Legal Considerations Is Topic Of Bradley County's August Women’s Council Session

Saturday, August 5, 2017
Marcia McMurray
Marcia McMurray

End-of-life planning is morbid to some, but for those who want to protect and properly distribute their assets, such planning is imperative.

Consulting with a lawyer who has expertise in estate planning is vital to handling hard-earned assets. The Women’s Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce will help interested individuals become the “boss of their legal affairs” on Monday, Aug. 21, at noon in its conference center.

Marcia McMurray, attorney for McMurray Law Office PLLC since 1997, has as her primary areas of practice estate planning and administration and business organizations. She will focus on estate planning matters such as wills, trust guardianships for children, financial powers of attorney, healthcare powers of attorney and living wills during the luncheon.

Prior to joining the McMurray Law Office, she was an attorney with Bell and Associates PC from May 1988 to Mary 1997. She earned her JD degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. There she became a member of the Order of the Coif, an honorary scholastic society that encourages excellence in legal education by fostering a spirit of careful study, recognizes those law students who attained a high grade of scholarship, and honors those who as lawyers, judges and teachers attained high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments.

At Vanderbilt, Ms. McMurray was also an Andrew Ewing Scholar and associate editor of Vanderbilt Law Review, for which she earned recognition. She also received American Jurisprudence Awards for Torts I, Federal Taxation, and State and Local Taxation.

In addition to her JD degree, the local attorney holds a master’s degree in psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga.

Ms. McMurray is past chairperson of the board for the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. She holds professional memberships in the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association (current delegate to and past Speaker of the House of Delegates), Bradley County Bar Association (past president), Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (past president), The Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Inc., Fellow of American Bar Foundation and Fellow of Tennessee Bar Foundation.

Women’s Council is a quarterly program of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.

“This program is open to women and men,” Women’s Council Chairperson Ann Marie Brewer said. “The content is important, and we want to encourage you to attend the luncheon to get answers from an estate-planning expert about how to handle your hard-earned assets and protect your family.”

The cost for “Be the Boss of Your Legal Affairs” is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers and includes a buffet luncheon. Chamber members may use admission credits from their tiered investment if available.

To register, call 423-472-6587 by noon on Thursday, Aug. 17. Chamber members also may register online at the community calendar at

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