Meredith P. Murphy
Meredith P. Murphy devotes her law practice to estate planning, and its offshoots, probate and trust administration, fiduciary litigation and taxation law. Meredith recognizes that everyone deserves an estate plan that is tailored towards their life experience and goals, which includes assisting clients with difficult discussions relating to preparing for incapacity and death.
Areas of Practice
- Estate Planning. At some point, everyone will leave behind an estate. We invest our lives building relationships and building wealth, and estate planning helps preserve both of these. Meredith assists clients with the administration of trusts and estates, and works with clients on estate planning through the creation of wills, revocable trusts, special needs trusts, irrevocable trusts (including irrevocable insurance trusts and asset protection trusts), powers of attorney, the use of lifetime gifting, charitable foundations, and closely-held business succession planning.
- Probate and Trust Administration. Probate and trust administration is essentially the process of ensuring that property in an estate or in a trust is handled properly. Probate and trust administration happens during a difficult time in people’s lives. Meredith works with clients on post-death trust and probate administration, including administering trusts, filing estate tax returns, opening and administering probate estates, and estate and trust accountings. Meredith also appears before the probate court to obtain and administer conservatorship and guardianship estates for disabled adults.
- Fiduciary Litigation. Fiduciaries hold positions of trust and authority in acting on behalf of another person (or legal entity). They have a legal obligation to place that person's interests above their own. When a fiduciary breaches these duties, he or she may be held personally liable for the resulting harm through a breach of fiduciary duty claim. Meredith works with clients in adversarial litigation involving will contests, trust contests, fiduciaries, beneficiaries, probates, elder abuse, conservatorships, and other disputes.
- Taxation Law. Meredith prepares estate and gift tax returns as a part of trust administration, and also appears before the IRS when assisting non-profit organizations with obtaining and maintaining tax exempt status. Meredith advises clients on the tax impact of both routine and extraordinary business activities, including entity formation; termination and liquidation; financing; complex real estate transactions; like-kind exchanges; and mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.
- Real Estate. Meredith also represents clients in the negotiation of leases, and sales and acquisitions of real estate.
Meredith earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2001 from Loyola University Chicago where she majored in History, and minored in Political Science, English and Theology. She received her Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University in 2004, and her Masters (LLM) in Taxation from Washington University School of Law in May, 2010. Meredith is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois.
Meredith serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Loyola Academy, and is also an active member of the St. Louis-Jefferson chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Areas of Practice
- Estate Planning
- Probate and Trust Administration
- Fiduciary Litigation
- Taxation Law
- Real Estate
- Missouri, 2005
- Illinois, 2006
- Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
- J.D. - 2004
- Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
- LL.M. - 2010
- Major: Taxation
- Loyola University Chicago Rome Center, Rome, Italy - 2000
- Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
- B.A., History summa cum laude - 2001
- Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The Missouri Bar, Member
- Illinois State Bar Association, Member
- Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
- American Bar Association, Member