Distinguished
Accredited Estate Planners®
Award received November 2017
JOHN J. SCROGGIN
Scroggin & Company, P.C.

John "Jeff" Scroggin is a three-time graduate (B.S.B.A., J.D., LL.M.) of the University of Florida where (since 2011) he has served as a Member of the Law Center Association Board of Trustees at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Since its creation in 2012, he has served as a Founding Board member of the Florida Tax Institute.

Jeff spent nine years at the University of Florida. After telling his father (who was preparing for his second tour in Vietnam as an Air Force Special Operations Officer) that the war was a mistake, Jeff paid the bills over the next eight years of college, working 2-3 jobs at a time to stay in school. Jeff has noted "It was not the smartest thing I ever did." After his father retired, Jeff had the challenge of getting his dad out of both Cuban and Mexican jails—his dad "did not adjust well to a civilian life." Jeff's mother was an accomplished artist and baker and was the beloved Irish matriarch of an extended family.

Since 1995 Jeff has practiced out of an 1889 house in the heart of the historic district of Roswell, Georgia—one of the few areas that General Sherman did not burn to the ground during the 1864 Battle for Atlanta. In 1996 the house was awarded the city's Historic Preservation Award. The house contains one of the largest collections of IRS and tax memorabilia in the US. The collection of over 100,000 items was featured in a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal on April 15, 2015—a suitable day for such an article!

Jeff served as a member of the NAEPC Board of Directors (2002-2010), where he was Co-Chairman of the Long-Range Planning Committee and served as Chairman of the Publications Committee. He was Founding Editor of the NAEPC Journal of Estate and Tax Planning (2006-2010) and a frequent contributor to the Journal. He was President of the Estate Planning Council of North Georgia for three consecutive years and served as Chairman of the 2004 NAEPC National Convention in Atlanta.

The central focus of most of his writings is on the practical applications, traps and planning opportunities with regard to tax and estate planning issues and/or predictions and practical implications of evolving trends within the tax, business and estate planning communities. Jeff has authored over 260 articles, columns, whitepapers and books. He was Co-Editor of CCH's Journal of Practical Estate Planning from 2004 to 2006. He has been quoted over 100 times in the national media, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New York Times International, USA Today, Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine and once in the South China Post. He was named by US News and World Report as one of the 2018 Best Lawyers in America and has been named a Georgia "Super-Lawyer" for each of the last ten years. Jeff is co-creator of the "Family Incentive Trust" and creator of the "The Family Love Letter." He is a nationally recognized speaker and has spoken to a broad swath of estate and tax planning organizations, including over 60 estate planning councils around the country. He is known for his ability in articles and speeches to convert complex, technical information into practical, useable forms.

Jeff has been deeply involved in his local community, including serving as Chairman (2007-2009) of the North Fulton Community Foundation, Founding Chairman (2008-2012) of the Friends of Barrington Hall (one of Roswell's historic antebellum homes), member of the Board of Directors (2004-present) of the Historic Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau; President's Award (2011), Founding Member of the Board of Directors, of the Roswell based Computer Museum of America, Founding Vice Chairman (1989-1992) Board of Trustees of the Center for the Visually Impaired Foundation, Inc., and a Member of the Roswell Rotary Club; Chairman's Award (2009).

On the home front, Jeff has been married to Lynn for 39 years. They have three children and four grandchildren. His oldest son is an artistic blacksmith, his daughter has worked as a charitable fundraiser for six charities (and is now a stay at home mother) and his youngest son is an Iraq war veteran.

 

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