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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.

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.  [...]

Time to Update Your Trust

Countless surveys reveal that the majority of Americans do not have all of the necessary estate planning documents in place.  In fact, most people don't have any estate planning documents at all.  One of the big reasons for this is because dying or becoming incapacitated is is the bottom of everyone's to-do list.  Many people [...]

Announcing the Neal Law Firm

Arizona lawyer Abigail Neal is delighted to announce the opening of the Neal Law Firm.  Abby's goal with the Neal Law Firm is to provide her clients with exceptional legal service in the areas of estate planning, business, charities and nonprofits and probate. Our office is located near Scottsdale Road and Lincoln. Our contact information [...]

Estate Planning for Baby Boomers

Changes are coming as five million baby boomers are turning 65 every year for the next 15 years.  Experts have predicted changes affecting the economy, housing, our social structure, recreational activities and health care services for an aging population that will continue to grow.  And baby boomers have different expectations about their "golden years" than [...]

Protecting Loved Ones – 5 Life Insurance Beneficiary Mistakes

People purchase life insurance with the goal of providing for their loved ones in the event of their passing.  It follows then that naming beneficiaries of a life insurance policy is often an automatic action for people, depending on their life circumstance.  Married people typically name their spouses with their children as the contingent beneficiaries.  [...]

Amanda Bynes – Amanda Bynes’ parents file conservatorship papers

Amanda Bynes’ parents have filed court documents to become her temporary conservators. Rick and Lynn Bynes hired respected attorneys Tamar Arminak and Patrick Reider, and officially applied to gain legal control of the actress’s personal welfare and financial affairs on Thursday (25.07.13), as she remains under an involuntary hold in a psychiatric hospital in California. [...]

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