Partner Timothy O. Beppler recently completed a 40-hour basic mediation training workshop provided by Utah Dispute Resolution. Tim is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and has extensive experience with trust and estate administration issues. He plans to offer facilitative and evaluative mediation services to Wyoming and Utah families who find themselves involved in trust and estate conflicts. According to Beppler, “the mediation process is well suited to assist families in resolving trust and estate conflicts, while preserving relationships through better communication and collaboration.”
Tim joins Partner Farrah L. Spencer in an expansion of the mediation services provided by Long Reimer Winegar Beppler. Ms. Spencer also received mediation training from Utah Dispute Resolution, and is an experienced mediator of family law disputes.
Farrah L. Spencer and Monica J. Vozakis recently co-authored an article entitled “Collaborative Law 101″ which appeared in Volume 29, No. 6 of the Utah Bar Journal. To read the article Click Here.
The ACTEC Family Estate Planning Guide provides essential information to help families protect their financial interests. They have launched the first two in a series of YouTube video briefs created to offer the public insight into the fundamentals of wills and trusts.
Long Reimer Winegar Beppler’s Jackson, Wyoming office was recently featured in the 2016 issue of Homestead Magazine’s Resource Directory under the title “Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP’s Legal Real Estate Expertise.”
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LRWB is proud to announce that partner Farrah L. Spencer has achieved the high honor of being elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). AAML is a national organization of approximately 1,600 lawyers elected to membership who are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law. Academy Fellows possess a high level of professionalism, knowledge, skill, and integrity. Ms. Spencer is one of two AAML Fellows in the State of Wyoming. Ms. Spencer practices family law in Wyoming and Utah.
The regional law firm of Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP (LRWB) is pleased to announce that it has named Farrah L. Spencer, of Park City, Utah, as a new partner.
Ms. Spencer joined LRWB as an associate in September, 2009, and assisted in establishing the firm’s office in Park City, Utah. She focuses her practice in the area of family law and mediation, but also practices in the areas of estate and business planning. Ms. Spencer received a B.A. from the University of Wyoming in 1999, and her law degree from the University of Wyoming School of Law in 2002. She is licensed to practice law in both Wyoming and Utah.
Ms. Spencer is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Uinta County Bar Association (Wyoming) and the Park City Bar Association (Utah). She has maintained her roots in Wyoming by serving for many years as the Town Attorney for the Town of Mountain View, Wyoming. Ms. Spencer has shown her dedication to the Park City community through her civic involvement. She is a past member of the Summit County Fair Board and is currently serving on the Board of PC Tots. She is a Member of the Park City Sunrise Rotary Club and the Park City Community Foundation Women’s Giving Fund. Ms. Spencer was a member of Leadership Park City Class XIX.
LRWB is proud to announce that partner Christopher M. Reimer has achieved the high distinction of being elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ACTEC is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Its members work to teach those who aspire to enter the field and to improve and reform laws, procedure and standards while working with their peers and other professional organizations. Mr. Reimer is one of seven ACTEC Fellows in the State of Wyoming (two of which are LRWB partners Thomas N. Long and Timothy O. Beppler).
Farrah Spencer, who practices family law in both Utah and Wyoming, observed that Utah’s statutory standardized parenting plans provided a great outline for divorcing parents to establish a detailed parenting plan and a detailed plan for courts to order if parents are unable to agree on a different plan. Utah’s parenting plans, based on developmental research, not only help divorcing families save limited resources and reduce conflict related to parenting time, but also gives courts the resources to order a detailed plan. Farrah felt that Wyoming families deserved the same and wanted to encourage Wyoming to adopt a similar standardized plan.
Farrah and Monica co-authored an article that was published in the December issue of the Wyoming Lawyer with the hopes to begin the discussion about statutory standardized parenting plans in Wyoming so that Wyoming families could have the same resources as those given to families in other states, such as Utah. Farrah and Monica would like to continue to advance this cause by assisting in drafting legislation to introduce standardized parenting plans in Wyoming.
Cheyenne attorney, Aaron Lyttle, received a Pro Bono Award from the Wyoming State Bar at the State Bar Annual Convention and Judicial Conference in Gillette on September 12, 2013.
Lyttle assisted in freeing Andrew Johnson who was wrongfully incarcerated for over 20 years and has recently been exonerated as a result of DNA testing which established that the DNA evidence collected from rape victim was that of another man.
Aaron Lyttle Champions Post-Conviction DNA Testing That May Clear Man Of Decades-Old Rape Conviction
March 21st, 2013
Aaron Lyttle has been an Associate attorney in the Cheyenne Office of LRWB since his graduation from the University of Wyoming College of Law. During law school, Aaron became involved with the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center. More specifically, as a student intern he took up the case of Andrew J. Johnson. Mr. Johnson was convicted in 1989 for first-degree sexual assault and battery and sentenced to life in prison (under Wyoming’s then habitual offender statute). At the time of his conviction, DNA technology did not exist as it does today.
After graduating law school and joining LRWB, the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center engaged Aaron in regards to the continued pro bono representation of Mr. Johnson, to which Aaron graciously agreed. On February 8, 2013, in response to Aaron’s motion, Mr. Johnson became the first inmate in Wyoming history to get approval for post-conviction DNA testing. The initial results are in and they show that the DNA from the sexual assault kit in 1989 DOES NOT match Mr. Johnson.
While the legal process for Mr. Johnson still must clear a few hurdles, congratulations to Aaron Lyttle and the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center for their efforts.
A new local organization of attorneys, accountants, and other financial professionals has provided free comprehensive estate planning for Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) volunteers. Members of the Wyoming chapter of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) developed the project as an opportunity to express their appreciation for the risks TCSAR volunteers take every day. Members of STEP, generally the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates, met with TCSAR volunteers and their families to discuss the benefits of creating an estate plan and determine each parties’ individual needs. They prepared drafts of wills and other estate planning documents, answered questions, and provided estate planning legal advice.
The project culminates Tuesday, February 26th, at 6:30 pm in the TCSAR offices. A group of STEP professionals will meet with the interested TCSAR volunteers and their families on Tuesday night to make final revisions and fully execute the estate planning documents. Christopher M. Reimer, an attorney in Jackson and Chairman of STEP Wyoming, indicated that STEP will continue to provide pro bono estate planning services and be available to all TCSAR volunteers, as needed.
STEP members assist families plan their long term financial future, facilitating good stewardship and financial planning across further generations. STEP members also help families comply with the often complex tax rules surrounding trusts, estates, and inheritance.
LRWB Partner Chris Reimer Selected to Speak at STEP Pacific Rim Conference
Jackson, WY – May 2012 – Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher Reimer, Partner, has been selected to speak at the 5th Annual STEP Pacific Rim Conference scheduled for May 3 and 4, 2012. This annual event is a highly-regarded trusts and estates conference where Mr. Reimer will have the opportunity to present with practitioners from around the world.
Mr. Reimer will speak on a panel with Christopher Sly and Juan Carlos Guerrero regarding the topic “Ownership and Management of a Family Business: Succession Planning with Family Members Resident in Various Jurisdictions.” The topic will be co-chaired by G. Warren Whitaker and Lawrence H. Heller.
The STEP Pacific Rim Conference is held annually in Santa Monica, California at Shutters on the Beach. Attendees travel from both domestic and international locations to compare ideas and brush up on the latest developments in estate planning.
The event is planned annually by the STEP Los Angeles Branch, which is part of the larger organization of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). STEP is the leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related issues. STEP members help families plan their long term financial future, facilitating good stewardship and financial planning across future generations.
LRWB Announces Monica Vozakis as New Associate
May 1, 2012
Evanston, WY – May 1, 2012 – Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP is pleased to announce that Monica Vozakis has joined the firm as an Associate. Ms. Vozakis will work full-time with LRWB out of both the Evanston, WY and the Park City, UT offices.
Ms. Vozakis is looking forward to growing with the firm, stating that the position provided her with “an excellent opportunity to work with very talented attorneys who are not only leaders in their respective legal fields but are also leaders in their communities. I look forward to providing quality estate planning and business services to the people of Wyoming and Utah.”
In 2008, she graduated at the top of her class with honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law becoming a member of the Order of the Coif. During her time at UW Law, Ms. Vozakis was very active with the Wyoming Law Review, serving as managing editor, staff member, and author of a case note. In addition, she was a highly successful participant in the regional client counseling competition.
Prior to joining LRWB, Ms. Vozakis completed judicial clerkships for both Judge Gregory Orme and Judge Michele Christiansen of the Utah Court of Appeals. She is licensed to practice in both Wyoming and Utah.
LRWB Announces Plans to Move Jackson Office
Jackson, WY – April 2012 – Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP is excited to announce that the Jackson office will be moving to a new location.
The new office will accommodate the growing Jackson practice group which now has five attorneys and five staff members. Attorneys in the Jackson office include Christopher Reimer, Erika Nash, Matt Confer, Amy Staehr, and Tina Martinez.
The new office is located in the Pearl at Jackson building located at 270 West Pearl in Suite 103. The need for more room presented an exciting opportunity to get involved with the momentum and energy taking place in downtown Jackson. Much of this exciting transformation originated through the recent construction of Pearl at Jackson as well as the rejuvenation and addition of businesses surrounding the new space.
Pearl at Jackson is a mixed-use development constructed according to environmental guidelines that focus on conservation and efficiency. The building was named as the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified mixed-use building in the Town of Jackson, obtaining Silver LEED Certification in 2010.
The new office space is being customized to fit the needs of the firm and will provide ample work space and meeting area to serve LRWB’s Jackson area clientele.
LRWB Announces Promotion of Erika M. Nash to Partner
April 1, 2012
Jackson, WY – April 1, 2012 – Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP is excited to announce that Erika M. Nash has accepted LRWB’s invitation to become a partner of the firm.
The partners’ decision to offer partnership to Erika was made based on her exemplary performance, solid experience prior to joining the firm and her outstanding ability to generate new clients for the firm.
Ms. Nash focuses her practice in the areas of Civil Litigation with an emphasis on Real Estate, Construction, Employment and Corporate Litigation, as well as Business Law, Banking/Corporate Law, Real Estate, and Family, Labor and Employment Law.
In addition to her commendable work as an attorney, Ms. Nash has shown her dedication to Jackson Hole and the State of Wyoming with her civic involvement. Ms. Nash is currently serving as President of the Teton County Bar Association, having previously served as Treasurer for three years. Ms. Nash also serves on the Wyoming State Bar’s Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes, has served on the Women’s Law Forum Committee, and is assisting in the establishment of the Teton County Access to Justice Center. Ms. Nash also volunteers at a community radio station as a disc jockey.
Ms. Nash is a 2005 honors graduate from the University of Wyoming College of Law. She is presently admitted to practice before the Wyoming State Bar, the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Wyoming and the U.S. District Court of Wyoming. Ms. Nash’s practice is based in LRWB’s Jackson office.