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
Fax: 404-892-2400
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2010
Licensed 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate Planning & Probate (40%): Estate Planning, Living Wills, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Tax (40%): Tax Law

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations

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

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2010

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About Murray Saylor, Jr.

Admitted: 1982, Georgia

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

Honors and Awards:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Co-Author, Women and the Law: A Guide to Women’s Legal Rights in Georgia, chapters on wills, trusts and starting your own business
  • Author, Privilege and Tax Return Preparation, The Attorney-CPA
  • Author, A Strategy for Reducing Alternative Minimum Tax Generated From Incentive Stock Options, The Attorney-CPA
  • Author, Required Retirement Plan Distributions Depend on Beneficiary Designations, Medical Practice Management magazine
  • Author, Tax Return Dates are Changing in 2016, The Mortmain, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Bar Estate Planning & Probate Section, January 2016 edition
  • Author, 2014 Tax Return Tips, The Atlanta Lawyer, January/February edition
  • Author, IRS Audits and Service Levels, The Atlanta Lawyer, May 2015 edition
  • Representative of Georgia Society of CPAs, Managing Your Money Conference
  • Speaker, Georgia Society of CPAs courses
  • Featured Speaker, State Bar of Georgia CLE courses on Trusts and Estates and Probate
  • Panel Member, The Atlanta Bar Association section meetings on End of Year Tax Planning
  • Featured Speaker, The Atlanta Bar Association section meetings on End of Year Tax Planning
  • Speaker, Georgia Tech’s Tech2Nite Business and Estate Planning Course
  • Lecturer, Post-Mortem Planning, Trust Administration, Tax Hurdles and Ethics, National Business Institute
  • Lecturer, Post-Mortem Planning, Trust Administration, Tax Hurdles and Ethics, The American Academy of Attorney-CPAs

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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.

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

Phone: 404-892-4007

Fax: 404-892-2400

 

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Last Updated: 7/9/2018

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