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Peter C. Sisson

Peter C. Sisson

Practice areas:

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate, Power Of Attorney, Guardianship

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About Me

Peter C. Sisson is the managing attorney in the Boise law firm Sisson & Sisson. He has been a practicing lawyer since 1988, in Boise, Idaho since 1992. His law firm emphasizes a holistic and comprehensive legal practice approach to the issues seniors face as they age called Life Care Planning. Life Care Planning anticipates and provides legal and care advocacy services to the firm’s clients as their circumstances and health care needs change. The firm establishes long-standing relationships with clients and families so that on-going services are provided with continuity. The firm is committed to helping clients and their families navigate the long-term and health care system and advocate for good care during their loved one's journey through the elder care continuum. Pete’s law practice also includes: Medicaid and estate planning, guardianships, conservatorships, special needs trust planning and probate work.

Pete is a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the area of Elder Law. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Boise Estate Planning Council, a founding member of The Better Way Coalition (an organization devoted to improving end of life caring in Idaho) and the Idaho State Bar Section on Taxation, Probate, and Trust Law.

He has in the past served on or currently serves on the board of directors for numerous local organizations including: the Idaho chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, SunHealth Behavioral Systems (a psychiatric hospital), The Better Way Coalition, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.

He is licensed to practice law in Idaho, California and Montana. He received his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, graduating Order of the Coif, an honor awarded to those who are in the top 10% of their law school class.

Pete regularly publishes educational articles and lectures on the legal, financial and health issues experienced by families who are dealing with a spouse or parent’s long-term care needs. He has presented to a variety of groups including: AARP, the Governor's Conference on Aging, Idaho Roundtable (financial professionals), The Idaho Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, The Idaho Society of CPAs, A Better Way Coalition, Idaho Alzheimer's Association, Stand By You (Area Agency on Aging and Idaho Commission on Aging joint project), Boise Estate Planning Council, Treasure Valley Estate Planning Council, University of Idaho's Cooperative Extension System, the Idaho Young President's Organization and various support groups. He also has presented numerous continuing education courses for health, legal and financial professionals.

Pete lives in Boise with his wife and law partner, Rosalie. They have two daughters, Allie and Mimi, two dogs, and one cat.

Pete feels incredibly lucky to be able to assist seniors and their families as his life’s work. He thoroughly enjoys and very much appreciates the dedicated team he works with at Sisson & Sisson.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Elder Law: 80%
    22 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 10%
    22 years, 500 cases
  3. Trusts: 5%
    22 years, 250 cases
  4. Power Of Attorney: 2%
    22 years, 2 thousand cases
  5. Other: 3%
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Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Eric Brian Swartz

    I endorse this lawyer. I, personally, have hired Pete, to counsel my clients on trust-based management of larger recoveries that I was able to obtain on their behalves. If I get a larger recovery for one of my clients, I do not send send them home without having Pete speak to them first about how to manage their financial future.

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    Eric Swartz Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Matthew Scott Crider

    Pete is an accomplished attorney with a level of professionalism, responsiveness and balanced approach to the practice of law that clients deserve.

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    Matthew Crider Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Sisson & Sisson, The Elder Law Firm, PLLC

2402 W. Jefferson Street
Boise, ID, 83702

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
IDAuthorized to practice law199308/12/2015
MTInactive199607/16/2015
CAInactive198808/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Veteran's Administration Accredited AttorneyVeteran's Administration2008
Certified Elder Law AttorneyNational Elder Law Foundation2006
Carnahan ScholarshipWashington University School of Law1988
National Moot Court ParticipantMoot Court1988
David Baron ScholarshipWashington University School of Law1987
Regional Moot Court ChampionMoot Court1987
Am Jur Award Legal ProfessionsWashington University School of Law1987
Law Review Associate EditorJournal of Urban and Contemporary Law1986
Am Jur Award Commercial PaperWashington University School of Law1986
Honor Scholar AwardWashington University School of Law1986
Dean's ScholarshipWashington University School of Law1986
Order of the BarristersOrder of the Barristers1985
Order of the CoifOrder of the Coif1985

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner/CEOThe Care Management Team, LLC2010 - Present
Managing AttorneySisson & Sisson, The Elder Law Firm, PLLC1992 - Present
Public DefenderSan Diego County Public Defender's Office1989 - 1991
Associate AttorneyPillsbury Madison & Sutro1988 - 1989

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Idaho End of Life CoalitionPresident-Elect2010 - 2011
Trusts and Estates Professionals, IncChairman, Medicaid Subcommittee2010 - Present
Mountain States Super LawyerSuper Lawyer2010 - Present
Veteran's Claims CourtMember2008 - Present
Life Care Planning Law Firms AssociationVice President2008 - 2009
National Elder Law FoundationCertified Elder Law Attorney2006 - Present
Life Care Planning Law Firms AssociationBoard Member2006 - 2010
SunHealth Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.Community Liaison Board Member2006 - 2006
Treasure Valley Estate Planning AssociationMember2005 - 2005
Idaho End of Life CoalitionBoard of Directors2004 - Present
Boise Estate Planning Associationmember2004 - Present
Ada County Board of Community GuardiansBoard Member2004 - Present
A Better Way CoalitionBoard Member2004 - 2006
Greater Idaho Alzheimer's AssociationBoard Member2003 - 2005
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2002 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysAttorney Member2000 - Present
American Inns of CourtMember1998 - 1999
Montana State BarMember1996 - Present
Idaho State BarMember1993 - Present
Idaho State BarAttorney Member1992 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1988 - Present
9th Circuit Court of AppealsMember1988 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In re: Estate of George PerryClient prevailed at the magistrate level, over the State of Idaho, Department of Health and Welfare. The Department appealed and the District Court affirmed March, 2011. Now on appeal to Idaho Supreme Court.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
44 Idaho Law Review 481 (2008)Life Care Planning, The Comprehensive Elder Law Approach to Planning for the Chronic Care Needs of Seniors2008
Idaho State Bar Family Law HandbookAsset and income Protection When One Spouse Enters Long-Term Care2007
Congressman Mike Simpson Senior NewsletterThe Medicaid program And Your Long-Term Care Expenses2004
Greater Alzheimer's Association NewsletterFirst Legal Steps to Consider When Faced With Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia2003
Hard Times, Legal Aid Services QuarterlyPaying for Long-Term Care Expenses: The Power of Medicaid Planning2003

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Tulane University, LouisianaEnglishB.A.1982

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Idaho State Bar Family Law Section ConferenceElder Care Planning as a Viable Alternative to Divorce2010
Planning for the GenerationsLife Care Planning2009
Planning for Retirement and Long-Term CarePlanning for Long-Term Care Expenses2009
Life Care Planning for the Elderly Client: Fundamentals and PracticeLife Care Planning2009
Idaho State Bar Annual Convention21 Elder Law Topics of Interest to All Lawyers2009
Estate Planning and Recovery for Elderly ClientsEstate Recovery2008
Mental Health and The LawLegal Capacity Issues2007
Estate, Financial and Health Care Planning for Elder ClientsAsset Protection Planning for Seniors and Their Families2007
Annual Conferences 2007-2009Life Care Planning practice2007
49th Annual Idaho State Tax InstituteHow Professionals Can Help Their Senior Clients Comprehensively Plan for Chronic Care Needs2007
Medicaid and Elder Law Planning in Light of DRA 2005Medicaid DRA Changes2006
Idaho Trusts and EstatesIdaho Elder Law2006
Elder Law Perspectives on Counseling Senior ClientsRecent Changes in Federal Medicaid Law2006
Advanced Estate PlanningMedicaid Planning2006
Elder Law EssentialsElder Law Essentials in Idaho: From Estate Planning to Estate Recovery2004