Peter Matwiczyk has been practicing law in Palm Beach County for over 40 years. He has been Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estates since 1992, and has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 40 years. Mr. Matwiczyk has been a member of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel (“ACTEC”) since 1992, where he has served, continuously, as a member of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee. He also currently serves as a member of the ACTEC Professional Responsibility Committee. He has been named a Florida, Super Lawyer in Estate and Trust Litigation for 15 years, and has been listed in Best Lawyers for over 25 years.
Prior to establishing his practice in Palm Beach County, Mr. Matwiczyk was a senior trial lawyer for the Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel, in Manhattan, in the Tax Court Litigation Division, where he tried approximately twenty cases in the United States Tax Court to decision.
Mr. Matwiczyk assists clients in the estate planning process and counsels families in complex trust administrations, estate administrations, disputes involving trust and estate administrations, and trustee and fiduciary misconduct. He also represents clients in guardianship litigation as well as disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Matwiczyk routinely cooperates with lawyers from states other than Florida as co-counsel in connection with fiduciary litigation and trust and estate administration and litigation matters.
Mr. Matwiczyk has a decades-long history of service to his community, where he has served as a member of the board of Gulfstream Council Boy Scouts of America, the Palm Beach Zoo, where he served as President, and the Board of Directors of public television station WPBT, Channel 2, which serves the area from Miami through Vero Beach. He served two ten-year terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, where he sat on the Executive Committee. He also chaired the Investment Committee for the Foundation which had the responsibility for managing an endowment of approximately $200,000,000. He currently serves as a member of the Shore Protection Board for the Town of Palm Beach, where he resides.
His family includes his daughter and two grandsons. He is an avid fly fisherman. His leisure time is spent reading fiction and non-fiction and painting.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
CERTIFIED LEGAL SPECIALTIES
Wills and Estates, Florida Supreme Court
Board Certified Estate Planning and Probate, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
U.S. Tax Court
New York University School of Law, New York, New York
– LL.M. – 1976
– Major: Taxation
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
– J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1973
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
– B.A., Bachelor of Arts – 1970
HONORS AND AWARDS
Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Council
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Tax, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Member
The Florida Bar, Tax, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Member
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, Member, Fiduciary Litigation Committee
Dreher Park Zoo, Board Member and Past President
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Palm Beaches, Member, Board of Directors
Boy Scouts of America, Gulfstream Council, Member, Board of Directors
Franklin and Marshall College, Member, Alumni Board
American Bar Association, Taxation, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Member
American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, Professional Standards Committee, Member
Palm Beach Tax Institute, Founding Member and President, 1988 – Present
American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, Fellow
Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Chairman
East Coast Estate Planning Council, Board Member, 1983 – 1990
Executive Council, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, 1984 – 1990
Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Member, 1984 – 1986
Palm Beach Tax Institute, Member, Board of Directors, 1982 – 1991
East Coast Estate Planning Council, Member, Board of Directors, 1983 – 1990
PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, 1974 – 1977
Holland & Knight, Partner, 1999 – 2004