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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 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. He has also achieved the highest possible rating (10.0 Superb) by the Avvo attorney rating service. Tim has also obtained the highest rating (5 out of 5) on the rating service and also has been repeatedly recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager by Five Star Professional group in the area of Estate Planning. This annual survey recognizes those professionals who rank highest in client satisfaction.

Tim also 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 has long served 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 has also lectured at continuing education programs sponsored by California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Enrolled Agents. Tim 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 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.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Elder Law: 40%
  3. Probate: 20%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Richard B Schneider

    I endorse this lawyer. I've known Tim through our affiliation with a national organization of estate planning attorneys that fosters professional excellence. Tim is a compassionate and knowledgeable estate planning attorney. He cares about his clients and makes complicated estate planning concepts easy to understand. I endorse him as an exceptional estate planning attorney.


    Richard Schneider Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lawrence Wayne Striley

    I know Tim through our mutual membership in the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. He is a great guy and an outstanding attorney. I am happy to give him my highest endorsement.


    Lawrence Striley Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

2277 Fair Oaks Boulevard.
Suite. 320
Sacramento, CA, 95825


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Five Star Wealth Manager: Estate PlanningSacramento Magazine2010
Law Review MemberUniversity of California, Hastings College of the Law1981
Magna Cum Laude with DistinctionUniversity of Colorado1979
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Colorado1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyNorthern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law2000 - Present
AttorneyMurphy & Jacobs1987 - 1999
AttorneyDiepenbrock Wulff Plant & Hannegan, LLP1982 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember2000 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
Yolo County Commission on Aging and Adult ServicesChair2007 - 2008
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysGoverning Board2006 - 2008
Area 4 Agency on AgingGoverning Board Member1999 - 2009
Yolo County Commission on Aging and Adult ServicesMember1998 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tyler v. Children's Home SocietyChallenge to validity of adoption successfully defended.
In re Paul H.Successfully challenged wrongful termination of parental rights
Lovell TrustSaved client over $30,000 in legal fees
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Publication nameTitleDate
Senior MagazineMonthly Column2001
The Docket: Sacramento County Bar Association JournalEditor1992
Hastings Constitutional Law QuarterlyManaging Editor1982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of ColoradoHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Client Education WorkshopProtecting Retirement Accounts Now and After Death2016
Client Education WorkshopChanging World of Long Term Care Planning2016
Client Education SeriesCare and Feeding of your Living Trust2016
Client Education WorkshopLong Term Care Planning Workshop2015
Client Education WorkshopIRA Trust Planning2015
Client Education WorkshopSuccessor Trustee Workshop2015
Sacramento County Public Law LibraryEstate Planning for Farmers, Ranchers and Vineyard Owners - MCLE2014
Golden 1 Credit UnionEstate Planning: Planning for the Unplanned2014
ZellerKern Private WealthPlanning for a Long Life2013
Golden 1 Credit UntionEstate Planning Basics2013
National Business InstituteAdoption Law: Start to Finish - MCLE2011
UC Davis Extension - Personal FInancial Planning Certificate ProgramEstate Planning Principles - CE2010
California Society of Certified Public AccountantsPlanning for Disability and Long Term Care - CE2010
Sacramento County Public Law LibraryEstate Planning fo IRAs - MCLE2009
UC DavisPlanning for a Long LIfe2008
Travis Air Force Base Retirement PlanningFundamentals of Estate Planning2008
Sacramento County Public Law LibraryAlzheimers Legal Survival Guide - MCLE2008
Northern TrustDisability and Long Term Care Planning2008
Sacramento County Public Law LibraryEstate Planning for Pets - MCLE2007
Sterling Education ServicesEstate Planning: Mastering the Fundamentals-MCLE2006
National Business InstitututeNuts and Bolts of Medi-Cal Planning - MCLE2006
Sacramento County Public Law LibraryAsset Protection in Estate Plannng - MCLE2004
Money Experts Radio Program (KFBK-AM 1530)Estate Planning2001