Mark R Petersen

Mark R Petersen

Snake River Law PLLC
  • Estate Planning, Business Law
  • Idaho
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A lifetime Idaho resident, Mark received his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law. After completing his education, hebegan his legal career in private practice, where he gained valuable experience working on a variety of legal issues, including criminal defense, family law,
and personal injury. In 2009, Mark founded Snake River Law, where he continues to practice today. The team at Snake River Law provides niche legal services in estate planning, small business formation and compliance, probate and trust administration, and adoptions.

One of the things that sets Mark and his team apart from other law firms is their commitment to personalized service. They understand
that each client’s situation is unique, and they work closely with their clients to develop tailored legal strategies that are designed to meet their
specific needs. If you’re looking for a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney in Idaho, look no further than Mark R Petersen and Snake River Law. Whether you need help with estate planning, creating a new business, or expanding your family through adoption, Mark and his team have the expertise and experience you need to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

On a personal note, my:
-Favorite quote: “Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny” (David O.McKay)
-Top 3 podcasts / books: The Attractor Factor (Joe Vitale); Wheel of Time Series (Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson); How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
-Something people must deal with in estate planning and business that I want to fix: Create estate plans that enable clients to responsibly transfer wealth to their families while eliminating theneed for court proceedings.
-My job at Snake River Law: I help clients create effective estate plans to ensure their assets are transferred correctly without court interference. I also help business develop solid legal structure to protect their liability shield.

Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa and Mastercard
  • Contingent Fees
    On Personal Injury Cases Only
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Flat Fee Billing On Most Matters
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Snake River Law PLLC
- Current
Associate Attorney
M Brent Morgan Chartered
Staff Attorney
Sixth District - Judge Peter McDermott
Idaho Attorney General - Department of Water Resources
University of Idaho College of Law
J.D. | Law
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Brigham Young University
B.S. | Environmental Science
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Professional Associations
Idaho State Bar
- Current
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Sixth District Citizen's Law Academy
Committee Member
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Idaho DUI Defense
Idaho Divorce Help
Snake River Law PLLC
Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered
Q. I have a property in idaho that I bought 16 years ago. Prior it was owned by another family for at least 40 years.
A: Idaho law recognizes fences that have been the boundary of adjoining properties for a long period of time as the property line. To establish fence line and property ownership there must be a (1) disputed boundary, (2) uncertainty or ignorance of the true boundary line, (3) and an agreement establishing a boundary that is recognized between the parties.

Payment of property taxes is not required.

The property line agreement may be established by direct evidence, or it can be inferred from the conduct of the parties or their predecessors. This can include long acquiescence in an existing fence line where adjoining landowners treated the fence as the boundary.
Q. Should I obtain a lawyer in Ca. or Idaho ?
A: If the Trust's location is Idaho and the funds were embezzled in Idaho, then it is likely you can pursue the case in Idaho. Idaho's "long arm statute" (the law that allows you to serve a non-resident) would determine if he can be served in California.

Determination of jurisdiction and the ability to serve an out of state resident with a Summons can be tricky. As a result, I would highly suggest you meet with an attorney and review the facts to make a final determination if jurisdiction is in Idaho.
Q. My ex has our house from the divorce in April 2018. My name is still on the mortgage. He has started remodeling.
A: It will depend on the language in your decree of divorce. If the decree of divorce gives the property to him outright then he would have the right to remodel the home because it is now his property. If he is required to refinance the home and clear your name off the property, he probably should wait to remodel until after completing the refinance. However, if the decree has not specific language that prohibits his use of the home, then he most likely does not need your consent to remodel.
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Contact & Map
1156 East Center
Pocatello, ID 83201
Telephone: (208) 406-9885