Catherine F. Schott Murray

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Phone: (703) 218-2175
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Blog: Begin the Begin
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Catherine F. Schott Murray

SHAREHOLDER
Phone: (703) 218-2175
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Blog: Begin the Begin
Practice Areas

Begin the Begin  Once you begin you are closer to the end than had you not begun at all.  With that statement, Catherine F. Schott Murray appreciates that every client’s situation is unique and requires solutions that are adapted to their particular needs, goals, and objectives once the planning process has begun. She takes the time to carefully listen to her clients and discuss decisions that are not always straightforward, ultimately reaching an appropriate resolution that is pertinent to each client. Catherine is professional, yet compassionate, while carefully explaining complex matters during potentially trying times.

Catherine’s practice focuses on trust and estate planning as well as business planning. She advises clients with respect to the creation and implementation of simple and complex estate plans, including incapacity planning; elder law; guardianships and conservatorships; special needs trusts; health care decision making; estate and trust administration; probate administration; wealth preservation; asset protection; entity formation and maintenance, gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning; charitable planning; irrevocable trusts; donor advised funds; private foundations; family limited partnerships; and limited liability companies.

Prior to joining the firm, Catherine assisted individuals with estate planning and Medicaid planning as well as represented lenders and closely-held companies in commercial and financial transactions, commercial lease negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and collections. She also participated in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Elder Law Clinic where she provided legal services to elderly indigent clients, including drafting guardianship petitions, advance planning for incapacity, estate planning, and medical assistance/Medicaid eligibility for long term care.

Catherine has received an AV rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ for her legal ability and general ethical standards. She was also included among Virginia Business Magazine’s 2014″ Legal Elite” Young Lawyers.   She is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Chapter of NAELA.

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Education
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, Georgetown University, 2009
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., magna cum laude, with Honors, in Political Science and Spanish, Gettysburg College, 2000
    • Phi Beta Kappa
Admitted To Practice
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Tax Court
Areas of Concentration
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Taxation
  • Trust Administration
  • Wills/Trusts
  • Guardianships/Conservatorships
Professional Activities
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA)
    • President 2018 – 2019
    • Vice President 2016-17
    • Board of Directors
  • Fairfax Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • 2017 Door Opener Society Membership – Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
  • 2017 Chapter Member of the Year (VAELA)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2016 – Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2014 – Young Lawyer
Speaking Engagements
  • “Legal Considerations for Your Home”, George Mason University Lifelong Learning Institute, April 2018
  • “Estate Planning After Tax Reform”, February 2018
  • “Legal Considerations for Your Home”, George Mason University Lifelong Learning Institute, May 2017
  • “Why estate planning continues to matter.”, BB&T Seminar, September 2016
Community Activities
  • Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
    • Board of Directors
    • Business Women’s Giving Circle
    • Annual Gala – Steering Committee
    • Community Investment Fund – Grants Committee
  • Orange & Blue Advisory Council – Gettysburg College
Publications
  • Estate Planning: Caveat Venditor vs. Caveat Emptor – Thorsen Case Highlights How Attorney and Client Must Beware (June 30, 2016)
  • Estate Planning: Revised Elective Share Statute in Virginia (June 23, 2016)
  • Failure to Update Existing Plan in Virginia: How Divorce Can Impact Your Estate Plan (June 16, 2016)
  • Special Needs Children– How Divorce Can Impact Your Estate Plan (June 9, 2016)
  • How Divorce Can Impact Your Estate Plan in Virginia – Real Estate and Personal Property (June 2, 2016)
  • How Divorce Can Impact Your Estate Plan – Virginia Beneficiary Designations (May 26, 2016)
  • How Divorce Can Impact Your Estate Plan (May 19, 2016)
  • Estate Planning: Lesson from Sumner Redstone’s Competency Battle (May 12, 2016)
  • May is National Elder Law Month (May 5, 2016)
  • Prince Dies Without A Will; Special Administrator Appointed (April 28, 2016)
  • Caring for Pets As Part of Your Estate Plan (April 21, 2016)
  • National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16 (April 14, 2016)
  • New Department of Labor Rules May Impact Your Retirement Accounts (April 7, 2016)
  • Alternative Living Solutions – “The Granny Pod” (April 2, 2016)
  • ABLE Act – Additional Resource for Families and Advisors (March 16, 2016)
  • Identity Theft and the IRS (March 14, 2016)
  • Why Has Income Tax Planning Become a Bigger Part of Estate Planning? (March 13, 2016)
  • New Rules for Basis Consistency (March 12, 2016)

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