Timothy P. Murphy is an estate planning and elder law attorney whose practice emphasizes helping people to build, preserve and pass on their wealth. He works with his clients to accomplish their goals while avoiding unnecessary court proceedings and minimizing or eliminating exposure to death taxes. Tim has practiced law in the Sacramento area since 1982, first with a large firm, and then with his own firm since 1987.
Tim is one of only a handful of attorneys in the Greater Sacramento Area accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans with their benefits claims.
Tim has written a regular column on legal issues for Senior Magazine. He also was a regular featured guest on the Money Experts radio program heard locally on KFBK (AM 1530). He has been quoted in the Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Business Journal on estate planning and related topics. Tim also assisted local Channel 2 (KCRA) in an investigative report on the trust mill problem in the Sacramento and was recently featured on Channel 10 (KXTV) in its series on personal financial planning.
Mr. Murphy and his firm have been awarded the top AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the legal profession’s oldest and preeminent rating service for attorneys and law firms. The AV rating is the highest rating bestowed by Martindale-Hubbell and is earned by only a small number of law firms and attorneys considered to have “Very High to Preeminent Legal Ability” with the highest standard of ethical and professional conduct. Before assigning a rating, Martindale-Hubbell solicits the confidential, unbiased and independent opinion of local attorneys and judges. He has also achieved the highest possible rating (10.0 Superb) by the Avvo attorney rating service. Tim has been repeatedly recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager by Sacramento Magazine in the area of Estate Planning. This annual survey by the magazine recognizes those professionals who rank highest in clients satisfaction.
Tim is active in numerous professional activities. He serves as a pro tem judge and arbitrator for the local courts and is a member of the State Bar of California Estate Planning Section. He has lectured at the law schools of Stanford University and the University of San Francisco and is a regular presenter at attorney and financial advisor continuing education programs. Tim has trained advisors at leading financial services companies such as Fidelity Investments, A.G. Edwards, Principal Financial Group and Lincoln Financial. He also is a member of the Speakers Bureau of the State Bar’s Estate Planning Section through which he has lectured to senior groups about the dangers of estate planning scams.
Tim also is active in community organizations serving seniors in the Sacramento area. He has served on the Governing Board of the Area 4 Agency on Aging which funds over $8 million to local senior programs. He also has served as a Member of the Yolo County Commission on Aging and Adult Services and is the former Chair of the Yolo County Commission on Aging.
Tim graduated magna cum laude with distinction from the University of Colorado and earned his law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he served as Managing Editor on the law review. Tim also was elected into Phi Beta Kappa, the National Honor Society.