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William John Skabelund

William John Skabelund

also known as John Skabelund, W. John Skabelund

About me

Mr. Skabelund is a Partner at Davis Miles McGuire Gardner.  However, he is not a typical lawyer.  As a previous auditor and serial entrepreneur, he has real world experience in the internet, real estate development, consulting, and accounting industries.  Having used attorney services before becoming a lawyer, he understands clients need a responsive attorney who is more interested in them and their goals than the retainer fee. 


Mr. Skabelund is committed to contacting clients the same business day.  He takes the time to know you and your situation.  He develops innovative and cost effective solutions for clients.


His business background combined with a MBA and Accounting degree enables him to relate and understand his clients. 


His estate planning and probate clients appreciate his personal experience of being in their shoes because both of his parents and an adult sister has died.  He understands first hand the complexity of details and emotions involved in estates and trusts.


Contact him today for a free consultation.


Languages spoken: Finnish

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Practice areas


  1. Business: 40%
  2. Estate Planning: 35%
  3. Probate: 15%
  4. Real Estate: 10%



Hourly ($275/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

16 total 

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  • Ryan Lynn Jensen

    I endorse this lawyer with great enthusiasm and without qualification. I have worked with John on probate and estate planning matters and have observed first hand his legal competency and high commitment to his clients.


    Ryan Jensen Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Ike Z Devji

    John has been an indispensable resource to my own clients on a variety of estate planning related issues. He is knowledgeable, careful and detail oriented and I refer to him often.


    Ike Devji Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC

80 E. Rio Salado Parkway
Suite 401
Tempe, AZ, 85210


AZActive 201205/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2014
Pedrick ScholarSandra Day O'Connor College of Law2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder & PresidentMyPrice.com2006 - 2008
Founder & PresidentAltima Consulting2004 - 2006
Cofounder & PresidentStonewater Development2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
WealthCounselMember2012 - Present
Central Arizona Estate Planning CouncilMember2011 - Present
American Inns of CourtMember2011 - Present
J. Reuben Clark Law SocietyBoard Member2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
1031 ExchangeSaved the client millions in deferred taxes
Asset Protection & Estate Tax SavingsCreditors will have great difficult reaching the client's assets and the client potentially saved approximately $15 million in future taxes.
Franchise AcquisitionA smooth acquisition both before and after the closing
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Publication nameTitleDate
Arizona Journal of Real Estate and BusinessGenerate Referrals by Identifying Your Client's Blind Spots2013
Law MattersThe Gift Your Loved One Really Wants for the Holidays2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2011
Arizona State UniversityExecutive ProgramOther - Masters2007
Westminster College (Salt Lake City)AccountingBS - Bachelor of Science2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Earthquake in Inherited IRAsEstate Planning2015
Flipping Out! When a FLP is a Great Strategy for Your ClientAdvanced Estate Planning2015
New Year’s Resolution: Review or Create Your Estate PlanEstate Planning2014
Business Plans: A Necessary Evil or Can We Burn Them?Business Law2014
Standing Out From the Crowd: Identifying Client Blind SpotsAsset Protection2013
Software Startup Series: Building a Strong FoundationBusiness Law2013
Making Money Off of Real EstateReal Estate & Business Law2013