The Law Office of Kathryn M. Murphy

Experienced California Attorney Committed to Serving the Community Through Skilled, Attentive Legal Representation

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California estate planning, probate and trust administration lawyer serves clients in her Berkeley & San Francisco offices

At the law office of Kathryn M. Murphy, clients come first. When you call attorney Kathryn M. Murphy's office, we listen to you attentively and are determined to make sure you get the quality representation you deserve. We are dedicated to providing you with outstanding legal counsel, and we work our hardest to resolve your legal issues in the most effective, cost-efficient manner.

Admitted to the California State Bar in 1980, attorney Murphy has been a certified specialist in estate planning, probate and trust law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 2003.

For more than 30 years, Kathryn M. Murphy has been dedicated to providing excellent legal representation in the following legal areas:
Estate planning
Trust administration
Estate administration
Probate
Trusts and estates
Wills

Berkeley & San Francisco attorney dedicated to her law practice:
At the law firm of Kathryn M. Murphy, we take great pride and satisfaction in our work. We dedicate our time and energy and give our best to make sure our clients' legal issues are resolved favorably. We make it a priority to always give you clear advice and create a detailed plan for your legal matters. We answer your questions directly and precisely and keep you informed about the status of your case. Our goal is to bring you peace of mind through personalized attention.

Contact a reliable and knowledgeable California lawyer:
Call Kathryn M. Murphy at 510-845-8737 or contact us online to schedule your consultation at our Berkeley or San Francisco law offices. Hourly rate and fixed fee arrangements are available. Major credit cards are accepted.
Main Office

Main Office
1900 Addison Street Suite 200
Berkeley  CA  94704

Phone
  • 510-845-8737
Estate Planning
California Trusts and Estates Attorney Helping You Plan
Preserving your family's wealth for future generations:
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones and favored charities upon your death, attorney Kathryn M. Murphy can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
Estate planning
Estate tax issues
Choosing the appropriate executor or trustee
Empowering agents for your lifetime - powers of attorney and advance health care directives
Creating and funding living trusts
Wills drafting

Securing your legacy:
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting those charities you favor and protecting your loved ones.

Protecting vulnerable adults:
At any age you may need an agent to temporarily handle your personal or financial affairs due to medical or other crises. You want to set the parameters of medical intervention if you are unable to give informed consent. You want to direct your agent in the care of your financial life. An advance health care directive ("living will") and durable power of attorney can ensure that your wishes will be honored.

Draft your last will and testament:
Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than those relatives your state defines as your heirs and spouse / registered domestic partner, such as a non-registered domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed to your statutory heirs and spouse / registered domestic partner, who cares for your children, who is in charge of your estate and even what happens to your pet - making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

Create and fund your living trust:
You may find creating and funding a trust during your lifetime will better protect your interests should you need to pass control to an agent late in life, reduce the cost and time needed to transfer your estate at your death and reduce/avoid the need for court intervention. Living trusts can be tailored to support your personal planning goals for your loved ones and your favored charities.

Changing your estate plan:
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will or trust throughout your life. You will want valid codicils and trust amendments that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions. You will also want to review and update your durable power of attorney and your advance health care directive.

Appointment of guardianship:
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals.

Contact an estate planning attorney you can trust, Kathryn M. Murphy:
For estate planning services throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and San Francisco counties, in California, call Kathryn M. Murphy at 510-845-8737 or contact us online to schedule your consultation in our Berkeley or San Francisco offices.

Kathryn M. Murphy

Practice areas:
Estate planning
Trusts and estates
Trust administration
Probate
Estate administration
Wills

Admitted:
California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Education:
Lincoln University - California, LL.B.
California State University, Sacramento, M.S.W., Mental Health
Golden Gate University, M.S., Tax
University of San Francisco, B.A., summa cum laude

Associations & memberships:
State Bar of California (Member, Trusts and Estates Section)
American Bar Association (Member, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law)

Biographical details:
Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law, the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
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