Jack E. Stephens


Location: San Diego, California
Phone: 858-792-0909
Fax: 858-792-0806
Email: Email Me

Bar Admissions
  • California, 1990

Jack E. Stephens

Principal Owner

Jack E. Stephens J.D., LL.M. has been practicing law in San Diego since 1990, helping thousands of taxpayers reduce taxes and homeowners protect their property with Trust strategies. Born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, Jack Stephens went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/History from Louisiana State University and his Juris Doctorate from Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas. Jack E. Stephens has become an integral part of the Northern San Diego community by serving as an active church and community member with the Navigators Christian Ministry and by acting as an instructor to the Marine recruits at Camp Pendleton. He is also an avid football fan.

Jack Stephens has been designated as Top Lawyer by San Diego Magazine, Best of the Bar, and Avvo on a consistent basis. He has received annual awards including the distinguished AV Preeminent Attorney Rating by Martindell-Hubbell, representing the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. As an active contributor to continuing education in Estate Planning, Jack Stephens has authored and edited quarterly newsletters, pamphlets, and contributed articles to the Continuing Education of the Bar of California. Additionally, he has gained endorsement by Kiplinger’s Retirement Report for his book, Avoiding Tax Traps in Your IRA. Jack Stephens has been an active member of the San Diego Estate Planning Council and also a symposium speaker for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, demonstrating his comprehensive understanding of how Estate Planning and Elder Law are inextricably related. He has also been selected as a local and national speaker to educate other attorneys on his expertise and dedicates time to educating individuals through seminars and e-newsletter called Establishing Trust Together on the changing laws and important issues that could affect all Trustees of Trusts.

  • Education

    University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    LL.M. Masters Degree in Law

    Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    J.D. Juris Doctorate
    Law Review: Law Review Baylor School of Law

    Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    B.A. Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Political Science/History
    Fraternity: Sigma Alpha Epsilon

  • Published Works

    Living Trust Administration on the Death of a Trustor Part 1-6
    Avoiding Tax Traps In Your IRA, Legalaction Publications
    Tricks and Traps of By-Pass Trusts, Quoted in Kiplinger’s Retirement Reports
    How to Draft Wills and Trusts in California (Contributing Writer), National Business Institute
    California Elder Law (Contributing Writer), Continuing Education of the Bar, California
    Estate Planning for the Terminally Ill (Contributing Writer), Continuing Education of the Bar, California
    Ticking Time Bombs in IRA Planning for Professionals, Aspen Publishers, Inc.
    Estate Planning with IRAs for California Professionals, National Business Institute
    A Family’s Guide for Urgent Estate Planning, Self-Published
    A Checklist for the Trust/Estate Administration, Self-Published

  • Classes/Seminars

    Instructor: Estate Planning, UCSD Extension
    Instructor: Business Law, Mira Costa College

    Elder Law Practice: Addressing Needs of Client, Continuing Education of the California Bar
    Elder Law Basics, Continuing Education of the California Bar
    Elder Law Practice: Addressing Needs of the Older Client, Continuing Education of the California Bar
    Elder Law: Beyond the Basics, Continuing Education of the California Bar
    Estate Planning for the Terminally Ill, Continuing Education of the California Bar
    Trust Administration from Beginning to End

  • Honors and Awards

    San Diego Magazine: Named 2016 Top Lawyer
    AV Preeminent Attorney Rating by Martindell-Hubbell- The Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
    Symposium Speaker for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    San Diego Magazine: Select Wealth Manager Award
    Published book endorsed by Kiplinger’s Retirement Reports

  • Associations

    Estate Planning Section of the California Bar Association
    National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    Trusts and Estates Section of the San Diego County Bar Association
    Estate Planning Council of San Diego, Emeritus
    Trust and Estates Executive Committee of Rady Children’s Hospital
    National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
    Southern Caregivers Resource Center Supporter and Referring Attorney
    Navigators Christian Ministry
    Honorary Deputy Sheriff Association of San Diego County


  • We were impressed with the ease and effectiveness of creating a Trust that protected our assets and provided equity for our loved ones. The process was comfortable because we were treated with respect and consideration and our wishes were important and the center of attention. We really appreciate having this necessary life goal achieved. It is a pleasure to work with Jack E. Stephens.

    Mr. and Mrs. James E. Carroll – February 27, 2020
  • I had used Jack Stephens previously for other matters and I have always been very satisfied with the outcome. I appreciate the immediate response I have received and also the thoroughness of all the materials that have been presented to me.

    Mr. Donald A. Dewey – January 6, 2020
  • I had a very positive and relaxed session with Mr. Jack E. Stephens. He was very patient and pleasant with excellent expertise in his legal field.

    Mr. Kelvin Tanaka – December 17, 2019
  • I was very impressed by his dedication in helping my family and I to write the proper Trust that would best suit our needs. He is also a very patient man.

    Mrs. Nanette Breault -December 10, 2019
  • Excellent service, highly organized, with reasonable fees.

    Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Smith – October 29, 2019


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30 Years+

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