James R. Hastings obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.
J.R. is an Accredited Estate Planner with the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, and is a member of the national estate planning organizations Wealth Counsel and the Advisors Forum. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association and the Marin County Bar Association, as well as the Colorado Bar, the Nevada Bar, and the Washington, D.C., Bar.
J.R. is also a member of the California State Bar Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section, the Marin County Estate Planning Council, and the Marin County Bar Association Probate/Estate Planning Section. He has served on a committee of the California State Bar Estate Planning and Probate Law Section that examined proposed California statute changes, and as a mediator, arbitrator, and judge pro tem.
As a licensed real estate broker, J.R. manages Estates in Transition, a subsidiary of Xquisit Estates (a California corporation), and assists in the presentation and sale of properties following the passing of the owner or when the client moves to a retirement home.
J.R. is a member of the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce and the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, as well as several other national and community organizations.
He retired from the United States Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel, his last assignment being at Plans and Policies for the Western Hemisphere of the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was also a captain for United Airlines, last flying the Boeing 777.
In recent years, J.R. has been a sponsor of the Tiburon Film Festival, the Airline Pilots Association United Council 34 Retirement Dinner, the Marin Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony.
J.R. proudly presents each year the Marin Symposium for Estate Planning Advisors.