Reed K. Scott

Estate Attorney
Of Counsel at CunninghamLegal

Reed K. Scott has spent a career using big-picture thinking to help his clients grow in ways they didn’t know were possible.

He has always felt that planning your estate isn’t just about mapping out what to do with what you have once you’re gone, it’s about building what you want while you’re here. As a highly accomplished Estate Planning, Business, Asset Protection, Tax, Elder Law, and Medi-Cal Attorney, Reed always focuses on long-term planning so his clients are able to really make their estates work for them.

With an ability to see the broad view of Estate Planning, Reed works diligently to build his clients’ wealth and then manage it to their lifelong advantage. In short, his goal is never just to have his clients break even, but to have them come out way ahead of the game, with a plan that will help them accumulate—and protect—hard-earned assets.

“People can lose a lifetime of hard work in one lawsuit in California’s highly litigious pro-creditor environment. It’s my job to proactively help them take advantage of all the available forms of tax minimization and legal protection strategies.”

“People can lose a lifetime of hard work in one lawsuit in California’s highly litigious pro-creditor environment. It’s my job to proactively help them take advantage of all the available forms of tax minimization and legal protection strategies.”

Graduating with Honors in the top 10% of his class from Golden Gate University School of Law, Reed also completed the school’s LLM Program in Taxation. Before that, he graduated with Honors from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business and Economics. In between, he obtained his Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Western Michigan University where he was honored for academic excellence by induction into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Fraternity. Even with all that education behind him, today he continues to study and teach in advanced areas of tax and asset protection.

Joining Up Practices

Reed K. Scott merged his distinguished firm Youngman Ericsson Scott, LLP with CunninghamLegal in July of 2021.

“Jim Cunningham has been a longtime personal friend, and I’m thrilled to be merging the practice with CunninghamLegal,” said Reed of the move. “For the clients I think it’s very exciting. Through Covid, we realized that a firm must have a lot of resources to ensure it’s always there when needed. Estate Planning is an area where you want a long-term connection; it’s not a one-off transaction. CunninghamLegal brings my clients those resources and that continuity. We also share the same philosophy in estate planning—looking forward to all the possible issues that might come up for a family, far in the future.”

Broad Experience

Throughout his long career, Reed has had deep experience not just in Estate Planning and litigation, but business formation and business planning.

In addition to being a highly successful estate planning attorney and entrepreneur, Reed is also a published author, having written two books on Estate Planning. “Estate Planning is Dead! Asset Protection Planning is Alive and Well (A Consumer’s Guide to Modern Estate Planning),” has helped countless business owners and families protect a lifetime of hard work from being all but instantaneously devastated by taxes, lawsuits, divorce, remarriages, unexpected healthcare costs, or other calamities. The same is true of his second book, “California Asset Protection Guide.”

A member of the estate, trusts, probate, and tax sections of both the California State Bar and Contra Costa County Bar Association, Reed is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Tax Court. He holds memberships in the California Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Contra Costa County Bar Association.

Giving Back

A highly accomplished speaker and lecturer, Reed now gives back by providing free, ongoing continuing education to CPAs, Financial Planners, and other professionals in the areas of tax planning, retirement planning, asset protection, and business formation and succession planning. He has served as a Judicial Extern for the Alameda County Probate Court, as well as a volunteer for the Contra Costa Probate Court.

Reed Scott works as Of Counsel with CunninghamLegal clients, and is available for consultations on a wide variety of issues.

Contact Us Today

The lawyers and staff at CunninghamLegal help people plan for some of the most difficult times in their lives; then we guide them when those times come.

Make an appointment to meet with CunninghamLegal for California Estate Planning and Trust Administration. We have offices throughout California, and we offer in-person, phone, and Zoom appointments. Just call (866) 988-3956 or book an appointment online.

Please also consider joining one of our free online Estate Planning Webinars.

At CunninghamLegal, we guide savvy, caring families in the protection and transfer of multi-generational wealth.

Attorney Reed K. Scott