William T. Murphy, Esq., LLC

William T. Murphy, Esq., LLC

AV-Rated Providence, Rhode Island Lawyer

Firm Overview

Applying 43 years of legal experience
When you're apprehensive about facing the legal system, it's important to retain an attorney who has experience and thorough knowledge of law and procedures. My four decades' of legal experience enables me to confidently handle cases that straddle different areas of the law. I have also earned the respect of my peers. My firm is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for professionalism and ethics.

My litigation and trial practice covers a wide range of commercial, civil and criminal disputes in both federal and Rhode Island courts. My contacts in the professional community allow me to collaborate with experts during the investigation process. I thoroughly identify strengths and weaknesses in a case, develop persuasive arguments and prepare witnesses for testimony.

William T. Murphy, Esq., LLC regularly handles:
-General civil and criminal trial practice
-Personal injury
-Civil rights law
-Employment law, including employment discrimination and sexual harassment
-Estate planning
-Business law
-Wills and trusts
-Corporate compliance
-Fraud investigation
-Corporate law, both business and non-profit

Personalized legal services
Every legal issue is unique. I tailor my advice and representation to your specific needs and legal concerns. Clients have a right to know what to expect when they enter into a professional relationship with an attorney. You can expect direct, clear and honest appraisals and guidance about your case and the likely costs and outcomes.

Main Office

Main Office
1 Turks Head Place, Suite 312
Providence RI 02940



Estate Planning

Rhode Island 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 upon your death, I can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Wills drafting

Draft your living will and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored. 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 a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

I can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. I draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

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. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.

William T. Murphy

William T. Murphy, Esq., LLC

Mr. Murphy is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
-General civil and criminal trial practice
-Personal injury
-Constitutional law
-Civil rights law
-Employment law
-Sexual harassment
-Elder law
-Business law
-Estate planning
-Corporate compliance
-Corporate law

-Rhode Island, 1969
-U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1970
-District of Columbia, 1971
-Massachusetts, 1985

-Georgetown University, J.D., 1969
-Providence College, M.A., 1966
-Providence College, A.B., 1965

Associations and memberships
-Rhode Island Bar Association (Chairman, Committee on Insurance, 1981)
-American Bar Association (Member, Section of Litigation; Member, Subcommittee on Religious Organizations, Committee on Exempt Organizations, Section of Taxation, 1987)
-The District of Columbia Bar Association
-Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association

Representative cases
-U.S. vs. Valerio, 48 F.3d 58 (1st Cir. 1995)
-U.S. vs. Zuleta, 961 F.2d 15 65 (1st Cir. 1992)
-U.S. vs. Lopez, 989 F.2d 24 (1st Cir. 1993)
-Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co. vs. Kelly, 889 F.Supp. 535 (D.R.I., 1995)
-Taft vs. Pontarelli, 100 F.R.D. 19 (D.R.I. 1983)
-Rhode Island Federation of Teachers, AFL CIO vs. Norberg, 479 F.Supp. 1364 (D.R.I. 1979)
-Thomas vs. Schmidt 397 F.Supp. 203 (D.R.I. 1975)
-Thomas vs. Burke 379 F.Supp. 231 (D.R.I. 1974)
-Kelly vs. Marcantonio, 678 A.2d 873 (R.I. 1996)
-DeCiantis vs. State, 666 A.2d 410 (R.I. 1995)
-Rhode Island Student Loan Authority vs. NELS, Inc. 550 A.2d 624 (R.I. 1988)
-Smith v. O'Connell, 977 F. Supp. 226 (D.R.I., 1998)
-Heroux v. Carpenter, 1998 WL 388298 (R.I. Super. 1998)
-Kelly v. Marcantonio, 187 F.3d 192 (1st Cir. 1999)
-Conetta v. National Hair Care Centers, Inc., 236 F.3d 67 (1st. Cir. 2001)
-Biographical details
-Phi Alpha Delta. Chief, Estate and Gift Tax Section, Rhode Island Division of Taxation, 1969
-Special Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, The Brooklyn Strike Force, U.S. Department of Justice, 1970-1973
-Member, Committee on Rules of Professional Conduct, Rhode Island Supreme Court, 1985
-President, Federal Bar Association, 1995-1997


Georgetown University
Juris Doctorate, 1969