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UW Extension Releases Series on Estate Planning

November 26, 2013

University of Wyoming Extension has published an 11-bulletin series titled “Planning Ahead, Difficult Decisions” to help citizens understand the decisions and legal requirements of estate planning.

“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,” says Cole Ehmke, personal finance specialist with UW Extension. “But no one knows what the future holds, so a plan is something everyone should have -- particularly those who will leave dependents behind.”   

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 someone else’s plan.

The bulletins are not intended to provide legal or financial advice, but rather to give readers a more informed understanding of issues they may want to discuss with family members, the executors of their wills (whether family members or someone else) and estate planning professionals, Ehmke says.

The bulletins are available for free download by going to and clicking on Publications on the left side of the page. Type “Ehmke” in the Search Publications box.

Hard copies can be picked up for free at UW Extension offices across Wyoming. Addresses are available at

Hard copies also can be ordered for $3 per individual bulletin or $25 for the entire 11-bulletin series. To order, email or click on the title of one of the bulletins on the Web page and then click on Request Copy.

For more information about the bulletins, contact Ehmke at or 307-766-3782.

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