New Associate Attorney - Auriana Clapp-Younggren
Auriana Clapp-Younggren has been hired by the law firm of Sandra L. Clapp & Associates, P.A. as an Associate Attorney. Her primary practice areas will
include probate matters and drafting wills and trusts. Before joining
Sandra L. Clapp & Associates, P.A., Ms. Clapp-Younggren was a Legal Intern
at the University of Idaho Legal Aid Clinic, where she assisted
underprivileged clients in a class-action lawsuit, probate, landlord-tenant,
and divorce matters. Ms. Clapp-Younggren was awarded the Spirit of the
Clinic award for her efforts with the Clinic. Ms. Clapp-Younggren was also
a Legal Intern for Gjording Fouser, PLLC, where she worked in a wide variety
of civil defense practice areas. Ms. Clapp-Younggren interned at the Idaho
Supreme Court in the Domestic Violence and Family Court Services divisions.
Ms. Clapp-Younggren received her Juris Doctorate degree for the University
of Idaho College of Law in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts and her
Bachelor of Science degrees from the College of Idaho in 2011.
Sandra L. Clapp Quoted in CNBC Article
Attorney Sandra L. Clapp, of Sandra L. Clapp & Associates is quoted in the CNBC article The 5 Biggest Estate-Planning Blunders by Shelly Schwartz.
"Estate-planning blunders are costly and common. Any number of oversights can leave you vulnerable in the event you become incapacitated. Others can seriously compromise the amount your heirs will inherit when you die" reports Schwartz.
The five biggest estate-planning blunders:
- Picking poorly
- Leaving your IRA to your estate
- Forgetting to update beneficiaries
- Failing to sign a health-care directive
- Leaving a living trust unfunded
Schwartz goes on to quote Sandra L. Clapp and others regarding the importance of estate-planning.
"I could tell you horror story after horror story," said estate-planning attorney Sandra Clapp, of Sandra L. Clapp & Associates in Eagle, Idaho. One of her clients, she said, made the critical mistake of giving his girlfriend partial control of his assets during his lifetime.
Unbeknownst to him, she had promptly transferred ownership of a significant portion of his estate to herself. The man's will named his children as beneficiaries, but there was little left to distribute when he died. Once it's discovered, it's usually too late if the assets are already spent or transferred out of jurisdiction," Clapp said.
"If you don't create an estate plan, you're letting the courts decide how to divide your assets, which may not reflect your wishes." -Sandra Clapp, estate-planning attorney, Sandra L. Clapp & Associates
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New Staff Member - Christa Smith
Christa Smith was hired in August 2010 as our Office Receptionist. Her prior work experience includes management of pool activities at the Boise Family YMCA. She also holds a degree in medical transcription. She is a devoted mother of six children and is married to Adam Smith.
2010 Repeal of the Federal Estate Tax
Effective January 1, 2010, the federal estate tax and generation skipping transfer (GST) tax are repealed for the year 2010 unless congress enacts further changes. If no further changes are adopted, the federal estate and GST tax will return on January 1, 2011, with a $1,000,000 estate tax exemption (which is significantly reduced from the $3,500,000 exemption that was in effect in 2009). It is unknown if congress will attempt to adopt retroactive changes to the estate tax or if retroactive estate tax imposition would be found to be unconstitutional. Each state may continue to have a separate estate or inheritance tax, although Idaho has not adopted such laws.
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Mountain States Lawyers Magazine
Selects Sandra L. Clapp
SuperLawyer in Idaho for 2009
Sandra L. Clapp has been named by Mountain States Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Idaho for 2009. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers.
The selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn. Each year, Law & Politics undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics’ attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.
Law & Politics publishes Super Lawyers magazines across the country. In addition to the magazines, Law & Politics publishes newspaper inserts and magazine special sections devoted to Super Lawyers. In 2009, Super Lawyers will reach more than 13 million readers.
Super Lawyers was first published in Minnesota in 1991. William White, attorney and founding publisher, remains the publisher today. Law & Politics is owned by attorney Vance Opperman, the former president of West Publishing.
Super Lawyers can be found online at superlawyers.com, where lawyers can be searched by practice area and location.