Estate Planning 101 – What you Need and Who Needs to Know

GU Law Professor Ann Murphy and Law Alumnus Patrick McNulty '10 J.D. outline the important steps we ALL need to be aware of when creating or updating our estate plan. Presenters will review essential estate planning documents such as establishing a will, a living trust, beneficiary designations, power of attorney, health care directives, and more.

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Presenters' Bios

Patrick McNulty '10 J.D. has been an attorney with Randall | Danskin, P.S. for a little over 6 years. His primary practice areas include Taxation, Business Planning & Transactions and Estate Planning, Probate & Trusts. He has been a board member with the Spokane Young Professionals (SYP) and also worked as an Associate Attorney for Holland & Hart LLP out of Boise, Idaho. He is licensed to practice in both Washington and Idaho.

Education and Recognition

University of Washington, LL.M., Taxation, 2014

  • Merit tuition scholarship recipient
  • Meade Emory Endowed Prize for extraordinary merit in the LL.M. program
  • CALI award (highest grade) in the following courses: Estate & Gift Taxation, Taxation of Corporations & Shareholders, Exempt Organizations, Corporate Reorganizations & Acquisitions, Federal Tax Controversy & Procedure and Compensation & Benefits II

Gonzaga University, J.D., summa cum laude, 2010

  • Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Team member 2008–2009
  • NAAC Moot Court Team member 2009–2010
  • Recipient of James E. Rodger Scholarship, Gonzaga Merit Scholarship, and WSBA Intellectual Property Scholarship
  • CALI award (highest grade) in the following courses: Property I, Contracts I, Torts II, Agency & Partnership, Intellectual Property, Legal Research & Writing III, Health Law and Constitutional Law I

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Professor Murphy joined the Gonzaga University faculty in 2000, after working as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service for nearly 15 years. While with the I.R.S., she tried 50 cases before the United States Tax Court, dealing with issues including fraud, business deductions, mergers and acquisitions, TEFRA partnerships, corporate expenses, and exempt organizations.

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair: Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, 2014–2015
  • Fulbright Lecturer: Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 2007–2008
  • Inland Northwest Blood Center, 2014 Chairperson of the Year (Higher Education)
  • Orland Professor of the Year