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Jeffrey Scott Hall

Estate planning Attorney at Pleasant Hill, CA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Law Firm of Jeffrey Hall


Licensed for 19 years

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  1. Estate planning
    30%

    19 years

  2. Trusts
    30%

    19 years

  3. Probate
    20%

    19 years

  4. Elder law
    10%

    11 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    10%
    Medi-Cal Planning both Crisis and Pre-Crisis planning including Medi-Cal application preparation and filing.

    19 years

Jeffrey Hall is a tax and estate planning attorney in Pleasant Hill, CA. He has offices conveniently located in Pleasant Hill.  He protects wealth through estate and charitable tax planning. Primarily, Mr. Hall’s practice specializes in estate planning for retirees and those who are preparing to retire. He prepares wills, revocable living trusts, durable powers of attorney, tax planning, trust & estate administration, probate practice, minor and adult guardianships/conservatorships, estate and trust litigation, asset protection planning, and business succession planning.  Mr. Hall’s has experience in the preparation of estate and gift tax returns, special needs trusts, qualified domestic trusts, and intentionally defective grantor trusts. Mr. Hall’s practice also includes Asset Protection involving the formation of corporate and LLC entities to protect personal wealth and limit litigation risk.

Mr. Hall received a B.S. from Saint Mary’s College of California, an M.B.A. in Accounting and Taxation from the Ageno College of Business at Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a J.D. from JFKU College of Law. In addition, he holds a California Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license with over twenty years of experience in law, tax, accounting, and consulting. He is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Trusts and Estates Section of The State Bar of California. Mr. Hall is actively engaged in providing pro bono legal services (free legal aid) to our military, elderly, and to those of low-income.

 

Prior to law school, Mr. Hall volunteered for service with the United States Air Force in 1981 and served 7 years of commissioned service and two years as an Airman E-3 at Vandenberg Air Force base in California and then Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma.  He later transferred into the USCG as a commissioned officer and served with distinction on board the High Endurance Cutter, USCGC Sherman (Alameda, CA), for three years and subsequently with the Joint Force—Naval Coastal Warfare Unit One-Eleven (Alameda, CA) with four tours to South Korea.  Thereafter, Mr. Hall was assigned to the USCG JAG unit in Alameda, CA and later in Seattle, WA where he held the Senior Reserve Officer position (aka, Reserve Commanding Officer) for all USCG JAG attorneys in the U.S. from 2011 through 2014.  Mr. Hall retired from the USCG as a Commander after serving 25 years.

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Licensed for 19 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 09/15/2022

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Law Office of Jeffrey Hall, Inc.
3478 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 1000
Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523

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Posted by Barbara | November 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable
Mr. Hall was very professional and knowledgeable regarding my parents estate planning issues. He explained very complex issues in a way that we could understand. I highly recommend him and would use him again. Barbara P.
Posted by Loubertha Thomas | November 5, 2015
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Resolution
I am pleased with the professionalism in which Jeff handled my case. My case was very challenging but he worked it out and came to a positive resolution.
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2022
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client
Jeff Hall is extremely knowledgeable and explained information in an understandable and friendly manner. He demonstrated professionalism and was prompt in his response to phone call returns. I highly recommend his services!
Posted by Michael | March 4, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Legal Advice
Jeffrey provided me with excellent legal advice regarding my questions concerning my IRA beneficiary, Living Trust and Estate tax liability. I would highly recommend Jeffrey for your Estate planning.
Posted by Sheila | December 7, 2021
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Ms
Jeffrey Hall. Was clear and to the point as he reviewed the documents I plan on using. He gave me several good ideas for editing one and confirmed for me the will I put together was fine. He also told me about a substantial tax break on the house I am selling. He knows his stuff and is clear in his advice. If I need more help I will certainly give him a call.
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Posted by Joe | August 27, 2021
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Best Estate Planning Lawyer
My wife and I recently had the pleasure of contacting Attorney Jeff Hall to do our estate planning. He was always cordial, prompt in responding to our questions, & in completing the task. He is truly a professional and a true gentleman. It is obvious he enjoys helping others.
Posted by Sal | April 8, 2021
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Knowledgeable, Professional & Personable
Mr. Hall was very professional and knowledgeable regarding my parents estate planning; from the time they created their Trust as Settlor Trustees a few years back - to helping me through the process as Successor Trustee. He explained complex legalese and made it palatable in layman terms and he was very personable and down-to-earth along the way. I recommend him and would use him again.
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Posted by Sharon | March 15, 2019
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Trust questions
Jeff was great in answering a number of questions we had regarding a trust for our mother's home. We found him to be very personable, and he gave us the information that we needed to address several issues with the trust. Thanks Jeff!
Posted by Ed & Jennifer Hendrickson | December 31, 2017
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"Perfect Solution to Years of Worry"
Mr. Hall was the right attorney for my husband and I to help us create our wills, power of attorney and advanced care directives. We felt very comfortable asking questions about the complex wording that is involved in the process and the reasons why various situations need to be addressed. This was a goal that feels so empowering to complete and we are very thankful for Mr. Hall's expertise as well as comfortable manner.
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Posted by Ned | April 3, 2017
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Great Guy
I want to strongly recommend Mr. Hall. He is fair and compassionate and gives you a feeling of confidence and assurance when discussing very personal and difficult issues. You'll be making a great decision seeking him out for his legal services.
Posted by Frank | March 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Solid experience and affordable
We were attracted to Mr. Hall's firm due to his education, experience and local connections. He handled our family trust quickly, professionally and his fee was affordable. Most of the information flow was via the computer, so it saved us much time and driving. Only one meeting was necessary and he produced the full package of documents satisfying the legal requirements we were seeking.
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Posted by Denise | July 14, 2016
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Responsibiltiies as Trustee
I was uncertain what to do with my father's house and bank accounts after his death. Although he had a Living Trust and Will, I wasn't sure how involved the courts needed to be before I distributed funds to my sister. He asked me questions and gave me best and worse case scenarios so that I could make the best legal decision for my family.
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Posted by Myriam | May 19, 2016
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Solutions at last
Mr. Hall is very knowledgeable. He was very sensitive to my somewhat unusual estate planning issues and find the best solutions. He was very accommodating and I would definitely seek his legal expertise again if the need should arise.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Jeffrey Hall, Inc.
  • 2003 - Present
  • JAG Attorney / Deputy Commander of Legal Assistance
  • The California State Guard
  • 2019 - 2019
  • JAG Attorney (reserve)
  • United States Coast Guard -- Seattle, WA
  • 2014 - 2016
  • JAG Attorney (reserve)
  • United States Coast Guard -- Alameda, CA
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Gizzi and Reep, LLP
  • 2006 - 2017
  • Forensic Investigator
  • PG&E Corporation
  • 2001 - 2003
  • CPA / Assistant Controller
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
  • 1991 - 2001
  • Senior Tax Accountant / CPA
  • Arthur Anderson & Co.
  • 1987 - 1991
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Education

  • Golden Gate University
  • CPA
  • 2001
  • John F. Kennedy University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Golden Gate University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1987
  • Saint Mary's College of California
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981
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Associations

  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Navy League of America
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Association of Military Lawyers
  • JAG Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (California chapter)
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • California Association of Nursing Home Advocates
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • California Society of CPAs
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Attorney Hero Award
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2017
  • Top 10% Estate Planning, Wills, and Trusts
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Top Attorneys of North America
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2017
  • Lead Counsel
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
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Publications

  • Traditional Estate Planning Is Finished
  • Traditional Estate Planning Is Finished
  • 2019
  • Community Focus Magazine
  • Joint Ownership or a Trust?
  • 2017
  • Community Focus Magazine
  • An Overview of the TOD Deed
  • 2017
  • Community Focus Magazine
  • Five Rights of Trust Beneficiaries
  • 2017
  • Community Focus Magazine
  • Essentials of the Power of Attorney
  • 2017
  • Benicia Herald-Times
  • The Benefits of the IRC 1031 Exchange
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Piercing the Corporate Vail
  • Corporations
  • 2014
  • Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Act
  • Military Law
  • 2013
  • Marines and Navy Afghanistan Deployment Presentation -- Navy Reserve Center Alameda, CA
  • Last Will and Testament & DPOA & AHCD
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In the world of estate planning, one size doesn't fit all. With Jeff Hall, you get an attorney that evaluates your specific situation and an estate plan tailored to your needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Jeffrey on Estate Planning cases and have high regard for his expert knowledge in the area. Jeffrey knows the ins and outs of revocable and irrevocable trusts form his many years of practice in this area."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although I have not worked directly with Jeffrey, he has an excellent reputation in the Solano County legal community for his estates and trust practice."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Jeffery Hall and I worked out of the same California Parole Advocacy Office in Dublin California for 8 years. We handled thousands of cases from interview to full hearing. We saw each other regularly and even worked with some of the same clients. Jeffery Hall was very professional. He always seemed prepared and was pleasant and personable. We had our own client's in addition to CALPAP cases. I understand Jeff was doing a lot of estate planning and probate matters."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is thorough, efficient and extremely knowledgeable in estate planning. As a CPA and attorney, Jeff has always impressed me with his ability to avoid or reduce hidden tax traps that most attorneys miss. Furthermore, he has a pleasant personality which (unfortunately) is lost on most estate planners. I endorse this lawyer."
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Pleasant Hill Estate planning Lawyer Jeffrey Scott Hall
Jeffrey Scott Hall
Estate planning Attorney
Pleasant Hill, CA
Licensed for 19 years
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