Wyoming: Every Legal, Medical, and Estate Planning Document You Need

Here's a complete guide to every critical medical, legal, and estate planning document and relevant state law for Wyoming. Download these forms and get started with Pillar to organize all of your most important documents in one safe, secure, easy-to-use online storage solution

February 2, 2021

Planning for the future is the best way to make the medical and estate process as easy as possible — for you and your loved ones. To help you get the process started, we created this comprehensive  guide to all the most important medical, legal, and estate planning documents you need to know about if you live in the Cowboy State.

Here’s your complete guide to Wyoming's state laws, forms, and essential documents.

Essential Wyoming Medical State Laws & Forms

How to Get Your Medical Records in Wyoming

Wyoming state law requires that doctors and healthcare providers must retain medical records for at least 10 years from the last visit or treatment. 

Patients can also request access to their records under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The authorization should be in writing, signed and dated, specify what can be revealed, and make known the person to whom the patient's health care information is to be disclosed.

To get a form of your medical records, fill out this release form and your request for medical records must be copied and made available to you in ten (10) business days.

Learn more about your rights when it comes to your medical records

Wyoming Advanced Directive forms & Laws

An advance directive is a legal document that allows you to provide orders for a wide variety of health care decisions and appoint an official to make those decisions for you if you are unable or unable to do so yourself. It typically includes the following documents to help you communicate your decisions:

  • Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare
  • Living Will

Download both the health care directive and the durable power of attorney for health care here.

How to Become an Organ Donor in Wyoming

Residents of Wyoming who are at least 18 years of age can register to become an organ, eye, and tissue donor when you get or renew your driver license or state ID, or at Donate Life Wyoming.

Essential Wyoming Legal and Estate Planning Documents & Forms

How to Set Up a Will in Wyoming

You must sign or accept your will in front of two witnesses for a will to be valid in Wyoming, and those witnesses must sign your will. Your witnesses also can’t stand to inherit. While you don't need a notary to make your will legal, a notary will only allow you to "self-prove" your will.

Wyoming Trusts Laws

A "living trust" is a trust that you build while you're alive. The Trust Law of Wyoming is versatile and allows several trusts. There are several forms that a "living trust" from Wyoming can take. When caring for your family afterwards, you will build a trust to provide throughout your lifetime. They can be used to reduce taxes, secretly own assets, secure assets, and more.

Learn how to create a living trust in Wyoming and learn the biggest differences between a will and a trust

Wyoming Probate and Tax Laws

In general, "probate" refers to the court-supervised method of transferring property legally from a deceased person to a living person. Under the Wyoming Probate Code, property owned in an individual's sole name will usually be passed to his or her heirs. However, the estate must first satisfy the final debts, expenditures, and tax liabilities of the individual.

Wyoming provides a streamlined probate, or “short affidavit” procedure for smaller estates. After liens and encumbrances are subtracted, the worth of the entire estate cannot be greater than $200,000 to apply for the affidavit phase.

To arrange a short affidavit, heirs must state that they are entitled to a certain estate, signed under oath. They release the asset when the individual or organization keeping the property receives the affidavit and a copy of the death certificate. It is important to file the affidavit with a county clerk, and there is a 30-day waiting period.

Wyoming Estate and Inheritance Tax Laws and Rates 

Wyoming does not have an inheritance tax or estate tax. However, if you inherit property from another state, the state may have an applicable estate or inheritance tax. On behalf of the deceased, you would still definitely have to file any taxes such as the federal estate task. In addition, the federal estate tax applies if the inheritance is large enough.

Wyoming Digital Estate Planning Laws

Digital estate planning is regarded as outlining what happens to your "digital property". This consists of

  • Email accounts
  • Domain names
  • Social media accounts
  • Shopping accounts and stored payment information
  • Photo sharing accounts
  • Online storage accounts
  • Any information stored electronically (cloud or device)

Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (RUFADAA) was drafted, and the bill provides a framework for all fiduciaries when addressing matters of digital assets in an estate. Furthermore, it provides tiers of how the deceased may provide that consent. To know more, check out the SF0034 Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.

How to Get a Death Certificate in Wyoming? 

Death certificates in Wyoming are issued by the Vital Statistics Services, an office established by the Wyoming Department of Health. Section 35-1-418 of the Wyoming Statutes Annotated mandates that a death certificate be submitted within three days of death or the date on which the individual is discovered.

The ‘search fee’ for a death certificate is $10 and includes one approved copy of the death certificate. Every additional copy of the ordered certificate is $10.

If the date of death is unknown, a searching fee of $13 for every five years searched is charged, which includes either a certified copy or verification of the record if one is found.

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