C. Murray Saylor, Jr.

C. Murray Saylor, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Saylor Law Firm LLP
 | 100 Colony Square, Suite 1450, 1175 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30361
Phone: 404-892-4007
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2010
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (40%),
  • Tax: Consumer (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
Attorney Profile

Murray is a Past Chair and current Member-at-Large of the Atlanta Bar Association Tax Law Section, Past President and current Member of the Atlanta Tax Forum, a member of the Atlanta Bar Estate Planning & Probate Section and a member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council. He is Past President and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs. Murray is an Accredited Estate Planner and a Personal Financial Specialist. Along with his wife and partner, Jackie Saylor, Murray is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Previously, Murray was Partner-in-Charge of the Atlanta Tax Department of Touche Ross and a founding partner of Deloitte & Touche. Murray received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and a J.D. from Temple University.

About Murray Saylor, Jr.

Admitted: 1982, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.saylorlaw.com/AttorneyProfiles_CMurraySaylor.html

Honors and Awards:

  • The Saylor Law Firm LLP is AV rated by Martindale-Hubble and has been listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in Tax Law and Trusts and Estates, Wills and Probate and Business Law. Murray has been listed as one of Martindale-Hubble's Georgia Legal Leaders in Tax Law, Trusts and Estates for five years, as well as selected as a Super Lawyer for six years in Estate Planning and Probate. He has also been selected as a Georgia Trend Legal Elite in Taxes, Estates and Trusts for seven years.  Murray has been chosen as one of Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014 and 2013 in Tax, Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates and Probate Law. Additionally, Murray was named twice as a Five Star Wealth Manager, Best in Client Satisfaction in Estate Planning, Financial Planning & Taxes as seen in Atlanta Magazine.   

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist, board certification of CPAs who are financial planners Accredited Estate Planner, board certification of the National Association of Estate Planning Councils

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Past Chair and current Member-at-Large of the Atlanta Bar Tax Section; Past President and current member of the Atlanta Tax Forum; Past President and Board Member of the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs; member of the Atlanta Bar Estate Planning & Probate Section; member of the National and Atlanta Estate Planning Councils, State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association, and Lawyers Club of Atlanta; Atlanta Bar Foundation Fellow.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Murray has served on The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board and The Leadership Atlanta Program Executive Committee, as Treasurer of The Atlanta Junior Rowing Association and The Children’s School, and as President of Trinity School Parents Association. He is Past-President of The University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association Atlanta Chapter and is a Past Treasurer of the Georgian Chamber Players. He is a member of The Ansley Park Civic Association and The Ansley Golf Club. Jackie and Murray have been long time contributors to the “I Have a Dream” program to support students from elementary school through college as well as a sponsor of the Sawbones (doctors) vs. Jawbones (lawyers) basketball game to benefit Side by Side Brain Injury Center. They also contributed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers at Morehouse College, and this contribution is noted on the wall of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Additionally, they support the High Museum of Art as Circle/Cornerstone members and are regular sponsors of and volunteers for the Ansley Park Tour of Homes. They or The Saylor Law Firm have been sponsors of Atlanta Bar Association, Stonewall Bar Association and Trees Atlanta events. Both Jackie and Murray are Atlanta Bar Foundation Fellows which support Pro Bono Projects in the Bar and the community. Murray has volunteered for years at the Probate Information Center (PIC) of the Fulton County Probate Court.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Murray has appeared on television and spoken and published locally and nationally. He has lectured at The American Academy of Attorney-CPAs and the National Business Institute on Post-Mortem Planning, Trust Administration, Tax Hurdles and Ethics. He has been a speaker at Georgia Tech’s Tech2Nite business and estate planning course, and has been the featured speaker and a panel member at The Atlanta Bar Association section meetings on End of Year Tax Planning and State Bar of Georgia CLE courses on Trusts and Estates and Probate.   He has spoken at numerous Georgia Society of CPAs courses, and was the Georgia Society of CPA’s representative at a Managing Your Money Conference. Murray is the author of a variety of articles including “IRS Audits and Service Levels" in the May 2015 edition of  The Atlanta Lawyer and “2014 Tax Return Tips” in the January/February edition of the same magazine, as well as an article entitled "Tax Return Dates are Changing in 2016" for the January 2016 edition of The Mortmain, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Bar Estate Planning & Probate Section. He earlier wrote “Required Retirement Plan Distributions Depend on Beneficiary Designations,” in the Medical Practice Management magazine and “A Strategy for Reducing Alternative Minimum Tax Generated From Incentive Stock Options,” and “Privilege and Tax Return Preparation,” in The Attorney-CPA.  He is a Co-Author of Women and the Law: A Guide to Women’s Legal Rights in Georgia, where he co-authored chapters on wills, trusts and starting your own business. 

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Murray has been one of the authors of two Amicus Curiae Briefs submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court.  The most recent case, Maryland State Comptroller of the Treasury v. Wynne, et ux.,was submitted to the Court on September 26, 2014 and the case was argued before the Supreme Court on November 12, 2014 and decided on May 18, 2015 in favor of the position taken in the Amicus Brief supporting Wynne and requiring Maryland to allow a full credit for taxes paid by an individual to another state and also taxed in Maryland, where the individual lives.   The second Amicus Brief was in support of Richard A. Frederick in a request for Certiorari from the decision of the Seventh Circuit in USA v Frederick decided in 1999 regarding attorney client privilege in the case of documents prepared by an attorney that may have been discoverable because they were used both in filing tax returns which are not protected and in preparing for litigation which are protected.  Chief Judge Posner wrote the decision and held that such dual purpose documents are not protected by the attorney-client privilege doctrine.  The Supreme Court denied Certiorari.

Transactions:

  • Murray Saylor is a founding Partner of The Saylor Law Firm LLP in Midtown Atlanta and St. Simons Island, GA along with his wife and partner, Jackie Saylor; Murray represents successful business owners, and others who have significant wealth in tax and legal matters.  He has helped his clients deal with Tax Planning, Business Planning, Estate Planning, Financial Planning, Corporate Tax Planning, individual tax planning and the related implementation and defense of plans.  He also represents Executors and Heirs.  His representation has provided him with significant expertise and experience in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Probate, General Business, International, Federal, State and Local Taxation and Compliance, including Tax Returns and IRS Audits.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Prior to founding The Saylor Law Firm in 1996, Murray was the Partner-in-charge of the Tax Department of Touche Ross in Atlanta for most of the 1980's, a regional tax partner and a founding partner of Deloitte & Touche.  During most of the 1970's, he practiced public accounting in Philadelphia, PA as an auditor and tax advisor with Coopers and Lybrand, now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers.  He attended Temple Law School while working for Coopers and graduated in 1978.  Murray passed the Pennsylvania bar that year, already being licensed as a Pennsylvania CPA.   He earlier received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Accounting from the Wharton Graduate School. He is a former Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps.  Murray was an ROTC regular student which meant the Navy paid for his undergraduate school and he was commissioned as a regular rather than a reserve naval officer and served on active duty for four years.  The GI bill paid for his law degree along with a scholarship from his home state of Ohio.

Educational Background:

  • Temple University, Beasley School of Law - Juris Doctor  
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Graduate School of Business & Finance – Master of Science in Accounting  
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business & Finance - Bachelor of Science in Economics

Industry Groups

  • Business Estate Planning
  • Business Law
  • Business Planning
  • Buying And Selling Of Businesses
  • Corporate Law
  • Estate Tax Returns
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Fiduciary Income Tax
  • Gift Tax Returns
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Tax Audits
  • Tax Planning
  • Trusts And Estates
  • Trusts And Estates Taxation
  • Wills
  • Office Location for C. Murray Saylor, Jr.

    100 Colony Square, Suite 1450
    1175 Peachtree Street Northeast
    Atlanta, GA 30361

     

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    Last Updated: 6/30/2016

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