Deborah L. Jacobs is a lawyer and award-winning journalist specializing in legal topics. In her book, Estate Planning Smarts, now in the fourth edition, she draws on 17 years of writing about the stressful issues that surround estate planning. Her articles for The New York Times, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, BusinessWeek and many other publications, have been widely cited and circulated by both advisers and consumers. Readers appreciate her clear, concise explanations of complex subjects and her ability to combine real-life stories with reassuring, practical advice. A former senior editor at Forbes, she is a dynamic speaker and has been interviewed as an expert by reporters from many different media outlets, including The New York Times, Bloomberg News, Reuters, U.S. News & World Report, MarketWatch and CBS TV.
To keep readers current between editions, Jacobs issues updates that can be downloaded from her book's Web site www.estateplanningsmarts.com and tweets at http://twitter.com/djworking.
Jacobs has been a syndicated newspaper columnist, newsletter editor and entrepreneur - she has had her own company, producing a variety of written products on legal and financial matters, for most of her career. She is the author of Small Business Legal Smarts (Bloomberg Press).
A native of New York and a graduate of Barnard College, Jacobs received her J.D. degree from Columbia Law School and her M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.