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 for over 27 years, first with a large firm, and then with his own firm since 1987.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 3 (KCRA) in an investigative report on the trust mill problem in the Sacramento area and was featured on Channel 10 (KXTV) in its series on personal financial planning. Mr. Murphy and his firm have been awarded the top AV Preeminent 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 "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.Tim is one of only a select few attorneys in the Greater Sacramento area accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans before the VA.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 on estate planning, financial planning and elder law topics. Tim has trained advisors at leading financial services companies such as Fidelity Investments, Principal Financial Group, Golden 1 Credit Union and Lincoln Financial. He also is a member of the Speakers Bureau of the State Bars Estate Planning Section through which he has lectured to senior groups about the dangers of estate planning scams.Tim has served on the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, an exclusive member organization serving the needs of attorneys committed to providing their clients with the best in estate planning. Tim also is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the premier national organization of attorneys assisting clients with the myriad of issues relating to aging and long-term care.Tim has long been active in community organizations serving seniors in the Sacramento area. He served for ten years on the Governing Board of the Area 4 Agency on Aging which funds over $8 million to local senior programs. He also served for over a decade 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.Tim is married with two young adult children. We are dedicated to providing you with quality estate planning resources, so you can become familiar with all of the existing options. When you visit or call one of our offices, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family's future.If you have a well-drafted estate plan in place, you'll ensure that your estate passes to whom you want, when you want, and is carried out in the manner you've chosen. You can rest assured that your family won't have to endure the public process and costly matter of probate. The government won't be able to take what you've spent a lifetime building. But you need to be aware of the many options that exist in estate planning and you must choose your attorney wisely.That is why the attorneys of Northern California Estate Planning Counselors, LLP offer this wealth of free information and free seminars. Read our Estate Planning articles, and if you're in the area, join us at an Estate Planning seminar. We want you to feel confident about the choices you make let us be your guide on the path toward preserving your family's future.