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Timothy Patrick Murphy

Estate planning Attorney at Sacramento, CA

5.0   63 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1982
    Status
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About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    40%
    Elder Law involves planning for the complex health care, long-term care, and other issues facing elderly and disabled individuals and their families. Studies show that we stand a 40 percent chance of needing long-term care at least once before we die. Therefore, everyone should take into account that at some point residency in a nursing home or an assisted living facility may be needed.

  2. Estate planning
    40%
    Estate planning is the preservation and the distribution of your assets, both during your life and upon your death. It is accomplishing your personal and family goals and easing the management of your financial and legal affairs, as well as minimizing taxes if your estate is large enough for taxes to be of concern.

  3. Probate
    20%
    If your family has experienced the loss of a family member, we can assist you with the legal process that occurs when a loved one passes away. We strongly believe that a wisely drafted, carefully executed estate plan is the critical component of a family's wealth management. Our guiding principle is to provide families with quality Trust Administration and Probate services tailored to each client's specific needs and goals.

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.

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Location

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law
2277 Fair Oaks Boulevard.
Suite 320
Sacramento, CA, 95825

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Posted by ronc5690 | February 8, 2022
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Very Recommendable
Overall experience was handled in a professional & relaxing manner. Information was conveyed in a thorough and understandable way. Process was timely. His service is very recommendable.
Posted by MattieS22 | January 27, 2022
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Professional with Exceptional Client Service
Professional with exceptional client service. Overall, a great experience with the Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law, for my trust review and revision! Timothy Murphy is very knowledgeable, informative, and provided clear and concise explanations. He and his staff are professional, efficient and organized. Exceptional client service at every level!
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Posted by kellies773 | January 25, 2022
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Highly Recommended!
I can’t thank Mr. Timothy Murphy and his office enough for a continual thorough and caring service for myself and my husband. My parents initially referred us to him, when they did their living trusts. They had nothing but exceptional comments, and I knew he was the lawyer to see when the time came for us to do our living trusts. I highly recommend him and wouldn’t trust anyone else with our affairs. Thank you so much for all you’ve done for my family!
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Posted by forrestw2380 | January 22, 2022
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Exceptional Client Service
Timothy P. Murphy and his staff went out of their way to give us a complete and comprehensive program that protects us now and our heirs in the future. They were very professional in the way they worked with us to answer questions and ensure that our needs were fully met.
Posted by Emmett C | January 20, 2022
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Highly Recommended!
Mr. Murphy was very attentive, respectful, and creative in approaching our family’s unique planning needs.
Posted by harleyc9220 | January 15, 2022
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Professional Service!
A respected professional acquaintance who specializes in the legal field kindly recommended Tim Murphy when I sought advice regarding a firm who would be best equipped to meet my needs in development of a long overdue estate plan. Tim and his team provided thoughtful, timely, respectful, expert service and delivered a plan which meets my needs today and provides comfort in knowing they’re ready to support any changes which tomorrow might bring. I am grateful for the peace-of-mind my estate planning experience has provided thanks to our team effort.
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Posted by brettc75 | December 31, 2021
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Excellent Service
We are very pleased that we had Timothy Murphy prepare our living trust. He and his staff are very professional. Thank you for the very high level of excellent customer service. We appreciate that your clients are treated well and that we feel comfortable with sharing our information.
Posted by odell.c47 | December 28, 2021
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Highly Recommended!
As senior citizens who were seeking greater security in the years ahead, we turned to Attorney Timothy Murphy at the Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law. After speaking with Mr. Murphy at a brief introductory meeting, we were impressed by his straightforward, no-nonsense approach to estate planning, where he answered our most important questions before we had even asked them. That’s why we decided to have him help us create a trust that contains both financial and medical protection for us, and we’re delighted we did! We would highly recommend Mr. Murphy’s services to other senior citizens who are looking to draw up a definitive estate plan so as to gain peace of mind about what the future holds at this important stage of life.
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Posted by coreyc994 | December 22, 2021
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Exceptional Client Service
My wife and I just finished meeting with Tim Murphy on our Estate Plan and related Trust documents. With respect to Tim Murphy, we could not be happier or more satisfied. Tim obviously has years of experience, but the best part of our relationship so far is the way Tim communicates with his clients. Almost immediately, we felt as if we had known him for a long time. He made us feel at ease and explained everything in a professional yet personal manner. Another point that impressed us was how quickly Tim responded to our emails. You would be hard pressed to find anyone to handle your estate planning better than Tim Murphy.
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Posted by davidg89601 | December 20, 2021
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5 stars!
Timothy Murphy gave us a completely organized, comprehensive trust and we are very pleased.
Posted by gailb879 | December 15, 2021
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Exceptional Client Service
Mr. Murphy is very thorough and he was able to explain every aspect of our trust until we understood it. As a practicing real estate agent, I will definitely refer Mr. Murphy to my clients who need an exceptional trust and estate attorney.
Posted by b_ray70 | December 4, 2021
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Top-Notch Attorney
Mr. Murphy is a top-notch attorney. He did an outstanding job with my elderly parents estate planning. Mr. Murphy is experienced, thorough, and accessible. He is personable and answers all questions with expertise and patience. For my peace of mind, I have entrusted Mr. Murphy’s guidance in creating my own Living Trust.
Posted by arronr2155 | November 12, 2021
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Exceptional Client Service
After our meetings we went away feeling very confident in choosing Mr. Murphy – he radiates his knowledge and willingness to help his clients no matter how long or how much time it takes.
Posted by tilliec397 | November 3, 2021
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Very Professional and Pleasant to Work With!
When meeting with Mr. Murphy we expected a lot of “legalese” but to our surprise and amazement, he spoke in normal everyday language that a layman would understand. He did not talk over our heads and was very precise and patient while explaining things to us. He ensured that all our needs were met, which was greatly appreciated. He is a very easy attorney to work with. His office staff was also very professional and pleasant to work with.
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Posted by carynd386 | October 22, 2021
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Encompassing service!
Timothy Murphy provided us with a very personal and all encompassing service.
Posted by laverneu134 | October 9, 2021
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Highly Recommended!
Efficient, knowledgeable, considerate, timely and comfortable practice. We’re recommending Mr. Murphy to family and friends.
Posted by jamest7021 | October 5, 2021
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Professional & Thorough.
Mr. Murphy was very thorough and complete, providing us with a portfolio that far exceeded our expectations.
Posted by bw.41 | October 2, 2021
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Highly Recommended!
Tim made the process easy to understand and took the time to educate us about our trust. Both Tim & his staff were wonderful to work with and we would highly recommend him.
Posted by Tyrone J. M | September 29, 2021
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Knowledgeable & Professionals!
All material and info was presented concisely; all questions answered thoroughly. We never felt rushed. Mr. Murphy’s experience and wealth of knowledge in estate planning was very reassuring!
Posted by nathanh.25 | September 24, 2021
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I would most highly recommend him!
Mr. Murphy and his team were exceptionally responsive to my need for fast turnaround, including translation of a foreign document. I would most highly recommend him!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law
  • 2000 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Murphy & Jacobs
  • 1987 - 1999
  • Attorney
  • Diepenbrock Wulff Plant & Hannegan, LLP
  • 1982 - 1987

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Colorado
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Garcia
  • Final Petition Approved
  • In re Matter of Rudie Trust
  • Petition Approved
  • Medi-Cal Application of H.S.
  • Application approved
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Associations

  • Sacramento Region Community Foundation
  • Member, Philanthropic Advisors Forum
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Yolo County Commission on Aging and Adult Services
  • Chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Governing Board
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Area 4 Agency on Aging
  • Governing Board Member
  • 1999 - 2009
  • Yolo County Commission on Aging and Adult Services
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Five Star Wealth Manager: Estate Planning
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2010
  • Law Review Member
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • 1981
  • Magna Cum Laude with Distinction
  • University of Colorado
  • 1979
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Colorado
  • 1978
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Publications

  • Senior Magazine
  • Monthly Column
  • 2001
  • The Docket: Sacramento County Bar Association Journal
  • Editor
  • 1992
  • Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
  • Managing Editor
  • 1982

Speaking Engagements

  • American Public Works Association - Sacramento Chapter
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2018
  • Take Care of Business: Planning and Resources for Older Adults
  • A Practical Guide to Estate and Elder Care Planning
  • 2017
  • Client Education Workshop
  • Estate Planning for Young Families
  • 2017
  • Client Education Workshop
  • Successor Trustee Workshop
  • 2017
  • Client Education Workshop
  • Long Term Care Planning Workshop
  • 2017
  • Client Education Workshop
  • Protecting Retirement Accounts Now and After Death
  • 2016
  • Client Education Workshop
  • Changing World of Long Term Care Planning
  • 2016
  • Client Education Series
  • Care and Feeding of your Living Trust
  • 2016
  • Client Education Workshop
  • Long Term Care Planning Workshop
  • 2015
  • Client Education Workshop
  • IRA Trust Planning
  • 2015
  • Client Education Workshop
  • Successor Trustee Workshop
  • 2015
  • Sacramento County Public Law Library
  • Estate Planning for Farmers, Ranchers and Vineyard Owners - MCLE
  • 2014
  • Golden 1 Credit Union
  • Estate Planning: Planning for the Unplanned
  • 2014
  • ZellerKern Private Wealth
  • Planning for a Long Life
  • 2013
  • Golden 1 Credit Untion
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2013
  • National Business Institute
  • Adoption Law: Start to Finish - MCLE
  • 2011
  • UC Davis Extension - Personal FInancial Planning Certificate Program
  • Estate Planning Principles - CE
  • 2010
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Planning for Disability and Long Term Care - CE
  • 2010
  • Sacramento County Public Law Library
  • Estate Planning for IRAs - MCLE
  • 2009
  • UC Davis
  • Planning for a Long LIfe
  • 2008
  • Travis Air Force Base Retirement Planning
  • Fundamentals of Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • Sacramento County Public Law Library
  • Alzheimers Legal Survival Guide - MCLE
  • 2008
  • Northern Trust
  • Disability and Long Term Care Planning
  • 2008
  • Sacramento County Public Law Library
  • Estate Planning for Pets - MCLE
  • 2007
  • Sterling Education Services
  • Estate Planning: Mastering the Fundamentals-MCLE
  • 2006
  • National Business Institutute
  • Nuts and Bolts of Medi-Cal Planning - MCLE
  • 2006
  • Sacramento County Public Law Library
  • Asset Protection in Estate Plannng - MCLE
  • 2004
  • Money Experts Radio Program (KFBK-AM 1530)
  • Estate Planning
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of knowing Tim Murphy for a number of years through our membership in the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Tim is an excellent attorney who provides exemplary estate planning, elder law and estate administration services to his clients. I have referred and will continue to refer clients to Tim and his firm."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Other
"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."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Tim since 1999. He is highly skilled in both estate planning and financial matters, consistently treats his clients with respect and courtesy, and has a great sense of humor. I have referred clients in the Sacramento area to him as recently as last week. Tim has a thorough understanding of estate planning and elder law, particularly in the area of qualifying clients in need for Medi-Cal eligibility and coverage. As an attorney with an AV Preeminent rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, Tim's legal credentials are impeccable. He also has the desire to educate the families with whom he works in a way that makes these complex areas of the law understandable in plain English which leaves his clients with the peace of mind of knowing that their families are protected when they are in the midst of challenging circumstances. I endorse Tim without reservation."
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Sacramento Estate planning Lawyer Timothy Patrick Murphy
Timothy Patrick Murphy
Estate planning Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 41 years