Estate Planning

If you are working hard everyday to provide for yourself and your family, you need to protect your hard work and investments. None of us like to contemplate the possibility of going through a terrible accident that may result in serious injury . . . or even death. Give yourself piece of mind and make appropriate plans to protect your family and your assets. Giving your loved ones specific instructions of your wishes for how to care for you if you are unable to make these difficult decisions yourself, will rid them of this heavy burden. Even the closest families can become permanently divided due to litigation over healthcare or wealth-planning decisions after a family member becomes incapacitated or passes away without a plan. We will work together to draft a Will, Trust, or Advanced Healthcare Directive the meets your specific needs.


A will is a legal document that lets you designate individuals or charities (your beneficiaries) to receive your real property and personal possessions when you pass away. A will also allows you to name a guardian to care for minor children if you unable. If you pass away intestate (without a will), the state laws will be followed upon the your death.

Advanced Medical Directives

An advance directive (or living will) is a document that provides instructions regarding end-of-life care and allows you to make your own choices about life support instead of state law deciding for you. Drafting this simple document will prevent confusion about the type of care you want (or do not want) in the event you become incapable of communicating your wishes to your family.


Probate is required in Idaho any time a person passes (the Decedent) away while owning any interest in real estate, or personal property with a total value of $100,000 or more. Generally, Probate requires the following steps:

(1) The Executor appointed in the Decedent’s will submits the will to the Probate Court.

(2) The Executor prepares an Inventory and Appraisement of the Decedent’s assets existing at the time of death.

(3) A Notice to Creditors published in a local newspaper.  The Executor pays the debts owed by Decedent at time of death (if the Decedent has sufficient assets).

(4) The Executor then distributes the remaining assets according to the Decedent’s will (or state law if there is no will). The Executor provides the Court with a Final Accounting after the debts are paid and assets distributed.

Power of Attorney

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that allows you appoint another person to act as your agent (or attorney-in-fact) to handle financial and legal decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself.  A durable power of attorney (DPOA) serves the same function as a POA, but remains effective even after you become incapacitated.

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