By Lane V. Erickson, Idaho Estate Planning Attorney

As an estate planning and probate attorney, I am often asked questions about the probate process. To help my clients understand probate I have developed a diagram that walks through the steps involved in probate and answers most questions clients have about the process.

Most recently, because of the Coronavirus, the question that I am often asked is how they can go about doing a probate. The reason for this is that in many instances surviving spouses or children are in different areas of the United States and are unable to travel to Idaho.

The good news is that in 2018 Idaho’s courts switched over to the e-filing process. This means that all new cases, including probate cases, can be filed electronically. The result of this is that it makes the process of creating the probate documents, getting the probate documents signed and notarized by everyone, and getting them filed with the court much simpler than ever before.

During the Coronavirus we have assisted many of our clients begin the probate process by filing probate documents with courts in Idaho. We are also able to communicate with many of our clients through telephone or video calls. Additionally, through email correspondence we are able to get documents back and forth to get the signatures, and the notarizing necessary have all the documents needed to begin and complete the probate process.

We offer a free 30-minute consultation to discuss the probate diagram and to go over the probate process with our clients. We do this because we understand that many individuals will have questions about probate, the steps involved, and the things that they need to be doing. We have done numerous free 30-minute consultations through technology.

If you have questions about probate in Idaho, or if you need to do a probate in Idaho, we encourage you to contact us so that we can answer your questions and help you better understand the probate process especially during the Coronavirus pandemic.


If you have any questions about your estate or how to simplify your plans for your family and loved ones, we can help.  Call us toll free at 877-232-6101 or 208-232-6101 for a free consultation with Lane Erickson and the Racine Olson team of Estate Planning attorneys in Pocatello. You can also email Lane Erickson directly at We will answer your questions and will help you solve your Pocatello Estate Planning problems. I have helped numerous clients create their own customized estate plans and I’m confident that I can help you too.

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