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Abel, Elizabeth W.

Suite 1022101 West Clinton AvenueHuntsville, AL 35805-3093
Phones: (256) 535-1100
Fax: (256) 533-9322
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The primary focus of Ms. Abel's practice is estate and business planning. She regularly consults with individual clients on ways to reduce or eliminate estate taxes and prepares complex wills, trusts, family limited partnerships, revocable living trusts, life-insurance trusts, charitable gifts and trusts, and other agreements to enable these clients in meeting their estate-planning goals. In addition, Ms. Abel prepares durable powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, and...

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The primary focus of Ms. Abel's practice is estate and business planning. She regularly consults with individual clients on ways to reduce or eliminate estate taxes and prepares complex wills, trusts, family limited partnerships, revocable living trusts, life-insurance trusts, charitable gifts and trusts, and other agreements to enable these clients in meeting their estate-planning goals. In addition, Ms. Abel prepares durable powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, and documents for the appointment of guardians and conservators. Ms. Abel assists clients in probating estates and administering trusts.

Ms. Abel's business planning practice involves advising clients on the formation and operation of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other business organizations. She prepares organizational documents, shareholder agreements, leases, noncompete agreements, employment agreements, asset-purchase and stock-purchase agreements, loan and security agreements, and office-sharing agreements.

On behalf of business clients, Ms. Abel structures and prepares a variety of employee-benefit plans, including cafeteria plans, nonqualified deferred-compensation plans, qualified and nonqualified stock-option plans, employee stock-purchase plans, medical reimbursement plans, phantom stock plans, 401(k) plans, and profit-sharing and money-purchase retirement plans. Ms. Abel also advises nonprofit and governmental clients on the operation and administration of their 403(b) retirement plans, tax-sheltered annuities and other employee-benefit programs.

Ms. Abel advises and assists clients in organizing charitable trusts, endowments and non-profit corporations, and obtaining tax-exempt status for those organizations.

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Current Employment Position(s)
Shareholder
Practice Areas
Corporate and Business LawFederal TaxesEstate and Gift TaxesEmployee Benefit & Retirement PlansEstate Probate & Trust AdministrationNonprofit & Charitable OrganizationsCharitable GivingTax ControversiesBusiness SuccessionGuardianships & ConservatorshipsMarital PlanningRetirement PlanningReal Estate Partnerships & Investment TrustsJoint Ventures & Strategic AlliancesBusiness Planning
Litigation
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Qualifications
Bar Admissions
Alabama, 1984U.S. Tax Court, 1987U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama
Other Affiliations
American Bar Association, Probate and Trusts SectionAmerican Bar Association, Business SectionAmerican Bar Association, Tax SectionAlabama Bar AssociationHuntsville-Madison County Bar AssociationEstate and Financial Planning Council of Huntsville, AlabamaHuntsville Symphony Orchestra Foundation (President)
Classes and Seminars
Lecturer, Estate Planning Issues
Education
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1984
J.D.
Honors: magna cum laude
New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1985
LL.M.
Major: Taxation
University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama, 1981
B.A.
Honors: summa cum laude
Office Information
Address
Suite 1022101 West Clinton AvenueHuntsville, AL 35805-3093
Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone
(256) 535-1100
Fax
(256) 533-9322
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