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Kathryn is proud to have received her B.A in History from Montana State University, and her Juris Doctorate law degree in 2003 from the University of Montana School of Law. In 2004, she received her LL.M. in Taxation Law (master’s degree) from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, Washington.
Kathryn A. Munro was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, where her father was stationed in the military after serving in World War II. She was raised mainly in Montana, where both of her grandparents homesteaded in the early Twentieth Century.
She married a farmer in 1977, and farmed and raised Arabian horses for nineteen years. During that time, she worked for a local veterinarian, working her way up from veterinary assistant to manager of the clinic. She spent her spare time as a custom cowboy for local ranchers who needed seasonal cowhands. An avid horsewoman, Kathryn showed her Arabians on local circuits and at regional shows, winning in both halter and performance. After taking a course in driving in Corvallis, Oregon, Kathryn became interested in driving, and rebuilt a half platform spring wagon, trained her Arabian horses to drive and used the wagon on several statehood Centennial events in Montana and Wyoming.
Beginning Her Career
Following her divorce in 1996, Kathryn worked for H & R Block as a tax preparer and for a regional accounting firm, where she worked until entering law school in 2000. Kathryn moved to Arizona in 2004, and entered private practice. After working a year for a Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law, Kathryn spent eight years working in a major Flagstaff firm as an estate planning and school law attorney. Her time with the firm was spent working on school employment contracts, finance lease contracts, non-profit compliance with IRS regulations, as well as all aspects of estate planning, guardianship/conservatorships, and estate and trust administration.
Kathryn has worked with school districts throughout the state on contract and taxation issues, and assisted tax-exempt organizations in applying for their IRS determination letter for 501(c)(3) status and advised the nonprofit organization governing bodies on maintaining that status. Kathryn has been a frequent presenter at conferences around the state sponsored by the Arizona School Boards Association on various school issues. She has also presented seminars to other organizations, such as: 403(b) Plan Basics for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials (2009 Winter Conference), Charitable Giving for the Page Chapter of the Arizona Community Foundation, and various estate planning seminars sponsored by Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Unified School District, and the Williams Chapter of the Arizona Community Foundation.
Munro Law Office, PLLC was opened in April of 2013, when Kathryn recognized there was a need for an estate planning law office that did more than treat clients as a means of paying the firm’s bills. Kathryn realized individuals need a lawyer that will focus on the client’s needs and goals.
Kathryn provides her clients with comprehensive estate plans, from prenuptial agreements through a will or trust, as necessary, and documents for life, such as powers of attorney. Her Masters in Taxation Law emphasized estate planning, allowing her to address potential taxation issues, which may have a negative impact when a person passes away, at the planning level to minimize or negate the impact. When a trustee is required to split a trust and establish an irrevocable trust to hold assets to be sheltered from estate tax, Kathryn works with the trustee and the trust accountant to determine what value, and which assets, of the trust estate should be placed in the irrevocable trust.
She is proud to be a being a voting member serving her second term on the Probate and Trust Executive Council for the State Bar of Arizona, and is a member of the Advisory Committee in the area of trust and estate law to the Board of Certification for the State Bar of Arizona.
Kathryn’s practice focuses on assisting clients with succession planning for themselves and their business, guiding them through the legal morass of estate planning, guardianships, conservatorships, probate, and trust and estate administration.
Kathryn is licensed to practice law in Montana and Arizona.
In her time away from work, she enjoys hiking, reading and maintaining her horse property in the Doney Park area.