Based in Fairfax, Virginia with a second office in Orange County, California, Matsen, Miller, Cossa & Gray, PLLC concentrates on meeting the needs of individuals, businesses, and families seeking sound legal counsel in the areas of Asset Protection, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Special Needs Planning, Business Planning, and Litigation. 

Our attorneys are dedicated to supporting our clients and are sought-after legal professionals who provide counsel and training services, including accredited courses in continuing education, to their colleagues and peers.

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Asset Protection

Asset protection is just what the name suggests. It is the process of organizing your assets in a manner which safeguards them from exposure to risk. 

In a perfect world, there would be no need for asset protection. But in today’s victim-oriented society, where people seem to sue one another over just about anything, we are vulnerable every time we drive a car, hire an employee, perform a service, or even have a guest at our home or business.

Once reserved for those in certain professions which are subject to an unusually high number of lawsuits – physicians, attorneys, real estate developers, and the like – asset protection is important for us all.

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Estate Planning

Estate planning is creating a plan for managing your wealth while you are alive and distributing it after your death.

Whether you know it or not, you have an estate plan. This area of law is so important that the IRS and your state of residence have provided statutory plans to be used as a default if you do not have one of your own.  Unfortunately, the default plan is not always what you may want.    
 
By developing an estate plan of your own, you can pass on your assets in a manner of your own choosing. Equally as important, you can truly pass on your legacy to the next generation. 

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Elder Law

Elder Law is the area of the law dealing with issues surrounding aging and the elderly.
 
The number of people in the U.S. over the age of 65 is expected to rise to 20% by the year 2050. This growth in the elderly population, coupled with the high costs of health care, the uncertainties of the economy for retiring individuals, and the incidence of abuse and fraud against the elderly make Elder Law an increasingly important, yet complex area of the law.

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Special Needs Planning

If you currently provide care for a child or loved one with special needs (such as mental, emotional, or physical disabilities) special needs planning can ensure a high quality level of care when you die or are no longer able to provide the care.

A properly drafted Special Needs Trust or Supplemental Needs Trust provides funding for a variety of life-enhancing expenditures without compromising your loved one’s eligibility for certain government benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, or certain military benefits.

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Business Planning

A business owner’s most valuable asset is likely to be the business itself.   
However, business owners are often so busy managing the day-to-day operations that they fail to consider planning strategies to protect the company from creditors, prepare for the business owner(s)’ eventual exit from the company, and incorporate the business into the owner(s)’ personal estate plan.

Whether you are just starting out or you are growing your business, the necessary planning can be overwhelming. Our experienced business law attorneys use a step-by-step analysis to uncover weaknesses that may threaten the health of your business and leave your most valuable asset exposed.
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Litigation

Civil litigation is the judicial process that resolves disputes between private parties, whether they are individuals or organizations.  

Whether you are initiating a lawsuit or responding to a complaint, our attorneys will guide you through your litigation.   

Your time is invaluable so we provide an honest, understandable assessment of your case, particularly in the areas of business, contractual and commercial disputes, as well as trust and estate litigation and contested guardianships and conservatorships.

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Our attorneys have achieved the highest AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell's Lawyer Index, are members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA), and Wealth Counsel.

Firm licensed in VA, DC, MA, CA.
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