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UW Extension releases series on estate planning


A bulletin in the estate planning series offered by University of Wyoming Extension

A bulletin in the estate planning series offered by University of Wyoming Extension

Estate planning is something many avoid. Talking with loved ones and others about death and dying, inheritance and things like durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives can be uncomfortable and daunting.

“Many people believe that estate planning is for the elderly or the wealthy or is not something they want to discuss because it focuses on decisions that can be difficult,” said Cole Ehmke, personal finance specialist with University of Wyoming Extension. “But no one knows what the future holds, so a plan is something everyone should have – particularly those who will leave dependents behind.”

UW Extension has published an 11-bulletin series titled Planning Ahead, Difficult Decisions to help citizens understand the decisions and legal requirements.

Ehmke and a team of UW Extension specialists, along with an estate planning expert, are confident the series will help anyone develop an estate plan and also help those who must carry out the plan of someone else.

“Some of the bulletins are written to help people get started on planning and consider their options,” Ehmke noted. “Some are on topics that aren’t easy to find information on, especially specific information to Wyoming, such as the steps in probating a will.”

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UW Extension webinar explains how to avoid Wyoming probate


Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

The probate process is slow and can be costly, yet many people do not know how to avoid the process.

To help, UW Extension is offering  “Avoiding Wyoming Probate” during its estate planning webinar series. The webinar is 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, andpresented by attorney Aaron Lyttle of Long Reimer and Winegar.

“Probate can be a complicated, expensive and time-consuming process,” said Bill Taylor, UW Extension educator. “Aaron will share insight on what the process is and describe ways to avoid it, including Wyoming’s new transfer on death deed.”

A few minutes before start time, go to then watch and listen to the webinar using Microsoft Lync.

For more information and to watch prior webinars in extension’s estate planning series, go to

Sugar beet diseases, drought, wolves topics at WESTI Ag Days in Worland

Barton Stam visits with a producer during last year's WESTI Ag Days.

Barton Stam visits with a producer during last year’s WESTI Ag Days.

Sugar beet diseases, drought risk management, wolves do’s and don’ts for landowners and pesticide application certification sessions are among 34 concurrent sessions at Wyoming Extension’s Strategically and Technologically Informative (WESTI) Ag Days in Worland Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 5-6.

Registration begins both mornings at 8:30 at the Worland Community Center Complex at 1200 Culbertson Ave. Sessions are 9:15-noon and1:15 -3:45 p.m. Tuesday and 9:15 a.m. to noon Wednesday. A rangeland healthassessment panel discussion is 1:15-3 p.m.

Lunch is provided both days. Sponsored by the Big Horn Basin Ag Ambassadors, the schedule is at

Other sessions include trends in local food marketing, estate planning, quick dinners from the garden, range nutrition, raised bedgardening, weed control in sainfoin, high tunnels and members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol will present “Commercial vehicles and agricultural operations.”