The firm provides its clients with a variety of legal services. The primary areas of concentration are in estate planning, probate, real estate, and business planning. Murphy and Nelson represents individuals, partnerships, corporations, trustees, and probate estates. Representative clients include estate planning clients whose needs range from simple wills to complex trusts and tax planning. Murphy and Nelson also represents probate estates, and has extensive experience in all aspects of estate administration and probate litigation. Other representative clients include automobile dealerships, manufacturers, real estate brokers, retail stores, restaurants, contractors, and landlords.
Services relative to estate planning include the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, patient advocate designation, and estate tax planning. We provide counsel to personal representatives and trustees for estates and trusts. It is in the capacity of counselor that our attorneys are able to identify the unique needs of the client. These identified needs are then transferred into an estate plan tailored to the individual client. The goal for each individual estate plan is to provide the highest level of service to ensure the final directives of our clients are realized.
Murphy and Nelson has broad experience in representing client in real estate transactions. These include the sale and purchase of residential, commercial, and agricultural real estate; preparation or review of leases for both landlords and tenants of residential or commercial real estate; representation of developers, builders, and contractors; review of appraisals; negotiations and assistance related to the financing and construction of projects; preparation of closing documents; preparation of documents related to easements; and litigation relating to these matters.
Fees are based upon the time and expertise required and responsibility involved. Some work is done on an hourly basis. For other matters, a flat fee is appropriate, provided it can be ascertained with some reasonable degree of fairness. The attorney handling a matter will discuss the fee arrangement with the client during the initial conferences at our office. For some matters, we will be able to give the client an estimate of the fee. In others, the attorney will explain how the fee will be determined. For lengthy matters, our fee will be billed periodically, which is generally on a monthly basis; in other matters the fee is payable upon completion of the work. Some matters require an advance payment, known as a retainer, towards the fee.