Lawyer Profile
Elizabeth Abel
Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne
2101 West Clinton Avenue, Suite 102
Huntsville, AL, 35805
Phone | 256-535-1100

Law School - Samford University Cumberland School of Law
Bar Admission - 9/28/1984

Law Office Locations: Huntsville

Geographic Areas Served: Madison, Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Limestone, Lawrence, Winston, Morgan, Cullman, Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb, Cherokee


The primary focus of Elizabeth 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, Elizabeth 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.

Elizabeth 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, Elizabeth 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.

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

Areas of Practice:
Corporate and Business Law
Federal Taxes
Estate and Gift Taxes
Employee Benefit and Retirement Plans
Estate Probate and Trust Administration
Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
Charitable Giving
Tax Controversies
Business Succession
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Marital Planning
Retirement Planning
Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
Business Planning
Real Estate Partnerships and Investment Trusts 

Alabama, 1984
U.S. Tax Court, 1987
United States Tax Court
United States District Courts
Northern District of Alabama
All Alabama State Court

American Bar Association
Probate and Trusts, Business, and Tax Sections
Alabama Bar Association
Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
Estate and Financial Planning Council of Huntsville, Alabama 


LL.M., Taxation, 1985, New York University, New York, NY
J.D., magna cum laude, 1984, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, AL

B.A., summa cum laude, 1981, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL

Community Involvement:
President, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Foundation, 2008-09


Elizabeth Abel frequently lectures on estate planning issues, including the effect of estate and gift taxes on an estate plan and the uses of wills, powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, and living and testamentary trusts to achieve estate-planning goals.

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