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Mark E Wight

About me

Mark moved his family to Idaho in 1987 and has worked in private practice ever since. While his practice has always included wills, trusts and probate work, it was in 2001 that Mark focused his practice entirely on estate planning. Mark has co-authored several manuals for attorneys and has regularly taught attorneys and other professionals on the subjects of estate and legacy planning as well as asset protection and tax planning. Mark is also a frequent lecturer to financial professionals and insurance agents on the same topics.


Mark has also been involved with volunteer work for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) program, representing the guardians ad litem who are appointed by the Court to represent abused or neglected children. Mark received the CASA Attorney of the Year Award in 2006. He also earned the Denise O’Donnell-Day, Pro Bono Award in 2003, for fifteen years of service in the CASA program. He has also served as a member of the Alzheimer's Idaho Board of Directors since 2010.


Mark is active with the Boys Scouts of America. He and his wife JoAnn reside in Meridian and have six children and four grandchildren. 


Languages spoken: French, English

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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 60%
  2. Estate Planning: 40%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Lincoln David Strawhun

    I endorse this lawyer. Mark has incredible experience and a great track record of success in helping his clients. He has the utmost respect from his fellow lawyers in the community.


    Lincoln Strawhun Administrative Law Attorney
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  • John Robert Holliman

    Mark is a remarkable person and brilliant lawyer. He is a very creative thinker and innovator. He translates these skills directly to helping his clients. I 100% endorse him for all of his practice areas. I would send my own mother or grandmother to him without hesitation.


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Contact info


IDAuthorized to practice law198811/12/2015
UTAdministrative - Not authorized to practice198510/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Veterans Administration Accredited AttorneyVeterans Administration2013
Veterans Administration Accredited AttorneyVeterans Administration2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Veterans Administration Accredited AttorneyVeterans Administration2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Veterans Administration Accredited AttorneyVeterans Adminisration2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Attorney of the YearCourt Appointed Special Advocates2006
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
BV Rated 1988-1998Martindale-Hubbell1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/PresidentIdaho Estate Planning2001 - Present
Attorney/PresidentLaw Office of Mark Wight1994 - 2001
AttorneyOrndorff, Peterson & Hawley1988 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
ElderCounselMember2010 - Present
Senior Resource Network of IdahoPresident2010 - Present
Alzheimer's IdahoMember, Board of Directors2010 - Present
WealthCounselMember2003 - Present
Idaho State Bar, Taxation, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember1990 - Present
Idaho State BarMember1988 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarDrafting Basic Estate Planning Documents2010
National Business Institute SeminarMeet the Special Needs of Your Elderly Client Using Living Trusts as an Estate Planning Tool2008
National Business Institute SeminarEstate Planning Basics2006
National Business Institute SeminarHow To Draft Wills and Trusts in Idaho2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Utah State UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Medicaid and Elder Law: Representing Clients in a New Legal LandscapeTrust Use In Medicaid & Elder Law2013
CE SeminarBasic Estate Planning2013
2013 IGFA Annual EventVA Aid & Attendance2013
SRNI PresentationMedicare Issues2012
Seminar WorkshopVA Aid & Attendance2012
NAIFA SeminarEstate Planning2012
NAIFA SeminarWorking Together to Protect Our Older Clients2012
CE SeminarEstate Planning & Advance Directives POA, POST2012
CE SeminarWills & Revocable Living Trusts2012
CE SeminarBasic Estate Planning & Intestate Succession2012
CE SeminarTop Ten Reasons for Estate Planning2012
Drafting Basic Estate Planning DocumentsPlanning For Unmarried and Remarried Couples2010
Estate Planning and Recovery for Elderly ClientsMeet the Special Needs of Your Elderly Client Using Living Trusts as an Estate Planning Tool2008
Estate Planning BasicsEstate Planning Basics2006
How to Draft Wills and Trusts in IdahoBasic Tax Considerations2005
How to Draft Wills and Trusts in IdahoUsing Living Trusts as an Estate Planning Tool2005
How to Draft Wills and Trusts in IdahoTrusts VS. Will - Advantages and Disadvantages2005