Jay A. Mullinax, Esq.

Jay A. Mullinax is the only attorney on Hilton Head Island with a Master of Laws in Estate Planning (LL.M.) whose law firm is exclusively dedicated to providing estate planning and related services.

Mr. Mullinax provides estate planning, trust and estate administration services to South Carolina.  He began his involvement in estate matters in 1989 and opened the Law Office of Jay A. Mullinax, LLC in 2004 after practicing law at a larger firm for several years. 

The South Carolina Bar Association has recently asked Mr. Mullinax to serve again as the editor of the 2018 South Carolina Handbook for Probate Practitioners, which is published to provide over 10,000 attorneys with guidance on Probate Court procedures in South Carolina's forty-six Probate Courts. Mr. Mullinax previously served as editor in 2012, the most recent year of its publication.

He serves on the South Carolina Bar Probate Code Revision Committee.  The Committee gives recommendations for revising the Probate Code, which provides the laws for estates, trusts, wills, guardians and fiduciaries in South Carolina.  The current South Carolina Probate Code cites precedent-setting case law established by a case in which Mr. Mullinax served as co-counsel.  As part of his Committee work, Mr. Mullinax assisted in drafting sweeping probate and trust legislation that passed the South Carolina Legislature (House and Senate) 138-1 and became law in 2014.

In 2011, Mr. Mullinax was elected to the South Carolina Bar Association's eleven member Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council.  The Council is actively involved in shaping and revising South Carolina's probate and trust laws, sponsoring continuing legal education for attorneys, and monitors unauthorized practice of law issues.

Mr. Mullinax is recurringly interviewed on television and appears on the local news channel, WHHI. He has published articles concerning estate planning, estate and trust administration, and federal, statewide and local tax matters. Mr. Mullinax lectures attorneys and the general public in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, taxation, and ethics. He is also a member of the South Carolina Bar Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Sections, as well as, the Tax Law section.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate Law
  • Trust Administration
  • Taxation Law
  • Business Law
  • Fiduciary Law

Community Involvement

  • South Carolina Bar Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Council
  • South Carolina Bar Probate Code Revision Committee
  • Hilton Head Island Rotary Club,  Student Recognition Program Coordinator
  • Greater Island Council of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, Board of Directors
  • The Hilton Head Area Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Board of Directors

Jay A. Mullinax, Esq.



  • Master of Laws in Estate Planning (LL.M.) 
    University of Miami
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
    Regent University
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.)
    Regent University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    Southern Wesleyan University

Bar Admission ( Present & Past )

  • South Carolina
  • New York
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

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