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3 Things You Should Think About When Hiring an Idaho Estate Planning Lawyer

Idaho estate planning should really be about you, your unique circumstances, and your own specific needs. However, it is impossible to separate the estate planning attorney that helps you when you are obtaining your Idaho estate plan, from how the documents you receive will work for you. It is self-evident that if you get a high-quality attorney you will likely get high quality estate planning documents.

For over 70 years our team of Idaho estate planning lawyers has assisted each client in creating their own personalized estate plan. Through our knowledge and experience we are able to provide estate planning that meets the specific and individual needs of each our clients rather than using a cookie cutter approach. Our team of Idaho estate planning attorneys is made up of partners Randy Budge and Lane Erickson and attorneys Nate Palmer and Dave Bagley.

Our Idaho estate planning team has been around for some time. This alone is not enough to qualify us to be considered one of the premier estate planning firms in Idaho. Rather, we consider our knowledge, experience, and the quality of our estate planning documents to evidence the high quality of both our attorneys and of the estate plans they produced for each individual client. If you are considering getting your estate planning done in Idaho here are three things that you should think about when hiring a lawyer to help you with your estate plan.

1. Does the Attorney Have Experience

The first and most important thing that you should ask yourself is "Does the attorney I'm meeting with have experience in Idaho estate planning?" Idaho is not a highly populated state. There are many more rural areas in Idaho than there are big cities. As a result, there are many attorneys that practice by themselves or in small firms. This does not necessarily make them bad attorneys. However, we often find that attorneys in this situation attempt to practice in many areas of the law all at the same time to meet the needs of their clients. This means you may have a rural attorney who is working on a criminal case, and on real estate issues, and on agricultural or water issue, who also tries to do estate planning. The problem with this is that there is no attorney who can be great at every area of the law. It's simply too large and there is too much information to keep up on for an individual to be considered a premier attorney.

At the Racine firm, our Idaho estate planning team focuses on estate planning. The members of our team have decades of experience creating estate planning documents for clients, as well as reading and understanding estate planning statutes, and keeping up with recent federal and state cases that change or develop estate planning law. By having an estate planning team of attorneys we can also assure our clients that if any member of our team is unavailable the other attorneys on our team who are equally qualified and skilled can meet their needs at any time.

Our experience spans over 70 years. Our team includes four highly experienced and very knowledgeable lawyers, as well as staff who support them. We meet regularly as a team to discuss changes in estate planning law. More importantly, we work as a team to assure that the needs of our individual clients are met.

2. Does the Attorney Offer Flat Fee Prices

As you are looking for an Idaho estate planning attorney to help you the next question you should ask is "Does the attorney I'm looking at offer flat fee prices?" Our team of estate planning attorneys provides to each prospective client a Confidential Estate Planning Questionnaire. We then provide a consultation to review the Questionnaire with each client to make sure we understand the unique circumstances of each individual we meet with. At the end of this meeting we provide a suggestion of the estate planning documents our client may need based on their particular circumstances.

During this consultation we also do our best to educate our clients as much as possible about the options available to them. We help them understand what each estate planning document can do for them and how it will provide protection for them during their life and give them the ability to distribute their property, assets, and money to their loved ones in a way that they choose after they die. Most importantly, we provide a flat fee price at this time so that our clients will know exactly what the cost of obtaining a customized estate plan will be for them.

We then encourage our clients to take the time they need to decide whether they would like our team to help them complete their Idaho estate plan. We do not use any hard-sale tactics. We believe that our knowledge, experience and skill speak for themselves.

3. Has the Attorney Received Good Reviews From Other Clients

The final question that you should ask yourself as you are looking for an Idaho estate planning attorney is whether the attorney you are thinking of using has received good reviews from other clients. We treat each of our clients with respect and care and we provide to them the highest quality estate planning products possible. Because of this, each of the attorneys on our Idaho estate planning team have received the highest reviews possible from previous clients, and from the judges they work with and the other attorneys that they deal with. These reviews can be found online for each of the attorneys on our team on the Martindale & Hubbell, Justia, and AVVO websites.

The philosophy of our team of Idaho estate planning lawyers is that if our clients walk away feeling dissatisfied we have failed. We count on the fact that our clients have confidence not only to return to us when they need help, but also to refer their family and friends to us for their estate planning needs. We are confident that we can help you too.

Enlist an Idaho Estate Planning and Probate Attorney to Help You

Our experienced Estate Planning team of attorneys can help you and your family with your Idaho estate plan or with your probate needs. 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 consultation. Call us toll free at 877.232.6101 or 208.232.6101 for a consultation with the Racine Olson team. You can also email us directly at We will answer your questions and will help you solve your Idaho Estate Planning and Probate problems.

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