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Paula Brown Sinclair

Family Attorney at Twin Falls, ID

4.5   12 reviews

About Paula

Learn Paula’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Family
    55%
    Caring and sensitive advice and representation in all civil family matters including divorce, custody, support, guardianships, adoptions, estate and incapacity planning .

    45 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Probate
    25%
    Cost-effective representation for modest estates under Idaho's Uniform Probate Code.

    42 years, 200 cases

  3. Bankruptcy and debt
    10%
    Aggressive representation of consumer debtors in Chapters 7 and 13

    34 years, 500 cases

  4. Social Security & Disability
    10%
    Appeal of the denial of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income cases.

    39 years, 600 cases

For 40 years I have advised and represented the good people of the Magic Valley area in a wide range of civil matters.  Presently I am accepting few contested cases.  Through my career my priority clients have been Social Security disability appeals and consumer debtor bankruptcy petitions as well as a complete range of family matters including divorce, custody, adoption, guardianship, incapacity and estate planning, and probate. I measure my effectiveness in the improvement I can bring to my clients' lives.

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Licensed for 41 years
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 1981
Updated 11/20/2022

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

Contact Paula

Paula Brown Sinclair
321 Fourth Ave. N.
P.O. Box 2322
Twin Falls, ID, 83301

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Answered my question
Very helpful and straight forward. Great asset!
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Scam
I was considered that I was being scammed so I ask Paula and she set me at ease. She was completely right it was a scam.
Posted by Carol | April 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
a solid choice for finding an attorney
Paula Brown-Sinclair is bright, has solid wisdom and judgment with legal advice you can trust. She had my back as my attorney and advocated for me beautifully. I was going through enough stress without wondering if my attorney was going to do a good job for me. She helped me every step of the way and thinks quick on her feet in making wise decisions. I felt like she worked for me as my attorney like she would for someone she was personally vested in. I recommend Paula to anyone that is serious about their case and is ready to be taken seriously. If you are a jerk don't bother. Paula didn't seem like the kind of attorney that wastes time and money on people who aren't willing to get their act together. If you are willing to follow her advice and care enough about yourself to get serious, Paula is the attorney for you. An attorney is often no better than their client. So if you want an attorney that is going to produce the results you want, be prepared to be the type of client that an excellent attorney wants to represent. Too many people want their attorney to wave a magic wand to cover up the screw ups they make as the client. Paula has a the skills and know how, but she can't turn a jerk into a model citizen.
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Posted by Michelle | April 19, 2015
Excellent
Thank you Paula for being so prompt in your getting back to me. You seem to be very informative and knowledgeable in your field. Thanks again for getting back to me so quickly :)
Posted by terriew1 | April 14, 2015
AVVO Review for Paula Brown Sinclair
Great information, and it also proved true when we went to the Pocatello court-house. She also was very prompt, especially on a Sunday evening. My boyfriend was also very stressed, and her being so prompt, as well as very positive and polite, as well as what proved to be a positive answer in his situation also helped us both to sleep well that night for the first time in a long, long time! It was interesting as well, I am originally from Twin-Falls and it felt good to have someone helping from my home-town- Great matching as well on AVVO's part!
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Posted by Bryan | October 5, 2014
Paula is a great lawyer
Paula was very helpful and professional. She was my attorney and helped me claim my social security disability, because of her knowledge and service I was able to receive my SSDI benefits without having to go to a hearing. I greatly benefitted from all of her knowledge and avoided a stressful hearing. I would definitely recommend Paula.
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Posted by sandy | October 18, 2013
social security attachment?
Thank you sooo much ms.Sinclair..perfect results, I contacted them, worked out a repayment arrangement & I needed just what you told me to decide. Even though they cannot attach my s.sec. check I did not want my bank acct. frozen, I needed to pay this debt and we were in agreement on the monthly amt. Thanks again. Valuable advice I couldn't have afforded to pay for. I appreciate what you do.
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Posted by Allen | July 3, 2013
Job truely appreciated
Paula was a pleasure to work with, she is knowledgeable and explained every step we made in my bankruptcy. She was aggressive with my creditors and meticulous in preparing my case. If you want a lawyer that will go the extra mile for you then she should definitely be considered.
Posted by Jim | March 24, 2013
Elder Law Services
Paula was a terrific help to my parents and I. She helped to establish my conservatorship and guardianship over my parents under Idaho State Law. Paula knew what both I and my family were going through. Her advice and actions were both from the heart and by the book. I highly recommend her for anyone needing an expert in Elder law and elder issues.
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Posted by Taryn | February 19, 2013
Bankruptcy
Ms. Brown Sinclair was wonderful in helping me with my bankruptcy. She was knowledgeable and answered every question that I had. I would recommend her to anyone needing an Attorney. She was prompt in returning phone calls and stayed in contact with me through the entire proceedings.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Gaining user friendly information
Firstly she very abruptly answered another attorney on my timeline vs just answering the question which came across a bit rash. Non the less I asked specifically what papers to bring to modify, to self help but was not answered after I commented back to her. Thanks anyway Avvo.
Response from Paula Sinclair January 30, 2018
Most respectfully, this person has never been a client. I responded publicly to this Avvo Asker by providing the general information that responded to her public question. Apparently she expected individualized advice as to strategy in a specific case, which is not possible-- or professionally ethical-- to provide on the basis of the limited information disclosed.
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Posted by Jj | January 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Possessory liens on a vehicle repairs were done on
Miss Sinclair made a suggestion and I diligently tried to find someone to take the case where to find the right avenue where to file and forms to file her secretary became very hostile when I called and asked if they would consider taking the case even though they were out of the area I knew it would cost extra for that but was very rudely told go away Miss Sinclair text herself saying I was abusing a bow and attorneys that were volunteering their time needless to say I have not been able to remedy my problem yet... I don't recommend her office or her ... I don't know how to answer this next question because it says consultation or hired attorney I didn't get either but I have to pick one to submit this so consultation I guess a week one at that they took no responsibility...
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Response from Paula Sinclair January 4, 2019
Most respectfully, this person is not and has never been a client, and apparently does have unreasonable expectations of the Avvo Q&A forum. I did provide very accurate general information about foreclosing a possessory lien (for which there is no "form" but rather requires a particular kind of legal action) and this person responded by calling my office and demanding a free detailed phone consultation to teach him how to foreclose his lien. I responded by reiterating that nothing short of retaining local counsel would meet his needs and also suggested contacting the Lawyer Referral Service of the Idaho State Bar to locate such an attorney. Then he called again yesterday to report that he has been accused of "grand larceny" and demanded that I undertake representation in his case. He seems to believe I have some obligation to do so. In fact I do not accept cases outside the Twin Falls area, and he is 120 miles away. I did reiterate that he needs local counsel including experienced criminal defense counsel if contacted by law enforcement or charged with a crime. I do understand he is frustrated about accessing legal services and regret that he finds my direct approach "rude," but I am confident that there are attorneys in his area who know how to foreclose a lien and are available to do so.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Sinclair Law Offices
  • 1980 - Present

Education

  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • JD
  • 1980
  • San Jose State University
  • MA
  • 1971
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BS
  • 1968

Legal Cases

  • Doe v. Doe, 149 Idaho 669 (2010)
  • Client's objectives achieved in full.

Associations

  • Twin Falls Community Foundation
  • Founding member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Magic Valley Symphony
  • Publicist/principal horn
  • 1982 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar
  • member
  • 1981 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Idaho State Bar
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Idaho State Bar
  • 1991
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Publications

  • Journal of Air Law and Commerce (SMU)
  • Case Note: Airline Deregulation
  • 1979

Speaking Engagements

  • 5th District Famiy Law CLE
  • Case Law Update
  • 2013
  • 5th District Family Law CLE
  • Case Law Update
  • 2012
  • 5th District Family Law CLE
  • Case Law Update
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (67)
Given (12)
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sinclair provides a much-needed service on Avvo and donates time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Ms. Sinclair is a well-regarded and driven attorney who has provided exceptional legal representation to numerous clients throughout the U.S. With her extensive knowledge, broad experience and impressive professional skills, she is bound to invest her time and energy into achieving the best outcome for each case, regardless of its level of complexity."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paula Sinclair is undoubtedly a top notch attorney who has skillfully mastered her primary area of practice over the course of her professional experience. Her sharp critical thinking and flawless work ethic are perhaps the key qualities which ensured the success of a remarkable number of her cases. I endorse this lawyer and encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to opt for her services."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Sinclair provides consistently solid advice, promptly and clearly."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Respected Attorney in the community. Gives top of the line service."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great contributor to avvo."
Unknown Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Paula. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Other
"I not only endorse this lawyer. I give this lawyer 5 stars!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Sinclair provides her clients with solid legal advice."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Sinclair is one of the most giving lawyers in Avvo history. Her record of providing help to people is beyond elite. Kudos. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As an Idaho attorney who also practices family law, I regularly read the Q&A forums here just to seek out Ms. Sinclair's answers simply to become better educated at my own practice. The fact that I would do so speaks volumes for Ms. Sinclair's knowledge and experience. Her answers are clear and accurate. She's helped make me a better lawyer without even knowing it. I would absolutely make her the first lawyer I'd refer someone to in and around Twin Falls."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For some time now I have had the privilege of reading Ms. Sinclair's answers to questions posted on Avvo. Her answers are thorough, insightful, and especially well reasoned. Ms. Sinclair is a valued member of the Avvo community who is generous in sharing her time and expertise by spending considerable time participating on this site. It is my pleasure to endorse her."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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