate Plan?

Anybody who has dealt with the probate courts knows they never want to return there. A properly drafted estate plan can save your family thousands of dollars in attorney and court fees. It can expedite quicker distributions to your heirs, resulting in broader investment opportunities. It can also combat the strife among relatives that so many families face after a death. In addition, an appropriate estate plan can minimize the administrative burden your successors will face.

Should I Prepare My Estate Plan Now or Later?

Wills and Trusts are only the beginning of the planning process. The Law Office of Matthew D. Scott strives to add value to the experience by helping you determine which tools are appropriate for you, and by harmonizing the various components of your full estate plan to accomplish your goals. We can also explain the value of acting now versus later.

Unfortunately, many people have false beliefs about estate planning that prevent them from taking action. For example, people assume that if their house is "underwater" meaning they owe more than their home is worth then they don't need to put that home in trust. To avoid future expense and inconvenience to you and your heirs, please speak with an experienced attorney for correct advice.

We take the pain out of the plan

Many people think the estate planning process is too expensive, too time-consuming, and too complicated. It doesn't have to be. Let us help you take the pain out of the plan. At the Law Office of Matthew D. Scott, we have designed a simple three-step process that utilizes modern technology to make your planning experience as painless as possible.
Probate
Estate administration through probate, trust administration, and other means of distributing assets to next-of-kin and other beneficiaries
Whether your loved one left an estate plan or not, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced, licensed estate attorney about how to proceed. You can save a lot of time and frustration by getting accurate guidance now, not to mention you may avoid a costly dispute with other family members.
Social Security Disability
Appeals of unfavorable SSA decisions
If you have received a denial letter from Social Security, you may be asking some of the following questions:

Why did they deny my application?

We understand how frustrating it is to be told by Social Security that you are not "disabled enough." The Social Security Administration has very specific guidelines that a person must meet in order to qualify for benefits.

How do they determine my disability?

Qualifying under these guidelines is referred to as meeting a listing. It is very possible that your medical and psychological conditions qualify for benefits, but you were denied anyway. Don't lose hope; you can appeal this decision.

How much can I expect to receive if approved?

Once you prove that your conditions meet or equal a listing, benefits are paid retroactively to the date of onset and ongoing, provided that you continue to be disabled. Your benefit is calculated as a percentage of your employment earnings to a maximum cap. You may also qualify for Medicare benefits.

How can an attorney help?

At Law Office of Matthew D. Scott, we advocate for past, present, and future benefits under Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) coverage, on behalf of disabled persons and their families. We know how to show SSA that your unique conditions prevent you from engaging in substantial gainful activity.

We understand that you are worried about your present and future financial situation. We take your emotional turmoil very seriously, recognizing your peace of mind is critical. If we take your case, you hand over to us the issues that have been causing you headache and heartache, giving you the chance to focus on your well-being.

What other assistance is available to me?

We know that your financial situation could be in serious trouble. Receiving a favorable benefits decision from Social Security takes time, but we can help you navigate through the tangled web of available financial and health care benefits. Employment Development Department (EDD), Workers' Compensation, and County health departments provide various forms of help, and you may qualify for them.

How much does an attorney cost?

As for attorney's fees, you don't pay a penny out of pocket, whether we win or lose. We are paid only if you win, and our fee is calculated as a percentage of your back-due benefits. You may be responsible for costs such as photocopying, medical records, or significant travel.

What should I do now?

If you cannot work and have not yet applied for SSDI or SSI, you may apply now by clicking on ssa.gov and completing an application online.

If you have received a letter denying your SSDI or SSI benefits, please contact our office for a complimentary in-person consultation. We will discuss the conditions keeping you from working and decide whether we can help you win benefits.

If you already attended a hearing and were encouraged by the administrative law judge to seek an attorney, please contact our office. We will meet immediately to discuss how we might assist you.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

We take the pain out of the plan.

At the Law Office of Matthew D. Scott, we understand that the legal process can be confusing and intimidating. That is why we are committed to helping you understand your options and make the best possible decisions for your family.

Planning your future does not have to be overly expensive, time-consuming, or complicated there is a better way!

We have assisted hundreds of families from Elk Grove to Sacramento, Stockton, Roseville, Bay Area and Los Angeles. We can help you to gain the peace of mind that comes with having a plan that is tailored to your needs and budget.

Call now for a FREE 30-minute consultation: 916.509.7262

What We Do

Located in Elk Grove, California, our practice is all about planning. Whether you have questions about how to pass on your wealth, how to provide for your family while disabled, or how to plan a successful and happy family life, our expertise can benefit you.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Matthew D. Scott received a Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.

He worked as a California State Bar-certified law student advocate and later as a team leader at the pro-bono Elder Law Clinic at McGeorge, assisting elderly clients with estate planning, Medicare/Medi-Cal issues, landlord/tenant disputes, and trust litigation.

Mr. Scott has worked for various law firms in the Sacramento region, focusing on estate planning, probate and trust litigation, estate administration, Social Security Disability, family law, and workers' compensation. He opened his own practice in 2011.

A vigorous advocate of alternative dispute resolution, Mr. Scott has training in negotiations and settlement and completed over 40 hours of formal mediation training. He has assisted opposing parties to resolve their disputes without the need for court trials.

Prior to law school, Mr. Scott received a Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University, where he studied vocal performance and Spanish. He has performed in several countries and sung in nearly a dozen languages in solo and ensemble appearances, including a performance in Carnegie Hall. In the fall of 2011, he released a debut solo album under his own label (MDSMusic), which can be heard at www.matthewdscott.com.

Mr. Scott is fluent in Spanish, having studied the language for over 10 years. He lived in Mexico for two years and worked as a Spanish teacher at the university level for over four years. He remains active in the Hispanic community and travels to Mexico as occasion permits.

Mr. Scott lives in Elk Grove with his wife and two children.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We promote results, not fees. We seek the better outcome for our clients, which very well may coincide with the better outcome for other parties as well. Sometimes it is best to put our petty differences aside, mend fences, and find ways to co-exist rather than tear each other down. We seek ways to compromise, always according to what is truly in our clients' best interests.

Matthew D. Scott

Mr. Scott received a Juris Doctorate degree from Pacific-McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. He worked as a California State Bar-certified law student advocate and later as a team leader at the pro-bono Elder Law Clinic at McGeorge, assisting elderly clients with estate planning, Medicare/Medi-Cal issues, landlord/tenant disputes, and trust litigation.
Mr. Scott has worked for various law firms in the Sacramento region, focusing on estate planning, probate and trust litigation, estate administration, Social Security Disability, family law, and workers' compensation. He opened his own practice in 2011. A staunch advocate of alternative dispute resolution, Mr. Scott has taken courses in negotiations and settlement and has completed over 40 hours of mediation training. He has assisted opposing parties to resolve their disputes without the need for court trials.
Prior to law school, Mr. Scott received a Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University, where he studied vocal performance and Spanish. He has performed in several countries and sung in nearly a dozen languages in solo and ensemble appearances, including a performance in Carnegie Hall. In the fall of 2011, he released a debut solo album under his own label (MDSMusic), which can be heard at www.matthewdscott.com.
Mr. Scott is fluent in Spanish, having studied the language for over 10 years. He lived in Mexico for two years and worked as a Spanish teacher at the university level for over four years. He remains active in the Hispanic community and travels to Mexico as occasion permits.
Mr. Scott lives in Elk Grove, California, with his wife and three children.
License
  • Bar Number: 278260
    California , 2011
Education
  • Pacific-McGeorge School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2010

License
  • Bar Number: 278260
    California , 2011

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