Estate Planning with a Tax Emphasis
I am an experienced attorney who specializes in Estate Planning, emphasizing key taxation issues which may be present, enabling you to weigh your options when making decisions during the Estate Planning process. I work very hard to make you, the client, my number one priority. I establish a personal rapport with each client, nurturing the development of trust in handling sensitive financial and personal matters. My focus is on your needs to make sure you find the right plan to safeguard your future and the future of the people about whom you care.
I received my B.A in History from Montana State University, and my Juris Doctorate law degree in 2003 from the University of Montana School of Law. In 2004, I received my Masters (LL.M.) in Taxation Law from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, Washington.
Although born in Corpus Christi, Texas, where my father was stationed in the military after serving in World War II, I was raised mainly in Montana, where both of my grandfathers homesteaded in the early Twentieth Century. I married a farmer in 1977, and farmed and raised Arabian horses for nineteen years. During that time, I worked for a local veterinarian, working my way up from veterinary assistant to manager of the clinic. I spent my spare time as a custom cowboy for local ranchers who needed seasonal cowhands. An avid horsewoman, I showed my Arabian horses on local circuits and at regional shows, winning in both halter and performance. After taking a course in driving a team of horses in Corvallis, Oregon, I rebuilt a half platform spring wagon, trained Arabian horses to drive and used the wagon on several statehood Centennial events in Montana and Wyoming.
Following my divorce in 1996, I worked for H & R Block as a tax preparer and for a regional accounting firm, where I worked until entering law school in 2000. I moved to Arizona in 2004, and entered private law practice. After working a year for a Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law, I spent eight years working in a major Flagstaff firm as an estate planning and school law attorney. My 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.
I was a frequent presenter at conferences around the state sponsored by the Arizona School Boards Association on various school issues. I 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.
In April of 2013, I opened Munro Law Office, PLLC when I 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. I realized individuals need a lawyer that will focus on the client’s needs and goals.
I am proud to have been a voting member serving almost two full terms on the Probate and Trust Executive Council for the State Bar of Arizona, and and 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.
I am licensed to practice in Arizona and Montana. My 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.
I look forward to serving you!