Charlene K. Quade, attorney, specializes in Special Needs Trust Planning, Trust Administration, and Estate Planning for persons with disabilities and their families. She established C.K. Quade Law, PLLC in 2006, and her practice includes: Conservatorship, Guardianship, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Social Security Disability, Special Education Law, Special Needs Trusts, and Supplemental Needs Trusts. A founding board member, she continues as a member of the Idaho Guardianship and Fiduciary Association, serves as a board member of the Trust Estate Professionals of Idaho, and is a member of the Idaho State Bar Taxation, Probate and Trust Law Section.

Charlene has over 30 years of personal and professional experience in the area of helping persons with disabilities and their families. A lifelong advocate for and mother of an adult with Williams Syndrome, Charlene holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and has worked as a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (QMRP). In the past, she served as chair of the Interagency Early Childhood Intervention Committee (Mankato, MN), co-chair of the Parent Special Education Advisory Council (Wayzata, MN), and Regional Director (MN, WI, ND, SD) for the Williams Syndrome Association of Detroit, MI. She has authored numerous articles on childhood disability issues and lectures around the state on estate planning and disability matters; most recently presenting Legal Advocacy and Planning For Life After 18!

Areas of Practice:

Conservatorship and Guardianship
Disability and Elder Law
Estate Planning
Medicaid Eligibility
Miller Trusts
Social Security Disability
Special Education
Special Needs Trusts
Supplemental Needs Trusts

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota, 2003-2006
U.S. District Courts, District of Idaho
Supreme Court of the State of Idaho


Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN, 2003
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

Mankato State University, Mankato MN, 1991
Bachelors of Science, Social Work

Arrowhead Community College, Hibbing, MN, 1983
Associate of Arts, Business Administration

Published Works:

A Crystal Clear IDEA: The Court Confounds the Clarity of Rowley and Confronts Congressional Intent, 23 Hamline J. Pub. L & Pol’y 37 (Fall 2001).

Cited in:

– CRS Report RL33444, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA0: Supreme Court Decisions, by Nancy Lee Jones

– Articles, Notes and Commentary, 32 J.L. & Educ. 281 (April 2003).

– Stepping Back Through The Looking Glass: Real Conversations With Real Disputants About Institutionalized Mediation And Its Value, 19 Ohio St.J. on Disp. Resol. 573 (2004).

– Bargaining and Distribution in Special Education, 14 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 171 (Summer 2005).

– Rowley Comes Home To Roost: Judicial Review of Autism Special Education Disputes, 9 U.C. Davis J. Juv. L. & Pol’y 217 (Summer 2005).

– Making Sense Of The Inclusion Debate Under IDEA, 2006 B.Y.U. Educ. & L.J. 189.

– The Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act: Changing What Constitutes An “Appropriate” Education, 20 J.L. & Health 139 (2007).

– Affirmative Life and Planning for the Future of a Loved One with a Disability, Fifty-Plus Living (April 2005).

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Affirmative Life Planning

Estate Planning Basics

Legal Advocacy and Planning For Life After 18!

Special Needs Trusts and Ensuring Quality of Life!

The Art of Collaboration in Education of Children with Special Needs: Multiple Perspectives, Parent, Lawyer, and Professional

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Idaho State Bar Association

Taxation, Probate and Trust Law Section
Idaho State Bar Association

Trust Estate Professionals of Idaho (TEPI)
Board Member

Idaho Guardian and Fiduciary Association (IGFA)
Member & Past Board Member

Idaho Families of Adults with disAbilities (IFAD)

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

Kiwanis Club of Capital City

C K Quade Law, PLLC
600 Riverpark Lane, Suite 215
Boise, Idaho 83706
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1756 Boise, Idaho 83701
Telephone: (208) 367-0723 Facsimile: (208) 639-6400

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