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William F Nichols

Estate planning Attorney at Nampa, ID

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 37 years
    Oregon - OR 43 years
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State ID
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Estate planning for modest estates. This can include wills, trusts, general powers of attorney, gifting and other methods.

    44 years

  2. Government
    Representation of cities and other local governments.

    44 years

  3. Probate

    44 years

  4. Business
    Business entity formation, including corporations and limited liability companies. Services include maintenance of entity status, shareholder disputes, sales of stock, and sales and purchases of existing businesses.

    44 years

  5. Real estate
    All aspects of real estate practice including purchase and sale of property, seller financing, leases, evictions, foreclosures, construction liens, and real property litigation.

    44 years


William F Nichols
5700 E Franklin Rd #200
Nampa, ID, 83687

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Posted by Tracy | November 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I highly recommend this man! He was very helpful after my grandma passed away to help my mom and I with everything we needed to do to get her estate taken care of.. thank you Bill Nichols
Posted by Jon | November 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Council
We contacted White-Peterson looking for help with a family trust and wills. We knew from the moment we met Mr. Nichols that this was going to be a good experience. Mr. Nichols obviously possesses a wealth of legal knowledge and has an ability to translate it into easy to understand terms. His likeable personality and easygoing attitude makes it easy to work with him and ask questions. We are very happy that we went with White-Peterson and Mr. Nichols. We highly recommend his services!
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Posted by Edward | December 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Estate Planning Attorney
My wife and I recently updated our wills with the help of Bill Nichols. He was wise and helpful, and we are very pleased with the entire process. Very professional.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2014
Advice for Real Estate Purchase, Community Property Matters, and Trusts
We engaged Atty Nichols in order to obtain an opinion about the purchase of a property located in Idaho by a trustee. We needed information regarding the ownership by the trust, payment of various expenses, leasing requirements, use of a mortgage, and proper indemnification, all within the context of the community property statutes of Idaho. We had a very short time frame within which to work. Atty Nichols responded exceedingly promptly. He provided accurate, concise answers, and explained the impact of each of these issues on community property law. He also drafted a document to protect the trust. When additional facts came to light that changed the circumstances surrounding the purchase, Atty Nichols again responded very promptly and explained how to address the matter. He also provided additional advice regarding potential future issues which we had not considered. We especially appreciated his foresight in addressing these matters. An attorney who can take the time on short notice to provide extensive advice to a new client is unique. An attorney who can make what appears to be a very complex issue clearly understandable by communicating at the client's level of understanding is rarer still. We hightly recommend Attorney Nichols. We expect to engage his services again when we take the next step in the process to create an protective entity within the trust for holding the real estate.
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2013
wonderful experience
My mother has needed help with her finances and overall well-being for many years. She let me know that she was ready to let me help her by going to see a lawyer to create a general durable power of attorney, a living will and durable power of attorney for healthcare, HIPAA paperwork, authorization to release financial information and living will and testament. My aunt had recommended me to William Nichols. So, I contacted his law office and was able to quickly receive answers and make an appointment. It is key to work with people that would make my mother feel comfortable with such a large step in her life. William and his team were extremely friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Also, they directed all questions directly to her in a calm, sincere and clear manner, which I think let her understand that she was in charge of the process. I am finally able to help my mother, communicate with her doctors and take care of her finances. Also, we have sorted out ahead of time answers to questions that would be hard to take care of later on in life. I am very grateful for this and I would recommend William Nichols to anyone.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • White, Peterson, Gigray, Rossman & Nichols, P.A.
  • 1999 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Stunz, Fonda, Nichols, Kiyuna & Horton
  • 1980 - 1999


  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD
  • 1980
  • Linfield College
  • BA
  • 1977


  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Association of Idaho Cities Legislative Committee
  • Legal Technical Analysis Team member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Idaho Municipal Attorneys, Inc.
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Real Property Section
  • Past Chair 2004-2005
  • 2000 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Professionalism Award
  • Idaho State Bar
  • 2010
  • President's Award for Outstanding Service
  • Idaho Municipal Attorneys
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Basics of the Probate Process
  • Closing the Estate
  • 2017
  • Lunch and Ethics - Caldwell
  • Ethics
  • 2015
  • FDCPA and Collecting the Judgment
  • Asset Discovery
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
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Unknown Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Nichols without reservation. After reviewing his many thoughtful contributions to Avvo, it is apparent that he is very knowledgeable about the law and does a superlative job analyzing legal issues."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill Nichols is a man of integrity with many years of experience in the legal arena. I call him when I have Estate Planning questions. He is pleasant to work with and I fully endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I appreciate Mr. Nichols' thoughtful and prompt responses to inquiries in this online community, especially regarding estate planning and probate matters."
General practice Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Bill on a number of matters, particularly in relation to government law and real estate law matters. His counsel is always greatly valued due to his experience and practical approaches to using the law in a common sense manner to assist clients with their concerns."
Estate planning
Estate planning
State, local, and municipal law