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Idaho Falls Estate Planning and Probate Attorneys

For decades, our Idaho Falls Estate Planning Lawyers have assisted clients in Idaho Falls and the surrounding areas and have helped them solve their Estate Planning and Probate problems. Our experienced Estate Planning Attorneys in the Idaho Falls area are able to help you with your Estate Planning concerns about how to plan for your future and provide for your loved ones. Additionally, if you have a loved one that has recently passed away, our Idaho Falls Probate Lawyers can guide you through the probate process. We represent individuals in Idaho Falls from all walks of life and have. helped numerous clients create a customized Estate Plan to protect them, provide for their family and loved ones and to meet their unique needs for generations to come. When a loved one passes away our Probate Attorneys in Idaho Falls also help complete the probate process including distributing property while at the same time working to protect and maintain family relationships.

Our Probate Lawyers and our Estate Planning Attorneys in Idaho Falls include a team of partners Randy Budge and Lane Erickson and attorneys Nathan Palmer and Dave Bagley. The members of our team have individually received the highest ratings from Martindale and Hubbell, AVVO and Justia for their legal ability and ethics as Estate Planning lawyers. We have the experience and the skill to help you complete your customized Estate Plan or to assist you and your family with your Probate.

Customized Estate Planning

The one sure thing about life is that we are all going to pass away. Death is unavoidable. While we understand this, none of us know when we or our loved ones will die. We can, however, have peace of mind in knowing that we have completed a proper and thorough Estate Plan. Our Estate Planning Lawyers represent individuals and families in Idaho Falls and can help you solve your Estate Planning problems.

Estate Planning isn’t just about giving away your money and property. While these things are important, a complete Estate Plan can do much more to help you plan for your own future and protect you individually while you are alive. Disability or mental incapacity such as dementia can come in the form of a stroke, Alzheimer’s, or some other injury or illness. Having a complete Estate Plan insures that you have named a person through a Power of Attorney who will take care of you and will handle and make decisions for you about your finances, property, health care, businesses, and other areas of your life if you can no longer do these for yourself. Without a complete Estate Plan, which includes a Durable Power of Attorney, your family could be forced to have a judge decide in Court who your guardian will be.

Families with parents that have small children are in the group of individuals that have the most urgent need to complete their Estate Planning. This is because if the parents die a completed Estate Plan ensures that the person the parent’s choose will be named as the Guardian of their minor children. Without a completed Estate Plan, when parents of small children die, the courts are forced to decide who will be the legal guardians of their children will be. This means that if family members disagree about who should be named as guardian, a family fight or disagreement can arise that could be ugly, and destroy family relationships. These court proceedings are also often expensive.

The goal of our Estate Planning Attorneys who provided services in Idaho Falls is to eliminate the likelihood of families fighting over money, property or who should be named as the guardians of minor children. Additionally, we can help you save money. Our experienced Idaho Falls Estate Planning lawyers can guide you past these potential problems through your customize Estate Plan.

A Complete Idaho Estate Plan

We know that every person’s life and circumstances are unique. With this knowledge, we have come to know that every person should have a complete Estate Plan to carry out their wishes and to protect themselves while they are alive, and their loved ones after they die.

A basic Estate Plan is made up of several documents including a last will and testament, a durable power of attorney, a living will, and a durable power of attorney for health care. We also guide parents that have small children in the naming of a guardian, and in the creation of a trust for minor children so that all minor children will be protected and cared for. For some individuals a living trust or a series of trusts are created by our Idaho Falls Estate Planning Attorneys as part of the succession planning for farm, ranch or businesses that are owned by our clients. Finally, completing a customized Estate Plan also provides information and instructions about a person’s life insurance, bank accounts, and retirement accounts to their loved ones.

Idaho Probate

Because death is unavoidable, as part of completing an Estate Plan, we encourage every client to consider how probate may affect them and their property after they die. In Idaho the probate process is usually simple and straight forward. Probate is the legal process filed in Court that authorizes a person to be names as a Personal Representative. The Personal Representative then has legal authority to take care of the deceased person’s debts, creditors and distribute property under the instructions written in a person’s last will and testament. Without a written last will and testament the laws of intestacy automatically distribute the deceased person’s property, but usually in a way that is different from what the person would have wanted.

In Idaho probate is required under several circumstances which include when a deceased person owned a home, or other real property. A written and recorded deed establishes who the title owner of real property in Idaho is. When a person is alive they have the ability to sign and give a written deed in order to sell or give away real property. However, when a person dies there is no longer any person who has the legal authority to do this. Probate provides a legal way for another person to be appointed who has the proper legal authority to transfer property to others.

There are other circumstances where a probate may be necessary in Idaho. Idaho law requires a probate when an estate has property of any sort in it worth $100,000 or more regardless of whether real property is included.

Enlist an Idaho Estate Planning and Probate Attorney to Help You

Our experienced Estate Planning Attorneys at the Racine Law Office can help you and your family with your Idaho Estate Plan or with a Probate. Whether you are seeking your own customized Estate Plan or are in need of a Probate for a loved one who has passed, we are available to discuss your options and answer your questions at an initial free consultation. Call us toll free at 877-232-6101 or 208-232-6101 for a free consultation with the Racine Olson team of Estate Planning attorneys in Idaho. You can also email us directly at We will answer your Idaho Estate Planning and Probate questions and will help you solve your Idaho Estate Planning and Probate problems.

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