H. Neal Wells III

H. Neal Wells IIINeal Wells III – In Memoriam
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H. Neal Wells III

The attorneys and staff at SBEMP mourn the loss of our beloved partner, mentor, and friend Neal Wells III.

Neal was born on September 10, 1936, in Los Angeles, California. Neal leaves behind a legacy marked by a distinguished legal career and commitment to community involvement. Neal’s academic journey led him from Pomona College to Stanford University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. His education then continued at Stanford Law School, where he earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence. Specializing in estates and trusts, Neal provided invaluable expertise in estate tax counseling, administration, and litigation. His leadership extended to the Probate section of the State Bar of California, where he served as President. Neal’s dedication was further evident in his role as a consultant for “California Trust Administration,” a comprehensive guide to trust administration. 

Neal was also a member of esteemed legal associations, including the American Bar Association, Los Angeles Bar Association, California Bar Association, and the Orange County Bar Association. As Captain of a State Bar team, he contributed to the revision of the California Probate Code. 

Beyond the courtroom, Neal touched lives through his involvement in various community organizations, serving as President of Young Republicans and contributing to the United Way precursor and Children’s Home Society as a Board member. Neal Wells III passed away on November 20, 2023. His enduring legacy, marked by legal brilliance, community impact, and unwavering faith, leaves an indelible mark on SBEMP and beyond.

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