Matthew McGonagle Recognized as Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning & Probate Law

For Immediate Release

Contact: Matthew McGonagle, Attorney At Law

Matthew S. McGonagle, a partner with Narron Wenzel, P.A., was recently recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the North Carolina State Bar.  Mr. McGonagle began his practice of law in 2006 in Florida.  In 2008, he joined with the predecessor firm to Narron Wenzel, P.A. in Smithfield.  Mr. McGonagle concentrates his legal practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, as well as other tax, corporate, and business transactions. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance, with honors. Matt attended the University Of Tulsa College of Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and after obtaining his law degree, proceeded to the University of Florida Levin College of Law, in Gainesville, Florida, receiving an LL.M. in Taxation.

Mr. McGonagle is a member of the Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section as well as the Tax Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. The North Carolina State Bar, an agency of the State of North Carolina, certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

To be certified as a board certified specialist in a practice area, a lawyer must:

  • Be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years,
  • Devote at least 25% of his or her practice to the specialty during the past five years (substantial involvement),
  • Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty,
  • Be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and
  • Pass a written examination in the specialty practice area.

Certification is granted for a period of five years. To maintain certification, a lawyer must again demonstrate that he or she is substantially involved in the practice area; attend CLE seminars in the practice area; and be favorably evaluated by peers.

For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program, and to view a list of board certified specialists by practice area, please visit the Legal Specialization website at, or call the State Bar at 919.828.4620.

Narron Wenzel, P.A. is a law firm with offices in Smithfield, Raleigh, and Benson, North Carolina, representing business and individual clients in numerous areas, including corporate and business law; civil litigation including fiduciary litigation; estates and trusts; commercial and residential real estate; labor and employment law; workers compensation; non-profit; and taxation.