Murray Saylor, Jr., born Akron, Ohio; Certified 1972, Ohio; 1973, Pennsylvania; 1980, Texas; 1981, Georgia; Practice Areas: Estate Planning/Wills, Trusts, Tax – International/Federal/State/Local, Tax Planning & Compliance, Corporate – General/Business, Financial Planning, Accounting. Accreditation as a Personal Financial Specialist, 1988, a CPA designation; Accreditation as an Estate Planner, 1995 National Association of Estate Planners; AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell; The Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys; Legal Leaders, Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers in Tax Law, Trusts & Estates as seen in The Wall Street Journal and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2020-2013; Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, The Best Lawyers in Georgia in Tax, Estates & Trusts Category, 2019, 2016, 2013-2008; Georgia Super Lawyers in Estate Planning/Trusts 2005-2010, 2021 as seen in Atlanta magazine; Five Star Wealth Managers, 2009 and 2012, Best in Client Satisfaction in Estate Planning, Financial Planning & Taxes. Admitted to bar 1978, Pennsylvania; 1982, Georgia. Preparatory education, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (B.S.); Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania (M.S.); Temple University School of Law (J.D., 1978). Counsel for Amicus Curiae in the Supreme Court of the United States, Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Brian Wynne et ux., Brief of Amicus Curiae American Academy of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, Inc. Supporting Respondents, 2014. American Academy of Attorney CPA’s Foundation (Vice President, 2019-2021); American Academy of Attorney CPA’s (AAA-CPA’s) (President, 2002-2003; Executive Committee, 1996-2004, 2009-2010; Director, 1996-Present; Chair, Estate Planning Committee, 2003-2007); American Bar Association, Real Estate, Trust and Estate Law Sections; Georgia Bar Association (Member, Fiduciary and Taxation Law Sections); Atlanta Bar Association, Tax Section (Immediate Past Chair, 2015-2017, Chair, 2013-2015, Vice-Chair, 2011-2013, Secretary-Treasurer, 2010-2011, Board Member, 2009-Present), (Member, Estate Planning and Probate Section); American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tax Division; Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (Member, Leadership Committee, Estate and Financial Planning Section, 2003-2004; Chair, Personal Financial Planning Committee, 1997-1999); Atlanta Tax Forum, (President, 2009-2010, Immediate Past President, 2010-2011, President-Elect, 2008-2009, Board Member, 2005-Present); Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Fellow; Atlanta Bar Foundation, Fellow; Atlanta Estate Planning Council.
Co-Author: “COVID-19’s Effects on Tax,” The Atlanta Lawyer, the official magazine of the Atlanta Bar Association, Feb/March 2021. Co-Author: “International Estate Planning for the Domestic Estate Planner” The Mortmain, Official Newsletter for the Estate Planning & Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, Spring 2020. Speaker: American Academy of Attorney-CPAs Fall Meeting & Conference, “A Tax and Financial Analysis of the Trump Family Wealth Transfers and Accumulations,” November 2019. Speaker: Georgia’s Solo and Small Firm Institute Conference, “How to Navigate the New Tax Law Landscape,” September 2018. Speaker: “Planning Through the Decades of Life” and “Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017- What the Estate Planner Needs to Know,” Estate Planning & Probate Section, February Author: “Tax Return Dates are Changing for 2016,” The Mortmain, January 2016. Author: “2014 Tax Return Tips: The Affordable Care Act & 2014 Tax Returns,” The Atlanta Lawyer, January/February Speaker: “Annual Exclusion Gifting” and “Tax and Estate Planning for Pension and IRA Assets,” National Business Institute Conference: Top Estate Planning Techniques, December 2015; Speaker: “Probate Boot Camp,” National Business Institute Conference, August 2015; Speaker on U.S. and Georgia taxes at West GA Health Foundation Seminar, Spring 2011; Speaker, “End of Year Tax Planning,” Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section, 2008. Speaker at the American Academy of Attorney-CPA’s national meeting, 2008; Regular Speaker at Georgia Tech’s Tech2Night Business and Estate Planning course. Speaker for numerous Georgia Society of CPAs courses and was their representative at the Managing Your Money Conference with Clark Howard. Author: “Required Retirement Plan Distributions Depend on Beneficiary Designations,” Medical Practice Management, March, April, 2000; Author: “A Strategy for Reducing Alternative Minimum Tax Generated From Incentive Stock Options,” The Attorney-CPA, August 2000; Author: “Privilege and Tax Return Preparation,” The Attorney-CPA, 1999. Co-Author: Women and the Law: A Guide to Women’s Legal Rights in Georgia, 1996.
Brain Injury Association of Georgia, Advisory Board; Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse Sawbones vs. Jawbones Basketball Game, Sponsor; High Museum of Art Circle/Cornerstone Member; Contributor to Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers at Morehouse College (as noted on the wall of the Center for Civil and Human Rights); Ansley Park Tour of Homes, Sponsor; Ansley Park Art in the Park, Sponsor; Trinity School Parents, Teachers, Students Association, Past Co-President; The Children’s School, Past Treasurer; “I Have a Dream” Program, Contributor; Trees Atlanta, Sponsor; The Atlanta Junior Rowing Association, Past Treasurer; Ansley Park Civic Association, Member; Georgian Chamber Players, Treasurer, 2002-2003, Board 2000-2014; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board, 1984-1991; Leadership Atlanta, 1986-present; University of Pennsylvania Atlanta Alumni Association, President, 1991-1997, Board 1983-2005; U.S. Navy Supply Corps, Former Lieutenant.
Prior to founding The Saylor Law Firm LLP in 1996, Mr. Saylor was a partner in a Peachtree Center law firm. He was the Partner-in-charge of the Tax Department of Touche Ross in Atlanta for most of the 1980’s and a founding partner of Deloitte & Touche. During most of the 1970’s, he practiced public accounting as an auditor and tax advisor with Coopers and Lybrand, now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.