Matthew W. Thompson

North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law
Ward and Smith, P.A.
910.794.4837 Fax 910.794.4877
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Matt focuses his practice on estate planning and estate and trust administration issues.  He has experience working with closely-held business owners on succession planning, tax, and other issues.  Matt also represents clients regarding long-term care planning, disability issues, and guardianship matters.  He is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law.  Matthew has prepared manuscripts for and presented at various continuing legal education programs related to estate planning, estate administration, and elder law.


  • J.D., College of William & Mary Law School, 2004
  • B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Delaware, 2000

Honors and Distinctions*

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Good Shepherd Center (board member; chairman)
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • New Hanover County Estate Planning Council (treasurer)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Elder & Special Needs Law; Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2004
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions:;; and

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