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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.

Guest Post: What Arizonans Need to Know About Health Insurance

Today I'm delighted to share an article from my friend Kristin Dorn at the Dorn Agency about today's hot button issue: health insurance.* What Every Arizonan Should Know About Health Insurance The frustration is mounting with health insurance. The website is a mess. The premiums are higher than many expected. And there’s a lot of [...]

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Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes

As an estate planning attorney, I hear stories every day about common estate planning mistakes and their consequences.  Mistakes can vary, but often result in someone not adequately planning to take care of themselves during their life, planning for their disability, and planning for their survivors after passing. With a comprehensive estate plan drafted by [...]

Scottsdale Trust Attorney

Scottsdale trust attorney Abigail Neal is a second generation Arizona native who enjoys helping her clients meet their personal and professional goals.  One part of Abby's practice is creating trusts for clients as part of a comprehensive estate plan.   Scottsdale trust attorney Abby Neal is often asked the following questions about trusts: What is a [...]

National Estate Planning Awareness Week 2013

This week is National Estate Planning Awareness Week 2013!   In 2008, the National Associate of Estate Planners and Councils (NAEPC) worked with Congress to pass a resolution to proclaim the third week of October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week.  The resolution stated “Many Americans are unaware that lack of estate planning and financial [...]

The $400M Reclusive Heiress, Her Nurse and a Battle of Wills

Huguette Clark was born in 1906 into a life of wealth and privilege, the daughter of an American copper and railroad baron, raised in a 121-room Manhattan mansion, the city’s largest private residence. She could have enjoyed the high life of parties and travel, but instead opted for seclusion and secrecy, withdrawing from society almost [...]

What is Trust Funding?

Question:  I want to create a trust to provide for my children and avoid probate, but I've heard I have to fund it.  What is trust funding? Answer:  Trust funding is the process of re-titling assets out of your name and into the name of your trust.  Do not be confused by the term "funding".  [...]

7 Non-Tax Reasons to Plan

There is a common misconception that estate planning is only for the wealthy so they can minimize their tax liabilities.  While this is one part of estate planning, it is certainly not the only part.  Even if someone isn't wealthy or concerned about taxes, there are a number of important non-tax reasons why everyone should [...]

Top 5 Legal Challenges Facing Michael Jackson’s Estate Executors

Hat Tip to Danielle and Andrew Mayoras of Trial & Heirs for this great article! Many people never stop to think of how hard a job it is to administer the estate or trust of someone who passes away.  Often, it's a thankless job, filled with headaches.  That's certainly been the case for the Michael [...]

Four Ways Americans Are Hurting Their Retirement

In general, Americans tend to be pretty optimistic.  Even in this struggling economy and difficult job market, most American workers will say that the future looks better and that good times are on the way.  Most American workers are also optimistic that their financial situation will improve next year and that their retirement plans are [...]

Small Estate Affidavit Qualifying Amounts Increase

Arizona law provides that certain "small estates" may avoid probate by using a small estate probate Affidavit.  Recently, the dollar amount of assets that qualify for the exemption increased. Previously, if a decedent owned $50,000 or less in personal property, the decedent's heirs could use a Small Estate Affidavit for the Collection of Personal Property.  [...]

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