Here's a complete guide to every critical medical, legal, and estate planning document and relevant state law for Idaho. Download these forms and get started with Pillar to organize all of your most important documents in one safe, secure, easy-to-use online storage solution
February 2, 2021
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Doctors in Idaho are required to retain medical records for 10 years from the final treatment or visit, making it one of the longest medical record retention requirements in the country (behind Massachusetts). Other records, like clinical and laboratory test records and reports, are required by Idaho state law to be stored for 5 years after tests are done.
Medical records are considered confidential and protected by a combination of federal and state laws. Idaho laws governing the use and maintenance of certain medical records, including who has access to these records and mandatory reporting requirements for suspicion of child abuse.
Idaho allows residents to write down their wishes, values, and preferences for future healthcare decisions. An advanced directive also allows you to choose who you want to communicate your healthcare decisions with if you are unable to do so yourself.
Please contact your healthcare provider for more information about advanced directive paperwork for Idaho:
Register your documents online with the Idaho Health Care Directive Registry at:
The organ registry at Idaho state is meant to facilitate, coordinate, educate, honor and advocate for donors and donor families so that no one on the waiting list dies or is limited from the lack of a life-saving organ or tissue. You can register to become an organ donor at Yes Idaho.
In Idaho death records are maintained in an online database. You can request a death certificate at the Idaho Health and Welfare website.
Probate is the court-supervised process through which a deceased person’s estate is transferred to their heirs. This applies to all estates in Idaho — even ones with a legal will. All probate cases in Idaho must remain open for at least 6 months, but probate can go on for longer. The typical legal fees and costs of probate in Idaho ranges between $2,000 - $2,500.
Learn more about the legal framework of probate in Idaho here, and discover how setting up a trust can protect your assets from the probate process.
This section provides basic tips and information to help one begin their estate planning and information for consulting with an estate attorney. Here are some of the most important laws and forms for planning your estate:
A will is generally the most convenient and effective way to arrange for the distribution of property after death. Here's how to set up a will.
A living trust document is a method of holding property in a fiduciary relationship for the benefit of the named beneficiaries. The trustee manages the property for the benefit of beneficiaries, according to the terms of the trust document.
Idaho does not have an estate or inheritance tax. If someone you love has recently died, and you have been named beneficiary in a Will or Trust, or if you are an heir of someone who died without a will or trust, or if you have been named as an executor of a will, you can use the links below to find out what you will need to inherit or settle an estate or trust, including:
You must file individual income tax returns with Idaho if you are any of the following:
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