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C. Murray Saylor, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Saylor Law Firm LLP
1201 West Peachtree Street NW, Suite 3220
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-892-4007
Fax: 404-892-2400
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2010, 2021 - 2022
Licensed in Georgia Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate (40%), Tax: Consumer (40%), Business/Corporate (20%)
Attorney Profile

A founding partner of The Saylor Law Firm LLP, C. Murray Saylor, Jr., provides a variety of services for his clients in and around Atlanta, Georgia. One of his primary practice areas is estate planning, and in that regard, he prepares and reviews different types of trust documents, including charitable trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts and living trusts. Mr. Saylor also has experience in the preparation and review of wills, health care and financial powers of attorney, and advance health care directives.

Mr. Saylor's estate administration and probate practice encompasses the representation of both heirs and fiduciaries. He handles many probate controversies through mediation or arbitration when so directed by the court. Mr. Saylor also assists with the preparation of estate and trust tax returns, and he is aided in that regard by his extensive tax experience. He also assists individuals and businesses that are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Saylor's business law work includes the choice of legal entity for a new venture, the preparation of buy-sell and corporate governance documents, and the provision of advice and counsel regarding stock options and other employee benefits, succession plans, and mergers and acquisitions.

Highly respected by his fellow attorneys, Mr. Saylor has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He possesses a Bachelor of Science in economics and a Master of Science in accounting from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, and he is a certified public accountant. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Georgia, Mr. Saylor is also admitted to practice before several federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 40%Tax: Consumer
  • 20%Business/Corporate
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Living Wills, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Tax Law, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2010, 2021 - 2022

About C. Murray Saylor, Jr.

First Admitted: 1978, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://saylorlaw.com/team/c-murray-saylor/

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Public Account

Verdicts/Settlements

  • US Supreme Court 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.
  • US Supreme Court Amicus Brief Maryland State Comptroller of the Treasury v. Wynne, et ux., 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.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Tax Section, Member-at-Large, Present
  • Atlanta Tax Forum, Board Member, Present Past President, 2019
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council, Member
  • American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, Estate Planning Committee, Chair
  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • National Estate Planning Council, Member
  • American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, Board Member
  • US Supreme Court
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Tax Section, Past Chair
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, Past President
  • Atlanta Bar, Estate Planning & Probate Section, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Author, A Strategy for Reducing Alternative Minimum Tax Generated From Incentive Stock Options, The Attorney-CPA
  • Author: “Tax Return Dates are Changing for 2016,” The Mortmain, the official newsletter of the Estate Planning and Probate Section, Atlanta Bar Association, January 2016.
  • Speaker: “Analysis of New Tax Law Involving Individuals, Estates, and Trusts,” Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section CLE, February 2018
  • Speaker: “Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017- What the Estate Planner Needs to Know,” Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, February 2018
  • Speaker: Georgia’s Solo and Small Firm Institute Conference, “How to Navigate the New Tax Law Landscape,” September 2018
  • Speaker: American Association of Attorney-CPAs Fall Meeting & Conference, “A Tax and Financial Analysis of the Trump Family Wealth Transfers and Accumulations,” November 2019
  • Co- Author: “International Estate Planning for the Domestic Estate Planner” The Mortmain, Spring 2020
  • Co-Author: “COVID-19’s Effects on Tax,” The Atlanta Lawyer, the official magazine of the Atlanta Bar Association, Feb/March 2021.
  • Author, Privilege and Tax Return Preparation, The Attorney-CPA
  • Co-Author, Women and the Law: A Guide to Women’s Legal Rights in Georgia, chapters on wills, trusts and starting your own business
  • Speaker, Georgia Society of CPAs courses
  • Representative of Georgia Society of CPAs, Managing Your Money Conference
  • Author, IRS Audits and Service Levels, The Atlanta Lawyer, May 2015 edition
  • Author, "Tax Return Tips", The Atlanta Lawyer, January/February edition, 2014
  • Lecturer, Post-Mortem Planning, Trust Administration, Tax Hurdles and Ethics, The American Academy of Attorney-CPAs
  • Lecturer, Post-Mortem Planning, Trust Administration, Tax Hurdles and Ethics, National Business Institute
  • Speaker, Georgia Tech’s Tech2Nite Business and Estate Planning Course
  • Featured Speaker, The Atlanta Bar Association section meetings on End of Year Tax Planning
  • Panel Member, The Atlanta Bar Association section meetings on End of Year Tax Planning
  • Featured Speaker, State Bar of Georgia CLE courses on Trusts and Estates and Probate
  • Author, Required Retirement Plan Distributions Depend on Beneficiary Designations, Medical Practice Management magazine

Educational Background

  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business & Finance, Bachelor of Science, Major: Economics
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Graduate School of Business & Finance, Master of Science, Major: Accounting

Honors/Awards

  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite in Taxes, Estates and Trusts
  • Martindale-Hubbell's Georgia Legal Leaders in Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Georgia’s Top-Rated Lawyers in Tax, Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates and Probate Law, 2013-2014
  • Super Lawyer, Estate Planning and Probate
  • Five Star Wealth Manager, Best in Client Satisfaction in Estate Planning, Financial Planning & Taxes, Atlanta Magazine

Pro bono/Community Service

  • The Ansley Park Civic Association, Member
  • Sawbones (doctors) vs. Jawbones (lawyers) Basketball Game, Side by Side Brain Injury Center, Sponsor
  • Ansley Park Tour of Homes, Sponsor and Volunteer
  • The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Board Member
  • The Children’s School, Treasurer
  • Georgian Chamber Players, Past Treasurer
  • “I Have a Dream” Program, Contributor
  • High Museum of Art, Circle/Cornerstone Member
  • Atlanta Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • The Atlanta Junior Rowing Association, Treasurer
  • The University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association Atlanta Chapter, Past-President
  • The Ansley Golf Club, Member
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers at Morehouse College, Contributor
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Member
  • Probate Information Center (PIC), Fulton County Probate Court, Volunteer
  • The Leadership Atlanta Program, Executive Committee
  • Trinity School Parents Association, President

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
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Office Location for C. Murray Saylor, Jr.

1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 3220
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: 404-892-4007

Fax: 404-892-2400

Last Updated: 9/7/2021

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