Elder Law Services in Meridian, Idaho

The attorneys, paralegals and staff at Murphy Law Office, PLLC have the experience to successfully help you and your family develop a customized estate plan. Elder Law Services include wills, trusts, power of attorney, probate, guardianship and conservatorship. Your comprehensive estate plan will fit your individual needs.
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Estate Planning

We have the experience to successfully help you and your family develop a customized estate plan regardless of which time in life you begin planning. Many factors come into play when making an estate plan including end-of-life planning, protection of assets, care and support of minor children and special needs loved ones. We will work diligently with you to develop a plan that best represents your desires and intent regarding your end-of-life decisions and distribution and transferring of your assets.

Wills & Trusts
A Will is a legal document detailing your final wishes as to how you want your assets to be distributed upon your death and naming the person you would like to act as your personal representative (the person who will actively carry out the terms of your will). A Will also allows you to name a legal guardian for minor children. A testamentary trust can be created within a will to benefit minor children, special needs family members and even pets. Testamentary trusts can also be used to safeguard assets and to distribute assets to persons under customized terms as determined by you. Wills and testamentary trusts are not valid until after death. Other types of trusts, such as a Living Trust can be created and managed before death. When assets are transferred to a living trust, the trust becomes the owner of those assets and the trustee can distribute and manage the assets as directed in the language of the trust.

Power of Attorney and Living Will
A power of attorney allows you to appoint an agent to make decisions and act on your behalf regarding financial transactions, real estate transactions, or other specified matters. A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare allows you to appoint an agent to make health care decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so due to disability or incapacity. A Living Will allows you to make choices and instruct your agent (appointed in your Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare), family and medical professionals on how you wish to deal with life-sustaining medical procedures in the event you are unable to give the instructions yourself.

Probate is the judicial process of appointing a personal representative and distributing a person’s assets after death. The individual set of circumstances in each case will be used to determine if probate is needed. Factors such as the value of assets, whether the deceased owned real property and whether the deceased had a valid will must be reviewed. The probate process can be very long and taxing, but it does not have to be with effective counsel. We have significant experience handling probate matters, both contested and uncontested and we are confident that we can assist you in completing the probate process quickly and efficiently.

Guardianship and Conservatorship
Taking on the responsibility of decision making and caring for a family member or loved one who is unable to care for themselves is extremely stressful. We can help you navigate the judicial process of obtaining a guardianship and/or conservatorship and give you peace of mind so you can focus on caring for your loved one.
In a guardianship action the court will appoint a person or an entity to make decisions regarding the incapacitated or protected person’s welfare, healthcare, living arrangements, etc. In a conservatorship action the court will appoint a person or an entity to make decisions regarding the incapacitated or protected person’s assets.
We have extensive experience assisting clients with obtaining guardianships and conservatorships for their aging family members, persons with brain injuries and mental health issues and for developmentally delayed individuals and minor children. We are adept at dealing with individuals with mental health issues and personality disorders. We have a wonderful working relationship with many reputable individuals and professionals in the community and are very familiar with local resources and professionals to assist you. We are confident in our ability to assist you in finding an appropriate match should a professional guardian and/or conservator be required.

Our attorneys have the knowledge and years of experience to efficiently and quickly counsel you through the entire estate planning process. Contact us today for comprehensive estate planning in Idaho and Arizona.