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About Abigail

Scottsdale attorney Abigail Neal is a second generation Arizona native who is passionate about helping people achieve their personal and professional goals. Abigail focuses her practice on trusts and estates, probate and business law. Call (480) 699-7992 today to speak to Arizona lawyer Abigail Neal.

Phoenix Man Accused of Murdering Wife Gets $4.5 Million in Life Insurance Benefits

Despite accusations of murder by his stepchildren, Phoenix businessman Peter J. Mizioch was recently awarded $4.5 million in life insurance benefits. The children of the deceased, Phyllis Mizioch have accused their stepfather of murdering their mother for her life insurance money. Ms. Mizioch died at her Phoenix resident in July, 2010. What makes this story [...]

5 Most Important Estate Planning Documents

Important Estate Planning Documents Everyone Should Have Estate planning can be complicated. Regardless of the size of your estate, you should consider adopting these five important estate planning documents: 1. Last Will and Testament Your Last Will and Testament is a critical document to every estate plan. Why? In most cases (except for trust-based plans, [...]

What Is An Estate?

Question: I don't have a lot of money. Do I have an estate? Answer: Yes. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be a millionaire to have an estate. When many people think of an estate, they picture a mansion on acres of land with lush gardens, stables, staff and everything else the ultra-wealthy [...]

What Is Estate Planning?

Question: What is an estate plan? Do I need an estate plan? Answer: When you know what an estate is, then it's easy to understand estate planning. (If you're unsure what an estate is, read my post about estates.) For the most part, estate planning is literally the planning for the transfer of one's estate [...]

Plan For Your Digital Legacy

Question: How Should I Plan For My Digital Life? Answer: Most people today do so much on their computers, iPhones, iPads and other devices that it's important to include how to access this information with your estate plan. Your loved one's ability to access this information could be critical. For example, if you fall ill [...]

What Should I Do With My Estate Plan After A Divorce?

Question: I got a divorce. I think my spouse was named in my estate plan. What should I do? Answer: If you don't want your spouse to inherit any of your assets or be the one to make critical decisions for you, you must revise your estate plan! Updating your estate plan is critical when [...]

Probate Myths and Facts

Myth: Probate costs and attorney fees are usually as high as 10 percent of your estate. Fact: Arizona court costs to open a probate are very modest. In addition, Arizona lawyers may charge only reasonable fees for necessary services, not percentage fees. Fees may increase in the event of tax issues, disputed creditor claims or [...]

Do I Need A Will If I Want My Spouse And Kids To Inherit Everything?

Question: I don't have a Will but I want my spouse and kids to inherit everything. If my spouse and kids will inherit everything anyway, what's the point of making a Will? Answer: That's a good question. In certain circumstances, a person's spouse and kids will inherit everything. However, that may or may not apply [...]

Tammy Wynette’s Will

Did Tammy Wynette Want To Disinherit Her Children? Virginia Wynette Pugh, who later became known as Tammy Wynette, was born in Mississippi on May 5, 1942 to a family of cotton farmers. Tammy's father died when Tammy was just an infant. As Tammy grew up, she taught herself to play a variety of musical instruments [...]

“The Will” – New Episodes Starting Soon!

For any of you who are into the interesting, strange and downright bizarre stories of the Rich and Famous and their estates, you have to check out Investigation Discovery's show "The Will". Personally, I really like this show (ok, I AM an estate planning lawyer) and find it both interesting and informative. I will try [...]

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