Law Journal

Why is our Pricing Posted?

We recognize that creating a wise estate plan is a significant investment.  As with any such expenditure, we would encourage clients to comparison shop.  If another experienced attorney offers an equivalent package for a lower cost, that should be taken into account in deciding which firm to utilize. In order for you to effectively comparison […]

Gun Trust:  Who Needs One?

More is being said about the need for a Gun Trust these days.  That raises a question:  Who needs one and who doesn’t? A little background may help.  In addition to any state-required permits, federal law requires a special federal permit for a few types of weapons and accessories.  Those are: Full automatic firearms (multiple […]

Why is Our Pricing Posted?

We recognize that creating a wise estate plan is a significant investment.  As with any such expenditure, we would encourage clients to comparison shop.  If another experienced attorney offers an equivalent package for a lower cost, a potential client should take that into account in deciding which firm to utilize. In order for you to […]

Cost of Living Trust of Family Trust?

When prepared and implemented by this office, the cost of a complete Living Trust or Family Trust package will be just $1,495 for an unmarried person and $1,895 for a married couple. That price includes all of the following: Living Trust or Family Trust Agreement Last Will and Testaments Living Will to inform your loved […]

Property Outside of Idaho

It’s fairly common these days for a person to own property in more than one state. If no steps are taken to alleviate the problem, when that person passes away, probate proceedings will be required in each state in which the person owns real estate. But with a Living Trust or Family Trust, not only […]

Property Taxes & Living Trusts

One common concern that I hear about Living Trusts and Family Trusts is the question of whether moving one’s home into a trust will increase the property taxes on the home? The answer is:  No.  A Living Trust is taxed in exactly the same manner as an individual is taxed. But it is important to […]

Inheritances for Those on Disability Benefits

Children with special needs present unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to making an estate plan. A child – whether a minor or an adult – who is receiving Social Security disability benefits under the SSI program will lose those benefits if he or she receives an inheritance.  SSI is a “means-tested” program that […]

Blended Family Syndrome

Blended families tend to create certain insecurities when it comes to inheritance. The typical estate plan implemented by the parents in a blended family leaves everything to the surviving spouse when the first spouse passes away.  Then, when the second spouse dies, everything left is to go to the children of both spouses in equal […]

How Medicaid Liens Work in Idaho

Medicaid is the program that will provide care for a person who can no longer care for himself.  It will provide a home, food, and other care in an assisted living facility. But the government expects a person to spend all of his own resources before beginning to receive such government assistance.  And as taxpayers, […]

Trusts As Shield Against Creditors?

Many years ago trusts were touted as a way to gain  protection from creditor claims. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you’re a creditor), that is not the case. Judges expect to see a judgment paid if the person against whom the judgment was entered has assets from which it can be paid.  Simply placing the assets […]

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"I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the help you provided on settling my parents' estate. We finally sold their house which closed on Tuesday. . . The transaction went through without a single question. The estate is settled and you are largely responsible for eliminating a great deal of stress. It truly was a pleasure meeting and working with you. Thanks again." (Craig P., Boise, Idaho)