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Kevin F. Murphy

Phone: 973-403-9000 or 973 228-6777

Fax: 973-403-9021


Summary of Practice

KEVIN MURPHY provides advice to a wide range of individuals and their businesses to minimize taxes.  He has more than thirty-five years of experience in tax planning, fiduciary counseling, estate and trust administration, fiduciary litigation, planning for family held businesses, the selection and formation of business entities, elder law, guardianships, employee benefits, executive compensation, the representation of family foundations and other nonprofit organizations.

His estate planning practice emphasizes integrated income, estate, gift and charitable tax planning. His vast experience with executive compensation has allowed Kevin to become knowledgeable regarding the tax consequences of nonqualified executive compensation arrangements and distributions from tax-qualified arrangements.

Kevin values the long-standing and close relationships he has developed with his clients. He knows how to achieve his clients objectives in a cost-efficient and effective manner.

Areas of Practice

Elder Law, Charitable Planning, Estate Planning, Probate, Taxation Law, Trusts, Wills

Professional Associations & Memberships

New Jersey State Bar Association Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust, Member

New Jersey State Bar Association Section of Employee Benefits, Member

New Jersey State Bar Association Section of Taxation, Member

Published Works

The IRS Gets Its Swagger on When It Comes to IRA Beneficiary Trusts, New Jersey Law Journal, August 16, 2010.

Buy-Sell Agreements Should Be Reviewed in the FindLaw KnowledgeBase highlighting the implications of the Estate of Cohen v. Booth Computers

Classes & Seminars

“Using Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts” and “Charitable Trusts: Setting Aside Assets and Tax Planning”, National Business Institute, 2018

“Complex Issues in Estate Administration” and “Handling Estate Administration Tax Issues”, National Business Institute, 2018

“Annual Exclusion Gifts” and “Qualified Personal Residence Trusts”, National Business Institute, 2018

“Where To Begin?–An Overview Of Trusts” and “Ethical Considerations”, National Business Institute, 2017

“Fully Utilizing Tax Advantages” and “Estate Planning and LLCs”, National Business Institute, 2017

“Estate Planning:  How a Trump Presidency Will Affect Family Businesses”, Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Family Business Forum, 2017

“Documenting Long Term Care, Incapacity and End of Life Decisions”, National Business Institute, 2016

“Advanced Tax Exempt Organizations Strategies”, National Business Institute, 2016

“Using LLCs for Estate Planning”, National Business Institute, 2014

“Series LLCs”, National Business Institute 2014

“Advanced LLC Strategies”, National Business Institute, 2014

“Top 10 Tax Mistakes to Avoid in Life Insurance Planning”, Lum Institute, 2013

“Understanding the Tax Advantages of an LLC”, National Business Institute, 2013

“Employee Incentives and Equity Option Programs for an LLC”, National Business Institute 2013

“Tax Saving Strategies During Acquisitions”, National Business Institute, 2012

“Structuring and Drafting the Acquisition Agreement”, National Business Institute, 2012

“Key Procedures in Mergers and Acquisitions of Privately Held Companies”, National Business Institute, 2012

“Forming Limited Liability Companies”, National Business Institute, 2012

“Sunset of the Bush Administration Tax Program and 2011 Implications”, Archdiocese of Newark CPE, 2010

“Tax Aspects of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010”, The O. Berk Company Family Business Forum, 2010

“Demystifying the Probate Process in Morris County”, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2010

“2010: A Bizarre Year for the Estate Tax Will Require Extra Planning”, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2010

“Guardianships and Conservatorships from A to Z”, National Business Institute, 2008

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, 1983

U.S. Tax Court, 1996


Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey

J.D. – 1982

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

B.B.A., Accounting – 1977

Past Employment Positions

Carpenter, Bennett & Morrissey, Associate, 1989 – 1997

Hannoch Weisman, Associate, 1985 – 1989

Ernst & Whinney, 1982 – 1985