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Posted: Mar 11, 2010  19:24

Attorney Announces Opening Of North Idaho Law Office


March 11, 2010

Brian W. Woods announces the March 22, 2010 opening of a law office in downtown Bonners Ferry. "I am pleased to announce the formal opening of a North Idaho office," said Mr. Woods. "I am excited to be living in North Idaho and look forward to serving the people here for many years to come." Mr. Woods relocated to North Idaho from Kansas nearly two years ago with his family. His wife, Michelle, is in her second year teaching kindergarten at Evergreen Elementary in Moyie Springs, Idaho. Michelle and Brian are the proud parents of three middle school aged children. "It has been a smooth transition for us," said Mr. Woods. "We have easily adjusted to living in this beautiful part of the world. In addition to the scenery and many outdoor recreational opportunities, we have really felt welcomed by the people here. North Idaho is a wonderful place with lots of friendly, nice people."

When asked why he is only now opening an office, Mr. Woods replied that "I have an estate planning and business practice in Kansas that I kept when we moved here. I've slowly been reducing my law practice there so I could work here. I will continue to have a Kansas office, just a smaller Kansas practice. I've been slowly eliminating work there to free up time for an Idaho practice."

Mr. Woods received undergraduate degrees magna cum laude in accounting and business administration. After college, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for two years with a large public accounting firm. He received his law degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He served on law review and graduated from Duke with high honors. After law school, Mr. Woods served as a law clerk to a Federal District Court Judge, a prestigious honor. He is admitted to the bar in three states, Idaho, Missouri and Kansas.

Mr. Woods has practiced law for fifteen years. He worked for two large law firms in Kansas City, Missouri before opening his law practice in his wife's hometown, Hesston, Kansas (which is north of Wichita, Kansas). "Most of my work the past ten years has been in the areas of estate planning, corporate and tax law. I have done throughout Kansas and plan on doing throughout North Idaho a lot of estate planning and elder law work for clients. My work in estate planning has ranged from the simple to the very complex. In addition to simple wills and other basic estate planning documents, I have done a lot of work involving complicated and sophisticated estate planning techniques (e.g., generation skipping trusts, long-term beneficiary controlled trusts, asset protection trusts, charitable trusts, medicaid trusts, etc.). I have also done a lot of work involving corporate structuring, business and tax law."

So, why did he and his family choose to relocate to North Idaho? "That's an easy question to answer," said Mr. Woods. "My wife and I both love the outdoors. I enjoy fishing and hunting, hiking, skiing and mountain biking. A lot of the things we love to do are just not possible in Kansas. We simply always wanted to live in the inland Northwest United States and we wanted a smaller town to raise our children. We enjoyed living in Kansas, and we still have family there, but we wanted our kids to grow up in the Northwest United States and think of this area as their home. " "After several years of vacationing and looking, we settled on Bonners Ferry because of its friendly people and wonderful surroundings. A small town girl, my wife wanted to live and rear the children in a smaller, close-knit community. Bonners Ferry met both of our needs. We have easily adjusted to this beautiful part of the world. We are looking forward to raising our children, working and retiring here."

Mr. Woods' office is located at 6418 Kootenai Street in the American Legion building in downtown Bonners Ferry. His office number is 267-4455, toll free 800-560-3888.

He plans to be open regular business hours Monday through Thursday.


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