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Jeffrey Larkin Austin

Estate planning Attorney at Durham, NC

5.0   30 reviews
  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 10 years
    Illinois - IL 11 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

I am an attorney in Durham, North Carolina, focusing my practice on estate planning, elder law, and adult incompetency. I serve as an attorney guardian ad litem through the Durham Public Defender and appointed counsel in child enforcement proceedings. Additionally, I manage several online legal tools at the University of North Carolina's School of Government, including an index of confidentiality obligations related to social services information and a tool to assess the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction (C-CAT). I serve my community as a volunteer attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, and I manage the web site and summer internship program of the Justice and Peace Commission of Liberia.

Location

Jeffrey Larkin Austin
Po Box 15905
Durham, NC, 27704-0905

Reviews

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Posted by Gigi | April 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personable & Professional
Jeff helped us create our first POA and Will and Testament. He was immensely helpful in the process, answering our questions and providing guidance. He was prompt, professional, and personable with excellent communication skills.
Posted by Neva | February 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful and informative
Jeffrey L. Austin, Law Office of JLA, was most helpful in representing me in the matter of my late husband’s estate. He answered my questions, was accommodating in arranging meetings, and updated me on the progress of matters at the courthouse whether I had filed them or he had on my behalf. With the legal work completed, Jeff informed me that I have access to the case file at the courthouse as well as access to electronic copies of the case files through his client portal. I will continue to ask his help when needed with other matters.
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Response from Jeffrey Austin February 7, 2023
Thank you, Neva. It has been a pleasure to work with you.
Posted by Keith | August 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Truly Amazing!
Jeff accepted our business to build out our estate planning. He is relatable, professional and compassionate. He was incredibly flexible to meet our needs. He answered our questions in a timely manner and made the entire process seamless. We highly recommend Jeff!
Response from Jeffrey Austin August 25, 2022
Thanks, Keith! It was a pleasure working with you.
Posted by Kevin | June 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning Document
Handled will update & simplified certain legal matters in original will. Held several in person meetings to obtain all necessary information. Gave us the information we needed to make final decisions on certain matters. His follow up on all matters was superb.
Response from Jeffrey Austin June 20, 2022
Thank you for these kind words. It was a pleasure working with you. -Jeff
Posted by Kathleen | April 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
McNamee
We recently moved to Durham and needed to have our will and documents updated to meet NC parameters. Jeff Austin consulted with us and very clearly explained what should be changed. He answered our questions and proceeded to do the work carefully and efficiently. He was great to work with, we will use his services as needed and will definitely recommend him to others.
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Response from Jeffrey Austin April 18, 2022
Thank you, Ms. McNamee. It has been e pleasure working with you as well.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
After we moved to North Carolina, Jeff Austin helped us update our wills, trusts, POA's, Medical Directives and End of Life documents. It was a pleasure to work with him, his communication skills are excellent, and his work was done efficiently and competently. He knew what we needed, took an interest in our life and was available if we had questions. We posted an enthusiastic recommendation for Jeff on our community forum.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2021
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Thank you, Jeff!
Jeff helped us update our wills, POA's, Medical Directive and End of Life documents. It was really a pleasure to work with him and the work was done efficiently and competently. He understood immediately what we needed and wanted so everything went quite smoothly. We are grateful! Harriet and Stu
Posted by Allison | March 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning with Jeffrey Austin
Was a great experience. You want to do something this sensitive with someone who listens, understands and holds your hand through all the possibilities, probabilities, paperwork and potholes - and does it professionally and personably. Thank you, Jeff! You exceeded our expectations for this whole experience. We feel cared for. Allison &Mike
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Response from Jeffrey Austin April 1, 2021
Thanks, Allison and Mike. It was a pleasure working with you.
Posted by Cheryl | December 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Mr. Austin prepared my will and other estate forms. He was very professional at all times and reduced any stress I might have felt. He was very kind and gave me good information with which to make decisions. We encountered a few issues as to meeting for signature and his patience was very much appreciated.
Posted by Arnold | July 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good job on wills and related docs
Excellent work. I highly recommend him to others. He was thorough and considered all possibilities and ramifications. As a retired Attorney myself I consider his work top notch. Wholeheartedly recommend him to others who need a good listener and legal practitioner.
Posted by Vicky | June 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate documents
I liked working with Jeff very much. His pleasant and caring personality made me feel at ease talking about private and delicate matters. He prepared my will, financial and health directives documents. Rapport was established when he came to my home for the initial orientation and was relaxed when I put him on hold for almost a year while I solved other problems. He was always willing to explain the intricacies of estate law in North Carolina and even in other jurisdictions. We even did a Zoom session in which he clarified all my doubts with clarity and patience. We signed the documents at my home to make social distancing easier. I recommend Jeff strongly and will undoubtedly seek his services again if the need arise. Thank you Jeff!
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Posted by Cindy | March 23, 2020
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Completely satisfied
Jeff Austin prepared my documents regarding POA both financial and medical as well as a general Will for my estate. I found Jeff both friendly, accessible and responsive as well as informed, able to clarify answers to any questions or concerns from me and to do so promptly and with courtesy. I would highly recommend working with Jeff Austin as your attorney.
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Posted by Linda | January 13, 2020
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Very helpful and easy process.
We also just moved from out of state, and needed to review and create new wills and POA paperwork for NC. Jeff was recommended by several people on our neighborhood website. We really appreciated the fact that he met us initially at our home and we spoke thoroughly about our needs and how he could help us. The final meeting for signature was held at his office and conducted quickly without any issues. We would recommend Jeff to anyone with a need for his services.
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Response from Jeffrey Austin February 28, 2020
Thanks for this note, Linda. I am happy we were able to get this done to your satisfaction.
Posted by Ed | November 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Reliable and Responsive
Jeff was fully responsive to our needs- he answered our questions and addressed our concerns patiently and always got back to us quickly. The end product was wholly satisfactory.
Response from Jeffrey Austin February 28, 2020
Thanks, Ed. I'm glad you were pleased.
Posted by diana | January 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
My husband and I were long overdue to prepare updated wills, powers of attorney, etc. The ones we had were from over twenty years ago when the children were minors and we needed guardians. Jeff helped us through the process of updating everything. This was particularly important to me because when my parents died things were not in an orderly manner and it was difficult. I did not want my children to have to suffer through that. Jeff helped us through all of the aspects of the process and we are so happy to have it all completed!
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Response from Jeffrey Austin February 28, 2020
I'm glad we were able to get this done to give you some peace of mind. Best of luck to you.
Posted by Julie | January 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, timely, and a pleasure to work with
Jeff provided everything we asked for and more. He explained things in a way that was easy to understand and digest, while also having the utmost professionalism. We felt 100% confident with him handling our estate planning. His response, follow-up, and turn-around time was excellent. Would certainly use him again in a heartbeat for additional legal needs. We've recommended him to friends who had excellent service and experiences as well.
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Response from Jeffrey Austin February 28, 2020
It was a pleasure, Julie! Thanks for having confidence in me for this important work.
Posted by Drago | December 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning Professional
After telling Jeff the intention behind my will, he helped me get setup with exactly what I needed. Can't say enough about his customer service! I feel great knowing my family is taken care of.
Response from Jeffrey Austin February 28, 2020
Thanks so much, Drago. I enjoyed working with you.
Posted by Micah | October 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Kind, and Speedy Services
I would HIGHLY recommend Jeff. He helped my partner and I with our estate documents in a hurry. We signed them and were at ease when our new baby came the next day! He is extremely thorough and professional. He leaves no rock unturned and was diligent about making sure we were comfortable and understood all of our documents.
Response from Jeffrey Austin February 28, 2020
I'm glad we were able to get this done just in time! Best to you.
Posted by Marti | September 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Gratitude for guidance in settling my son's estate.
So grateful to have been connected with Jeff Austin in a complicated estate settlement. Since I was in Colorado and my son died unexpectedly in North Carolina, he was invaluable as he guided me through each step of the process with patience and compassion. He was knowledgeable, thorough and available for answering my many questions. I would definitely recommend Jeff.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Trusts, Wills, Guardianship
I met with Jeff and he helped me understand some confusing language in my parent's will, trust, and p.o.a. documents. He also provided free web resources for research into public documents and property deeds. We also spoke about adult guardianship. Jeff seemed very knowledgeable in this area of law.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Research associate
  • Univeristy of North Carolina School of Government
  • 2014 - Present

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Brown University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Associations

  • Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee
  • Appointee of the Durham County Board of Commissioners
  • 2016 - Present
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • N/A
  • 14th Judicial District Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Legal Writing
  • CALI
  • 2012

Publications

  • Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology
  • Certificates of Confidentiality: Protecting Human Subject Research Data in Law and Practice
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (11)
Endorse Jeffrey
Unknown Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Austin's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have gotten to know Mr. Austin in the legal and social community. I value his knowledge and experience in adult guardianships and elder law in general. There are many choices for you to make and he will patiently walk you through them. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the opportunity to meet with and talk to Jeff on several ocassions, and I've found him to be very knowledgeable about estate planning. More importantly, he is very down to earth and is easy to talk to. I would personally recommend him to anyone looking for an estate planning attorney."
General practice Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Attorney Jeffrey Austin to legal clients in the NC Triangle community. He is a highly capable, conscientious and intelligent professional who cares deeply about social justice, and utilizing the law toward that end for everyday folks. He embodies the best ideals of the legal profession."