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W. John Skabelund

Attorney

Education

  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law (J.D., 2011)
  • Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business (Executive MBA, 2007)
  • Westminster College, Gore School of Business (B.S., Accounting, 2001)

Court Admissions

  • State of Arizona

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts, Wills
  • Asset Protection
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Emerging Businesses & Start-ups
  • Private Equity
  • Internet Law

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona- Member
  • Inn of Court, Sandra Day O’Connor Chapter – Member
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Phoenix Chapter Board Member
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, International Media Committee Board Member
  • Central Arizona Estate Planning Council – Member
  • Boy Scouts of America– WEBELOS Cub Scout Den Leader

Publications & Presentations

  • “New Year’s Resolutions: Review or Create Your Estate Plan”, presenter at Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC, January 2014
  • “How Realtors® Can Add Value and Generate Referrals by Identifying Blind Spots”, Co-authored by Christopher J. Charles, Esq., Arizona Journal of Real Estate & Business, December 2013
  • “The Gift Your Loved One Really Wants for the Holidays”, Law Matters, December 2013
  • “Standing Out From the Crowd: Identifying Client Blind Spots” presenter at Remax Solutions, October 2013
  • “Building a Strong Foundation” presenter at Software Startups, November 2013
  • “Making Money Off of Real Estate” presenter at Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC, March 2013

Professional Experience
Prior to becoming an attorney, John Skabelund was an auditor and serial entrepreneur. Mr. Skabelund’s previous companies were in the real estate development, human resource consulting, and internet industries. His real world business experience, combined with his education, helps Mr. Skabelund understand the needs and pressures business owners face. This unique perspective allows him to address root causes to problems and develop innovative solutions.

Philosophy

Mr. Skabelund also knows firsthand the value and importance of proper estate and succession planning having had his mother and sister pass away. As an estate planner, he provides security and peace of mind to his clients by providing real solutions to families and business owners when death or disability occurs. In addition, he is often able to protect his clients’ assets from creditors as part of their estate or business plan. Many estate planning attorneys do not practice probate; the area of law concerning the administration of a person’s property after death. As a result of his probate experience, Mr. Skabelund is able to help his clients minimize the cost and time involved in taking care of a person’s estate. He understands personally the emotional and stressful toll a loved one’s death causes and helps relieve that stress and anxiety throughout the process.

Personal
John and his wife, Sarah, are the proud parents of three boys and a girl. He is active in Boy Scouts of America, having received the Hall of Fame award from the Mesa District. He enjoys international travel, Finnish genealogy, and sports.

Endorsements

  • John Skabelund did our family trust last year. We felt like we were in very good hands with John. He handled everything very professionally, but in a personal manner as well. He is very knowledgeable, and was able to explain everything to us in a way that was easy to understand, and answer our questions. He even answered questions we didn’t know we had. I would definitely use his services in the future and highly recommend him as a lawyer.  Jessica Black 
  • I was referred to John Skabelund to open a trust for myself and my family. Since our first meeting, I have had complete confidence in John. The family trust process was smooth and John explained all of our questions. The trust was very affordable given the outstanding reputation that Davis/Miles/McGuire/Gardner has in the valley. John was very professional and knowledgeable in this field. Since this first experience, I have used John on a gun trust as well. I highly recommend John Skabelund for any wills/trusts or probate issues. He is highly knowledgeable and does outstanding work. I have referred many friends to John Skabelund and he has retained a client for life. Do not try and tackle probate/wills/trusts alone, pay a little extra and hire the best, John Skabelund. He is worth every penny. Justin Corvelo 
  • We needed a new operating agreement and I had been referred to another firm. When I found that John was at Davis Miles I decided to see what he had to say. John listened! He asked questions and he listened to what we felt we needed. When he understood (I stopped talking finally) he brought up things we had never thought about.  I typically find lawyers burdened by ego and it was a welcome change to find John competent and confident but not pompous. He provides representation you can count on with an attitude you like to work with. Bill Weaver 
  • An absolute joyful and positive experience from both a leadership and personal standpoint. James Sholove
  • We saw John Skabelund for some estate planning work. As an average working person, I am not very well versed in legal paperwork. I was amazed at how painless and quick the process was with John and his staff. I was impressed with his attention to detail and caring attitude for getting exactly the right set up for our estate and family’s future. My husband has also used him for numerous things geared especially for law enforcement and their families. I would and do highly recommend him for all of your needs. He is quick in responses and will answer the biggest or smallest question you have. I also appreciate his follow up and dedication to making sure we were comfortable with every process and making sure we understood completely everything involved. He is one of the best and I am extremely happy and impressed! Beth Corvelo
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