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Kent Higgins

Kent Higgins

  • Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, Probate ...
  • Idaho, Utah
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Summary

A personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney, Kent A. Higgins is part of the law firm of Merrill & Merrill. Representing clients in Eastern Idaho, he is admitted to practice in state courts in Utah and Idaho. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, several U.S. Courts of Appeals and the Ute Indian Tribal Court of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation.

Mr. Higgins has over 36 years of experience protecting the rights of the average worker and the injured. In 1979, he graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, then earned his Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School. A talented author, Mr. Higgins has published nine articles in the Advocate and regularly lectures on legal topics. He has designed a probate plan for under-served clientele.

Mr. Higgins is the former president of the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners and served a Commissioner for three years. He is also past president of the Idaho Sixth District Bar Association, and he is a former legislator for the Idaho State House of Representatives.  He has handled some of Idaho’s largest settlements approved by the Idaho Industrial Commission. 

Mr. Higgins represents the City of Inkom, the City of Bancroft and the City of Rockland. He speaks Japanese. His community service and pro bono activity includes membership chairman duties for the Rotary International and membership in the Pocatello Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce. 

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Idaho
Idaho State Bar
ID Number: 3250
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Utah
Utah State Bar
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9th Circuit
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10th Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • Japanese: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
President of the Board of Commissioners
Idaho State Bar
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Commissioner
Idaho State Bar
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President
Idaho Sixth Judicial District Bar Association
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President
Pocatello Estate Planning Council
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House of Representatives
Idaho State Legislature
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Education
Brigham Young University
J.D. (1982) | Law
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Honors: Author and Editor, Journal of Legal Studies
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Brigham Young University
B.A. (1979) | Political Science, English
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Activities: Instructor, Athletics Department
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Awards
Mountain West Superlawyer
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AV Preeminent Rated
Martindale - Hubbell
Mountain West Superlawyer
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Professional Associations
Utah State Bar  # 03720
Member
Current
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Idaho State Bar  # 3025
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
A Fond Farewell and Other Lingering Thoughts; ADVOCATE, Vol 61, No. 6/7, June / July 2018
Idaho State Bar
If You Can't Take the Heat . . . Really?; ADVOCATE, Vol 61, No. 5 May 2018
Idaho State Bar
What is Justice: Substance, Process, or Ideal; ADVOCATE, Vol 61, No. 3/4, March/April 2018
Idaho State Bar
The Spinning Jenny and a Tale of Fear; ADVOCATE, Vol 61, No. 2, February 2018
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What We Have Discovered; ADVOCATE, Vol 61, No. 1, January 2018
Idaho State Bar
Cases Worth Singing About: A Few of My Favorite Things; ADVOCATE, Vol 60, No. 11/12, November / December 2017
Idaho State Bar
The Role of Law in Our Country's Everyday Success; ADVOCATE, Vol 60, No. 10, October 2017
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What do Farmers Know? Lawyer Lessons From the Field; ADVOCATE, Vol 60, No. 9, September 2017
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The Motion in Limine; Probing the Potential of this Powerful Tool, ADVOCATE, Vol 58, No. 2, February 2015
Idaho State Bar
Speaking Engagements
Fiduciary Designations , Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts , Idaho Falls, ID
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Remarks from the Bar President , Admissions Ceremony , Boise, ID
Idaho State Bar
Remarks from the Bar President , Admissions Ceremony , Boise, ID
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Closing Estates , The Probate Process From Start to Finish , Idaho Falls, ID
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Why Probate , The Probate Process From Start to Finish , Idaho Falls, ID
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered

Q. I was hit by girlfriend of a salesman who was leaving the car lot .was she legal to drive a car off the lot?
A: Idaho law requires dealers to have plates on all vehicles owned and operated on any Idaho highway. As the victim of the collision you are entitled to obtain a copy of the police report. The police report will indicate the code section of the violation for which she was cited. Driving without plates will not increase or decrease the girlfriend's liability to you for damage to your vehicle or injury to you. However, if the violation was for a negligent act, e.g. failure to yield, inattentive driving, etc. how she responds to the ticket could be helpful to your situation. For example, if she does not contest the ticket or is convicted of the violation that outcome would be treated as an admission of responsibility for your injuries.
Q. My husband was recently in an accident with a brinks truck . We live in Florida , but the accident happened in Houston
A: Fortunately, you have insurance and one benefit of insurance is the assistance you receive in an incident like this. Your insurance company can deal with the insurance for the Brinks truck though inter-agency arbitration. But in the meantime, if your insurance will fairly cover your loss, you can make arrangements to move forward. Check with your adjuster to assure that their willingness to cover the loss of your vehicle does not assume any inference of liability on your husband's part, nor will it result in an increase of premiums. When your husband gets home, you should contact a local attorney if you have not been fully compensated for the value of your vehicle, or if your husband has any injuries or lost income as a result of the collision.
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Contact & Map
Merrill & Merrill, Chtd
109 North Arthur
Fifth Floor
Pocatello, ID 83201
Telephone: (208) 232-2286
Fax: (208) 232-2499