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Scottsdale attorney Abigail Neal is passionate about helping people, focusing on trusts and estates, probate and business law. Call (480) 699-7992 today!

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. [...]

What is a Power of Attorney?

Question:  Someone told me I should have a power of attorney.  I don't know what that is.  Do I need one? Answer: You should have a power of attorney.  There are different types, but the basic concept of a power of attorney is you (the "principal) giving decision making authority to someone else you pick [...]

Estate and Gift Taxes After the Fiscal Cliff

Many people are wondering what happened to the estate and gift tax laws as a result of the last minute law passed by Congress. For the most part, they continued the status quo. This is a huge boon for wealthy individuals. If Congress had not acted, the estate tax exclusion amount would have dropped from [...]

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