Deborah L. Jacobs is an experienced writer specializing in legal and financial subjects, including all aspects of wealth management and preservation. A lawyer by training, she has spent most of her career as a writer, “translating” complex subjects into plain English. Her new book is Estate Planning Smarts: A Practical, User-Friendly, Action-Oriented Guide.
Her corporate assignments have included: white papers, case studies, articles for custom publications (such as magazines, websites and newsletters), reports on conferences for financial advisers and high net-worth clients, education pieces for staff, clients and advisers, and PowerPoint presentations.
For six years, from the magazine’s inception until its sale in 2005, Jacobs was a frequent contributor to Bloomberg Wealth Manager. Her articles, about cutting-edge estate planning and charitable giving techniques, and the dynamics of wealthy families, were a centerpiece of the magazine and won a number of awards.
Many of these articles were geared to financial advisers, but Jacobs is equally comfortable addressing consumers. She is the author of Small Business Legal Smarts (Bloomberg Press), a guide for entrepreneurs, as well as hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on a broad range of topics. Jacobs has been a syndicated newspaper columnist, a newsletter editor, and an independent journalist. She has written for many national publications, including The New York Times, Inc. and BusinessWeek.
Jacobs received her J.D. degree from Columbia Law School and M.S. from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of Barnard College.
Deborah Jacobs is based in New York City and can be reached at