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Matthew Gardner

Matthew Gardner

Life and Death Attorney - We plan during life and handle matters after death.
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Business Law
  • Iowa
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Born and raised in southern Iowa (don't hold that against me) on a farm just outside of Centerville. (Big Reds and Pancake Day). Undergraduate degree from THE Iowa State University. I still bleed cardinal and gold, but I can find a place to help even Hawkeye fans. Drake University to get the degree that allows me have the law license. I spent my initial 16 years at a local medium-sized law firm honing my skills before jumping out of the nest and starting my own firm in 2013.

I said this when my girls were younger and still remains true today now that they have both graduated from high school: my most important job is that of a father. Other than that, which covers a lot of different responsibilities, my job focuses primarily on the trust and estate (T&E) world. That focused path and experience has permitted me to be the chairman for the Iowa State Bar Association's Probate and Estate Planning Section (the largest section of the ISBA); become a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; and become a member/director/officer of the Iowa Counsel of Trust and Estate Counsel.

I don't like to wear ties and I have a sense of humor (others may disagree that it is humor). I am informal but I do take my work seriously, as this is serious work. Discussing death and disability can be considered bleak, but we all need to plan. Ignoring isn't planning.

Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Formation, Mergers & Acquisitions
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of Iowa
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Drake University
J.D. (1997) | Law
Honors: Graduated with Honors
Activities: Drake Law Review
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Iowa State University
B.A. (1992) | Political Science
Honors: Graduated with Honors
Activities: Mock Trial Club
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Websites & Blogs
Gardner Law Firm, PC
Iowa Estate Plan
Iowa Probate
Contact & Map
Gardner Law Firm, PC
2900 100th St. Ste. 207
Urbandale, IA 50322
Telephone: (515) 421-4411
Fax: (800) 941-4150
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed