Jeffrey Gaffney

Jeffrey Gaffney

My law practice helps people protect their assets and prepare their estate for their heirs.

Firm Overview

I opened my law practice in 1993 with my first securities case. The next year the business expanded to two offices to handle the work generated in Washington, DC as well as San Diego. Since then I have worked protecting the elderly from financial abuse. I spent most of 2010 to 2014 back on active duty with the Navy before retiring in March 2015. I then re-opened the practice to help people with all aspects of being middle aged or elderly: medicaid and medical planning, veteran's benefits, trusts, wills, estate planning and securities fraud.

Main Office

Main Office
1902 Wright Place
Suite 200
Carlsbad CA 92009

Phone

(760) 809-9401

Websites

Attorney Gaffney

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Simple Estate Planning package (Trust, Wills, Powers of Attorney, deeds, Advance Health Care Directives): $1,500

Hourly Rates

$250

Office Information

Office Hours

M-F 9-5

Office Manager

Jeffrey Gaffney

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English

Other Offices

San Diego (downtown)
402 West Broadway, Suite 400
San Diego

Estate Planning

My law practice helps people protect their assets from the high cost of long term care in a nursing home, probate and estate taxes.

My law practice helps people protect their assets. Most people are trying to protect themselves from the high cost of long term care in a nursing home, but a proper estate plan (wills, trusts, powers of attorney) can also ensure that you maximize your tax savings and avoid probate. Trusts and planning also are essential if you have a special needs child to care for. Additionally, I have extensive experience in securities law and have been "suing stockbrokers" for twenty years. Attorneys do not use the word "specialize" except in very specific instances, so please do not interpret this to mean that I claim to specialize in any area of the law.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I will review client documents, but the difficulty is trying to find what is missing. I would usually prefer to start from scratch when I can, rather than fix a document that I am not familiar with. It is simply more efficient, and therefor less costly.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

I have taken many, many cases through arbitration and mediation. I am in fact an arbitrator myself for various agencies. I find it to be a cost effective and fair procedure, generally. There are always horror stories in any process and I have been through one myself, but overall arbitration is no less arbitrary than the courthouse.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

I have taken many, many cases through arbitration and mediation. I am in fact an arbitrator myself for various agencies. I find it to be a cost effective and fair procedure, generally. There are always horror stories in any process and I have been through one myself, but overall arbitration is no less arbitrary than the courthouse.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

I have taken many, many cases through arbitration and mediation. I am in fact an arbitrator myself for various agencies. I find it to be a cost effective and fair procedure, generally. There are always horror stories in any process and I have been through one myself, but overall arbitration is no less arbitrary than the courthouse.

I particularly like mediation. I once had a client marry the mediator the next month!

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

I have taken many, many cases through arbitration and mediation. I am in fact an arbitrator myself for various agencies. I find it to be a cost effective and fair procedure, generally. There are always horror stories in any process and I have been through one myself, but overall arbitration is no less arbitrary than the courthouse.

I particularly like mediation. I once had a client marry the mediator the next month!

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

I have taken many, many cases through arbitration and mediation. I am in fact an arbitrator myself for various agencies. I find it to be a cost effective and fair procedure, generally. There are always horror stories in any process and I have been through one myself, but overall arbitration is no less arbitrary than the courthouse.

I particularly like mediation. I once had a client marry the mediator the next month!

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

I have taken many, many cases through arbitration and mediation. I am in fact an arbitrator myself for various agencies. I find it to be a cost effective and fair procedure, generally. There are always horror stories in any process and I have been through one myself, but overall arbitration is no less arbitrary than the courthouse.

I particularly like mediation. I once had a client marry the mediator the next month!

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

I volunteer every week at the Restraining Order clinic near my office. The clinic helps abused elders and victims of domestic violence to obtain restraining orders to protect themselves form predators. I also take pro bono cases from the Legal Aid Society and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

I volunteer every week at the Restraining Order clinic near my office. The clinic helps abused elders and victims of domestic violence to obtain restraining orders to protect themselves form predators. I also take pro bono cases from the Legal Aid Society and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program.

Jeffrey Gaffney

Jeffrey Gaffney

Jeffrey Gaffney is a 25 year attorney and retired Navy Captain. Originally from New York, he moved to San Diego in 1985 and has remained here since, military duties permitting.

An attorney since 1993, Jeff is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. He began as a law clerk in 1991, helping aggrieved investors recover from unscrupulous stockbrokers. A former registered representative ("used stock salesman") and principal (licensed manager of registered representatives), he began his own law firm in the midst of a scandal involving Prudential Securities' sales of limited partnerships. Since then, he has handled over 300 cases against brokerage houses.

In 2014, after completing a return to Active Duty with the Navy, he trained for and expanded his practice to include estate planning and trust law.

He is an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange, the Pacific Stock Exchange and FINRA. He is well educated in all aspects of elder law, personal finance, wills, trusts, estates and planning.

In the picture, Jeff is the one on the left.

License

Bar Number: 164318
California, 1994

Education

University of San Diego School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1992

US Army War College
Masters of Security Studies, 2004

State University of New York
BA, 1983

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