Jake Anthony Carlson


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Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: Yes  

Admitted to Practice Law: 2006

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: January 9, 2006

Other Language(s): Tagalog


Jake Carlson is an attorney, recognized business leader, inspiring presenter, and popular podcast host. He is personable and connects immediately with others. A natural storyteller, he loves listening to your story and exploring what matters most to you.

Jake earned his law degree (JD) from California Western School of Law concurrently with a business degree (MBA) from San Diego State University. He attended law school on a Creative Problem-Solving Scholarship and was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Case Award for best MBA consulting project. He is a licensed member of the State Bar of Arizona.

Jake's career began in the nonprofit sector as Associate Regional Director, and then National Major Gifts Counsel, an in-house tax counsel position, with the Boy Scouts of America National Foundation. It was in these positions he was first introduced to the idea of leaving not just your valuables but your values to the people you love most. Working with hundreds of families on tax estate strategies, he developed the Values-Based Estate Planning strategy used by LifePlan Legal today.

Later, Jake joined the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council as Director of Development and later Chief Operating Officer (COO), overseeing development efforts in the four counties of Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito and leading a team of 18 Field Directors and District Executives earning the Journey to Excellence Award in 2015.

Jake has personally presented to over 200 groups in 27 states on estate planning and protecting your legacy. He is the author of over 100 leadership articles on topics of influence, legacy, family vision, and the Values-Based Estate Planning process. He has had the privilege of interviewing hundreds of recognized executives and, since 2014, hosted the Family Before Fortune and The Modern Leadership podcasts.

Jake is a self-proclaimed "adventure junkie" and loves to try out new and exciting things. He has scaled volcanoes in the Philippines, backpacked through 11 National Parks, rock climbed on two continents and scuba dove with sharks. With his family, he spent time living in 12 countries from Bagan, Myanmar to Paris, France, overcoming robbery, redeye flights and Haggis while learning to love the rich cultures of the world.

Jake and his wife have 3 kids (two daughters and a son) and live in Gilbert, AZ. They all love travel and spending time creating family traditions.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Elder Law Elder Care
Wills, Probate, Trusts and Estates Advance Directives, Ancillary Probate, Contested Wills, Contested Trusts and Estates, Estate Planning for the Disabled, Estate Planning for the Elderly, Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples, Estate Settlements, Family Trusts, Family Wealth Transfer, Elder Guardianship, Estate Administration, Decedents Estates, Estate Planning for Parents of Handicapped Children, Estate Planning, Inheritance, Guardianship, financial Planning, Living Wills, Living Trusts, Probate Litigation, Probate Taxation, Special Needs Trusts, Retirement Planning, Powers of Attorney, Probate Administration, Pet Trusts, Personal Planning, Trust Law, Trust Planning, Trust Administration, Trust and Estate collections, Successions, Will Drafting, Wealth Planning, Wealth Preservation


  • Arizona (Active)

Law School

  • California Western

  • Last Updated: August 11, 2020
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  • Gilbert, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Free Consultations: Yes

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