My goal as an Estate and Trust litigator is to help my clients navigate, what often proves to be, a confusing and frustrating legal process following the passing of a loved one. I strive to ensure that my clients are able to focus on what matters – their family and mourning their loss. As a former prosecutor, I saw too often that elderly individuals were being taken advantage of financially; as a result, I have dedicated myself to protecting my clients from potential financial abuse, as well as protecting the assets they have worked their entire lives to enjoy and pass on to their families.
Over my career, I have been fortunate to be able to represent a wide variety of clients in a myriad of circumstances – from beneficiaries of a trust who just want to know how their parents’ estate plan was supposed to work to personal representatives of a contested estate in which family members are disputing the validity of their parents’ estate plan. Some of my proudest moments as an attorney have come following the conclusion of contested case where my client let me know that my work finally let them have a good night’s sleep.
I work closely with my clients to understand their ultimate goal and offer them advice as to how to most efficiently and effectively achieve that goal in the most timely and cost-effective manner. I have represented my clients from an initial investigation into a potential estate contest all the way to arguing before the South Dakota Supreme Court. Throughout this process, I am in regular communication with my clients to make sure they are informed and understand how each step we take effects the future of their case. My desire is to make sure that any client with whom I interact feels supported and understood throughout the entirety of what can be a long, emotional, and turbulent legal journey.
Matthew Abel is licensed to practice in South Dakota and Minnesota.