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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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