Idaho Estate Planning - Error in Planning Can Benefit the Ex-Spouse

Picture this -- a frantic call to the family lawyer by a recent widow we’ll call Fran. Fran had just learned that her deceased husband Ed’s life insurance proceeds were going to be paid to his ex-wife Sally. As Ed’s current wife, shouldn’t she, not Sally, be entitled to the life...

Idaho Estate Planning - Your Planning Documents Are a Gift to Your Family

At Pretty Thrifty, an Eagle River consignment shop, owner Christy Carter helps client Bonny Stark unpack a set of hand-painted china. Stark has had it for years and is bringing it in to consign it as she prepares for retirement. "I'm not going to take it to Mexico," she said.Many of Ms. Carter's...

Idaho Estate Planning - Leaving Your Estate to the State of Idaho?

The BBC program “Heir Hunters” has been working with Finders International, a group that traces missing heirs, to find a rightful claimant.Tracing a long lost relative to claim an inheritance can be extremely tricky if no will or other estate planning documents are found.Take Kathleen Hilda...

Idaho Elder Law - Forged Will is Elder Abuse

On April 28, a victim told police that one of their relatives had died and she had found out that a new will had been entered into court two days after the death. The information in the new will differed greatly to the known will. Once the victim got a copy of the will, she said it was obvious...

Idaho Estate Planning - No Such Thing as Too Much Estate Planning

When Craig Evans Carnick accompanied his wife of 46 years to a medical procedure recently, he got a bit of a surprise when he asked a nurse a question about her care. "She ignored me, then asked my wife if it was all right to talk with me," said Carnick, a financial planner in Colorado Springs,...
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