Jeffrey LaClair is a partner at Phelps LaClair and an experienced estate planning and tax attorney. Jeffrey focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, taxation, wealth preservation planning and business succession planning. Jeffrey designs customized plans using trusts and business entities to help clients preserve their assets, minimize taxes and avoid probate.
Jeffrey received his Masters of Laws degree in Taxation with a specialization in Estate Planning from New York University, the top tax program in the country. Jeffrey graduated valedictorian of his law school class and holds a law degree, summa cum laude, from St. Thomas University School of Law (Miami, Florida). Jeffrey received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University, Haworth College of Business, with a major in personal finance.
Starting off in the finance industry, Jeffrey has always enjoyed helping families plan for the future. In his early years as a lawyer, Jeffrey combined his passion of helping others with his understanding of the tax laws by focusing on tax planning and tax controversy work. Now, after having seen first-hand the financial and emotional stress that comes with family fights and IRS disputes, Jeff focuses his practice on comprehensive estate planning that integrates tax planning and business succession planning to proactively avoid family and IRS disputes from happening down the road.
Jeffrey has a particular interest in helping families with special needs children. Starting in high school, Jeffrey had the opportunity to teach students with developmental disabilities and coach Special Olympics. During his career, Jeffrey has continued to work with various organizations devoted to assisting individuals with disabilities including Sharing Down Syndrome and the Special Olympics.
Jeffrey is admitted to practice in the states of Arizona, New York and Florida. Prior to joining Phelps LaClair, Jeffrey was an attorney with Mazur Carp & Rubin (now Schiff Hardin, LLP) in Manhattan, New York and Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce, P.A., in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jeffrey is a member of Wealth Counsel.
Jeffrey resides in Chandler, Arizona and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing sports, hiking, mountain biking and exploring the Arizona outdoors.
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