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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.

Arizona’s Homestead Exemption

What is a Homestead? Generally, a homestead is a dwelling including the land and buildings on the land that is occupied by the owner. What is a Homestead Exemption? A homestead exemption is a law that states that a person's homestead is exempted from seizure or sale for a debt in certain situations. This means [...]

Treating Children Fairly Doesn’t Always Mean Equally

Most parents want to treat their children fairly in their estate planning, and many assume this means that their children should have an equal inheritance. But fair does not necessarily mean equal. In some families, there may be special circumstances to consider. For example, parents may want to provide more to a child who struggles [...]

Do It Yourself Estate Planning

Question: Is DIY estate planning a good idea? If you think performing your own surgery or doing your own dental work is a good idea, then maybe it is. Most educated consumers realize it's not. With the number of online and do it yourself (DIY) document preparers continuing to grow, some people may be wondering [...]

Estate Planning for Two

Planning ahead for your family when you don't have children is a little bit different than when there are children involved. When you don't have to worry about paying college tuition and other financial obligations parents often have to think about, you can consider different techniques that may not have been financially feasible if you [...]

Judge Extends Zsa Zsa Gabor Conservatorship Deal

LOS ANGELES— A judge has extended the temporary conservatorship of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband over the ailing actress and her estate, court papers obtained Friday show. The one-page order issued Tuesday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz means Frederic von Anhalt will remain as his 96-year-old wife’s interim caretaker at least until Aug. [...]

An Estate Plan for Cinderella’s Parents

I saw Cinderella for the first time with my daughter recently, and though I (and likely you) were familiar with the outline of the story, we often forget the backstory. It starts with the disaster, specifically, an estate planning disaster in a world that does not need to worry about the estate tax or probate, [...]

Myths About Wills And Trusts

There are many myths about wills, trust and other legal documents, and what is appropriate for a particular family. Below are some of the most common myths and facts about estate planning: MYTH: I am young and don't have a lot of money, so I don't need a will. Wills are only for older and [...]

Woman Leaves Estate For Cats

New Orleans — Former Covington resident Gail Sheffield was held dear by friends for her sense of humor, her modesty and her brilliance — “She was Google before there was Google’’ long-time friend Julia Sims said. But what Sheffield held most dear was feral cats. They were her passion in life, Sims said, and she [...]

How To Make A Trust That Lasts For Your Heirs

The first step in creating a trust is to ask yourself what you want to accomplish. The whole idea of setting up a trust is to provide for your loved ones after your death. But how do you ensure the trust doesn’t run out of money? The keys, financial planners say, lie in setting up [...]

Tolkien Estate Challenges Warner Bros.’ ‘Patently Absurd’ ‘Hobbit’ Countersuit

The estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien is testing the principle, “You can’t be sued for suing.” In November, the estate and book publisher HarperCollins filed an $80 million lawsuit against Warner Bros., its New Line subsidiary and Saul Zaentz Co. — which holds the rights to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – [...]

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