Jeffrey LaClair is an experienced estate planning and tax attorney with Phelps Law. Jeffrey focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, taxation, asset protection and business planning. Jeffrey designs customized plans using trusts, LLCs and other entities to help clients protect 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. As a student, Jeffrey had the opportunity to teach students with developmental disabilities and coach Special Olympics. During his career, Jeffrey has worked with various organizations devoted to assisting individuals with disabilities including the Arc of Arizona, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Special Olympics (Arizona).
Jeffrey is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the State of Florida. Prior to joining Phelps Law, 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 the East Valley Estate Planning Council and WealthCounsel.
Jeffrey resides in Chandler, Arizona and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing sports, hiking, mountain biking, and exploring the Arizona outdoors.