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Christine Matus was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey and to the U.S. District Court of New Jersey in 1995. She graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1992.
In 1995 Ms. Matus graduated from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, at Touro College with a degree of Juris Doctor. While in law school, she served as Senior Staff of the International Law Review, received the Outstanding Service Award and the highest academic award for the Civil Rights law clinic.
Christine Matus is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a Board of Trustee of the Ocean County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association where she serves on its Advisory Panel.
Ms. Matus has lectured to the public on various topics from special needs (estate) planning to real estate as well as to corporate organizations regarding non-profit rules and regulations.
She is a contributing editor to the Turning Point, a newsletter for the Filipino community in Ocean County. She has also co-authored articles on the topics of elder law Including “Nursing Home Bill of Rights” and “OBRA 1993 the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1993,” concerning long-term care for the elderly and disabled, published by the New York State Bar.
Dedicated to public service, Christine Matus is an active mediator with the Superior Court of New Jersey, Special Civil Part, a volunteer for Caregivers, Inc., a Eucharistic Minister, Board Member of the Ocean County YMCA, and a member of the Central Ocean County Rotary.
Ms. Matus has served as General Counsel to Southern Cross Management, Inc. (www.southxcapital.com) and the Attorney Ethics and Disciplinary Board, District IIIA, 2006 -2010. She also has served as a Board of Director to the American Cancer Society, Ocean County Chapter, 1998.
A strong believer in giving back to her community, Ms. Matus has been involved in several pro bono work projects. She has served as General Counsel to nonprofit organizations such as Mary’s Little Children, L.L.C. and Salatine Light Community, L.L.C.. She is also the legal advisor to the Filipino American Medical Society, Inc., the Philippine Nurses Association of Ocean County and the Filipino American Association of Ocean County, New Jersey, Inc.
Kristine Carranceja-Gurski was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey in 2007 and the Bar of the State of New York in 2008. She graduated from St. John’s University in Queens, New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics in 1996 and a minor in Philosophy.
After college, Ms. Carranceja-Gurski worked for various brokerage firms, providing her with a strong background in financial services and retirement planning. In 2004, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer and attended Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, where she graduated in 2007.
Ms. Carranceja-Gurski is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Ocean County Bar Association, and the Monmouth Bar Association. She was instrumental in the formation of the Ocean County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee and served as its first Chair.
A long-time believer in community involvement, Ms. Carranceja-Gurski has served in various leadership roles as early as her high school years and throughout college. While at law school, she was actively involved in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She also served as the Executive Director for the Filipino Children’s Fund, as the Treasurer and later Co-President of her daughter’s parent-teacher organization, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of her homeowner’s association.
Prior to joining The Matus Law Group, Ms. Carranceja-Gurski coordinated a pro bono program for lawyers for a non-profit legal organization, where she had the opportunity to lecture to the public on expungement law and to present at continuing legal education seminars regarding the value and importance of pro bono representation.
Ms. Carranceja-Gurski treasures the time she spends with her family and friends, and enjoys travel, foreign languages, and theater. She is an avid reader of inspirational books and historical fiction and on weekends can be found biking the trails of the county park, enjoying the Jersey Shore, or wandering the aisles of home decorating stores.
The legal team at The Matus Law Group is dedicated to making a difference to the families and individuals we serve in estate planning and special needs matters. With a coordinated team approach, we offer the most beneficial and efficient service possible to our clients.
We are ready and able to assist you in getting the help you need. Each member of our law firm draws on a wealth of knowledge and deep compassion to provide personalized, attentive assistance to each of our clients.
Jennifer Martinez is an integral member of the firm, serving as our real estate paralegal and office manager. Her energy and tenacity to get things done and her outstanding interpersonal skills, as well as her organizational skills, are vital to this firm.
She is an asset to the office because of her warmth and professionalism to meet the various needs of our clients. Jennifer is the paralegal in our real estate department and coordinates closings. Jennifer found that she has a skill for being able to resolve even the trickiest real estate issues.
Beyond the office, Jennifer loves spending time with her husband and kids. She and her family enjoy doing outside activities and spending time with family and friends. In the fall, Jennifer enjoys watching football with her family.
Kathleen graduated from Liberty University in July 2019 with her Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies. She previously attended Ocean County College where she earned an A.S. in Criminal Justice, followed shortly thereafter with her A.S. in Business Administration, and later an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies in 1994. Kathleen has been a paralegal for many years and has been involved in various areas of the law. She enjoys helping clients and she is very excited to share her experience with the Matus Law Group team.
Kathleen is also very active in her local church and is a member of the local District NMI council where she serves as Zone Chairman for the Central Jersey Zone. One aspect of the NMI is the providing of Crisis Care Kits through Fawn Grove Compassion Center to areas hard hit by natural disasters throughout the world. Kathleen also spends time with her parents, and also enjoys knitting and scrapbooking, gardening, as well as reading a good book and spending time playing with her cat.
Mariana has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Spaces Design, upon graduating she worked mainly in product and graphic design. In 2016 she traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam to do an internship as a graphic designer for a social enterprise focused on rescuing the art of papermaking through a Vietnamese artisanal process. Upon her return she was selected for two workshops, one on a national level by the federal government focused on the collaboration between artisans (craftsmen) and designers, which led to collaborations involving leathergoods and textiles.
In 2018 she started working in a private art gallery where she was in charge of managing the space, as well as doing the design and promotion of the art exhibits and the campaigns for the promotion and sales of art workshops. Along with this work, she has done freelance design involving museography and exhibit design for local museums and collaborations with diverse non-profits.
She enjoys doing yoga in the mornings and loves swimming. She has a cat and a dog, named Otto and Oliver respectively, that have their moments of adoring each other.
Jo-Ellen has worked as a legal assistant for the past decade, changing careers after many years in the banking industry. She is an avid reader, cook and loves to host parties. Jo-Ellen is married and the mother of a son and daughter. She is passionate about helping people in need and can be found a few weekends a month volunteering at her local food pantry with her entire family. If not volunteering, she can be found at her favorite place, the beach or hiking with her dog. Jo-Ellen is also passionate about customer service and has received many awards throughout her banking and legal career for outstanding customer service.
Mecheal graduated from College in 1992 with a Public Relations and Legal Secretarial Diploma. After college, she worked for a Surveying company for 4 years, then emigrated to the UK for 10 years, where she continued to pursue a career in secretarial services, leaving Prometric as the Executive Assistant to VP in 2010. In 2011 she joined DHL Express, Sub-Sahara Africa as Executive Assistant to CEO for a few years, and has continued her Executive Assistant career across various sectors, gaining valuable experiences in Customer Services, HR, FinOps, Logistics, Healthcare, Construction and Operations.
She is Christine Matus’ assistant now, helping manage her busy diary, collating data for reports, assisting clients where necessary and any other tasks that helps Christine manage her work/home life.
Mecheal enjoys walks and hiking with her 9 year old cocker spaniel, Dusty, as well as Nia classes and kayaking. She has an interest in art and spends many a happy hour busy with material and silk painting, acrylic pouring, leatherwork, beading and jewellery design, knitting and is learning crocheting for the winter months.
Sofie graduated from Brookdale Community College in 2016 with an Associates in Applied Sciences focusing in the Culinary Arts. She spent 8 years working in the food service industry and had her own café, which she opened with her husband Dennis. They closed the café in January 2020 and Sofie traded in her aprons for office clothes, joining the Matus Law team in January of 2021 as their Client Concierge.
Sofie is currently finishing her Associates in Business Administration at Brookdale Community College and will go on to complete her Bachelor’s degree from New Jersey City University. Outside of work and school, Sofie also plays roller derby on the Jersey Shore Roller Derby League. Due to the pandemic, she has been joining her teammates at the skate park to learn new styles of skating while being able to stay socially distant. Sofie still enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, spending time with her family and learning French while also learning to play the ukulele.