Mr. Scott was born in Oakland and attended public schools there. In 1958, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in criminology. He spent five years as a deputy probation officer for Alameda County, and then for the next ten years, he worked as a bank trust officer at Wells Fargo Bank and the first National Bank of San Jose (now Bank of the West). Having completed a law degree in 1972, he passed the California Bar exam that year.

Since 1973, Mr. Scott has practiced as an attorney in sole practice in Walnut Creek and central Contra Costa County, specializing in estate planning, probate, and trust law.

While practicing, he taught in adult education programs at several local schools for twelve years and also served as an adjunct professor of law at St. Mary’s College in their paralegal program for seventeen years teaching some 135 courses in estate planning, taxation, and trust law.

He is the author of three books:
California Estate Planning
Probate in California
What to Do When Someone Dies

Two of these books have been used in probate and estate planning courses in paralegal programs in various Bay Area educational institutions. All three of these books are available as Kindle books and as e-books, and What to Do When Someone Dies is available in paperback as well. To find out more about these books, please go to Père Bruin Press.

Mr. Scott has been a frequent lecturer and speaker for various groups and professional seminars.

He is a member of the California Bar Association (including the section on estate planning). He is a member and past president of the Diablo Valley Estate Planning Council. He is a former member and past president of the Walnut Creek Kiwanis Club. He was a  specialist in “Probate, Estate Planning, and Trust Law,” certified by The Board of Legal Specialization of the California State Bar Association from 1990 to 2015.

May 6, 2016.