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Jeffrey Manuel Sydney

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Jeffrey M. Sydney, Estate Planning AttorneyJeff Sydney has been an attorney in California for more than 30 years. He is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, Certified by the State Bar of California. This means Jeff has passed a rigorous written examination; satisfied requirements for extensive experience in these practice areas; fulfilled ongoing educational requirements; and received favorable reviews from other attorneys and judges familiar with his work.

Jeff’s educational background includes a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Stanford University Law School, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Columbia University. He is a member of WealthCounsel, the WealthCounsel Advisors Forum and ElderCounsel. Jeff’s decision to focus on Estate Planning and Elder Law was initially based on experiencing firsthand how Elder Law and estate issues impacted his own family. This commitment has been constantly reinforced over the years by the satisfaction of working closely with individuals and families and helping them successfully address these issues for themselves and loved ones.

Jeff takes a very personal approach to the practice of law. He devotes a significant portion of every initial consultation to asking the kinds of questions that enable him to get to know you and your family. What are your greatest concerns? Your short and long-term goals? Your hopes and dreams for the future? Your values? Only when Jeff has a thorough understanding of these and other issues that matter to you most will he work with you to design a customized plan tailored to your specific situation. Experience has taught him that this kind of approach is the only way to create truly effective plans - ones that go well beyond simply minimizing taxes and avoiding probate.

Jeff is a longtime resident of the West San Fernando Valley. Jeff is married. He has two children. Jeff’s hobbies include flying (as a licensed private pilot), studying history, model railroading, and attempting to master the impossible game of golf.



Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 60%
  2. Probate: 20%
  3. Elder Law: 20%


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Dorothy Blake Richardson

    Jeff is superb at bringing together all of the complex elements of an estate plan with the personal and family dynamics to arrive at the solution that is right for each situation. In additional to being brilliant, he genuinely cares about each of his clients and the members of his community. I enthusiastically recommend Jeff Sydney for your clients' estate plans.


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Contact info

5950 Canoga Ave Ste 240
Woodland Hills, CA, 91367


AZActive 201206/01/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist in Trust, Estate and Probate LawCalifornia Board of Legal Specialization2009
Accredited AttorneyDepartment of Veterans AffairsN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentThe Sydney Law Firm, a Professional Corporation2003 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Conjo Valley Estate Planning CouncilMember2012 - Present
ElderCounselMember2006 - Present
Advisors ForumMember2006 - Present
WealthCounselMember2006 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern CaliforniaN/AM.B.A.1988
Stanford Law SchoolN/AJ.D.N/A
Columbia UniversityN/AA.B.N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Through the Looking GlassProtecting Inherited IRA's after Clark v. Rameker2014
Southern California ForumEstate Planning for Blended Families2014
Expertise for ExpertsPlanning for Childfree Couples2014
Planning for the Generations SymposiumEstate Planning for Blended Families2013
January 2013 RoundtablePlanning under the American Taxpayer Relief Act2013
Southern California ForumEstate Planning for Blended Families2012
Los Angeles Chapter MeetingSpendthrift Trusts2012
January MeetingAdvanced Estate Planning for Retirement Assets2012
Quarterly MeetingEstate Planning for IRAs and Other Qualified Plans2011
Personal Financial Planning PracticumEstate Planning2011