Wyoming Probate, Trusts, and Estate Planning

Wyoming Probate, Trust, and Estate Planning Attorneys

Are your assets tied up in complicated financial instruments?
Wondering whether you should draft a will or a trust?
Are you a beneficiary and feel like you are being cheated?

Reach out to the probate and estate lawyers in our Burg Simpson Wyoming at 307-527-7891 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form so we can represent you when drafting your will or addressing an estate dispute.

Our Probate, Trusts, and Estate Planning Lawyers Can Handle Legal Issues such as:

Will and trust validity
Will and trust contests
Beneficiary disputes
Contested heirship
Mental capacity and undue influence
Guardianship disputes
Contested powers of attorney
Creditor claims
Breach of fiduciary duty and investment claims
Basics of Estate Planning and Probate

Wyoming Probate, Trusts, and Estate Planning Attorneys

Legally speaking, probate is nothing more than the act or process of proving a will. Of course, the reality is more complicated than that and involves a court, a judge, and lawyers. There are three different types of probate in Wyoming, including:

  • Informal Probate: Most of the state’s probate proceedings fall into this category. Estates that do not have any disputes among heirs or creditors can typically be resolved this way.
  • Unsupervised Formal Probate: This court proceeding requires a judge to approve some of the executor’s actions, such as the sale of real property, asset distribution or settling attorney’s fees. This process is needed when there are disagreements among relevant parties.
  • Supervised Formal Probate: In more complicated – or hotly contested – estates, supervised formal probate is required. This simply means that the court must oversee and authorize every step of the probate process.

Estate planning, on the other hand, is the process of planning for and organizing the distribution of one’s assets upon death or permanent incapacitation. Additionally, such planning often takes place with an eye toward minimizing any tax implications and, if possible, avoiding probate altogether.

The most common financial instruments used in estate planning are:

  • Wills: This is the estate tool everyone’s heard of and the easiest for directing the distribution of an estate. It takes effect upon the testator’s death and must go through probate.
  • Trusts: Trusts are a lot like wills, but take effect as soon as it is signed and allows the estate to avoid probate, which is public and often costly.
  • Advance directives: These are additional documents used to communicate the wishes of the testator in the event of their incapacitation. These can include a healthcare proxy, durable power of attorney, and a living will.

The team in our Burg Simpson Wyoming office is recognized by US News and World Report as among the best law firms in America for this type of work with an excellent reputation when it comes to fighting for our clients’ best interests. Managing conflict in estate and probate disputes is what we do best, including those between family members and involving third parties, such as banks and other corporations. We represent clients in trust and estate litigation matters in and out of the courtroom including civil and appeals courts.

Burg Simpson’s Wyoming living trust lawyers represent beneficiaries and fiduciaries involved in the administration of a trust or the probate of an estate, especially those that are disputed or involving substantial amounts of money. Contact us today by calling 307-527-7891 or by filling out a Free Case Evaluation Form right now.

How Does Wyoming Handle Your Estate?

In Wyoming, not every estate has to go through probate. Generally speaking, if an estate’s value is less than $200,000, it is classified as a “small estate”, and can avoid probate altogether.

Among larger estates, there are certain types of assets that are exempt from probate, as well. Instead, these assets transfer upon the owner’s death automatically. These can include:

  • Joint tenancy assets: These are assets tied to two parties so that when one joint tenant dies, the survivor immediately assumes ownership. This is referred to as the “right of survivorship”.
  • Beneficiary designations: Retirement accounts and life insurance policies include provisions for named beneficiaries. Upon the policy owner’s death, these beneficiaries are entitled to the account’s assets or policy proceeds.
  • Payable on death accounts: Bank accounts provide for designated beneficiaries, too, which allows the transfer of assets upon the account holder’s death.

There is so much more to planning for your loved ones than buying a life insurance policy. Do not put your family’s financial security at risk. Speak with a Burg Simpson Wyoming trust and estate attorney by calling 307-527-7891 today.

Burg Simpson Wyoming Can Help Secure Your Future

If you are struggling to get your estate plan organized or if you are caught up in a dispute involving a loved one’s estate and you believe your rights have been violated, a Burg Simpson estate attorney can help. Get in touch with our Wyoming attorneys as soon as possible at 307-527-7891 today or fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form HERE.

January firm-wide e-news

 January 17, 2020

Burg Simpson E-News: January 2020

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 January 14, 2020

When Colorado Insurance Companies Get Special Breaks from the Courts

When Colorado Insurance Companies Get Special Breaks from the Courts In a recent Colorado law journal article, Burg Simpson lawyers Ron Sandgrund and Leslie Tuft question why Colorado insurance companies are still getting special breaks from the courts when those insurers mislead their insureds or fail to explain adequately why they are denying an insurance… Read more »

 January 8, 2020

5280 Magazine Names Denver’s Top Lawyers of the Year!

5280 Magazine Names Denver’s Top Lawyers of the Year!  Denver’s Top Lawyers 2020  is 5280 Magazine’s sixth annual list of the best attorneys in the region. The 5280 editors invited attorneys in the seven-county metro area to vote for the peers they respect most in 50 legal practice areas. Survey responses in hand, the 5280 team… Read more »

 January 7, 2020

The Burg Simpson Scholarship Essays Must Be Submitted by February 1st

THE BURG SIMPSON SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING! The 1,500-word Burg Simpson Scholarship Essays Must Be Submitted by February 1st For the past several years, Burg Simpson has awarded college scholarships to the graduating high school seniors who won our essay competition regarding the importance of the civil jury system and how it is being… Read more »

VIDEO: Michael Burg Interviewed on Ring of Fire TV

 April 1, 2013

VIDEO: Michael Burg Interviewed on Ring of Fire TV

Burg Simpson’s Michael S. Burg is one of America’s leading lawyers when it comes to representing individuals injured by dangerous and defective medications. In this interview Michael talks to Ring of Fire T.V. host Mike Papantonio about immunity afforded to the makers of generic pharmaceutical drugs and the role of the FDA.

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