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MSU Extended University to offer estate planning course

September 29, 2016 -- MSU News Service

MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist Marsha Goetting will teach an evening course on estate planning through Extended University. Photo courtesy of MSU Extension.

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BOZEMAN—Montana State University’s Extended University will offer a three-session, non-credit workshop on estate planning this fall.

Wildflower reflections: families, legacies and estate planning will meet from 6:15-8:15 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, in 243 Gaines Hall. Parking on the MSU campus is free after 6 p.m.

The course will be taught by MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist Marsha Goetting, who has presented estate planning programs in 48 Montana communities, reaching 1,378 rural and urban citizens in the last year alone. She has received state, regional and national awards for her programs and has a reputation for her ability to make estate planning interesting by keeping her audience actively involved.

The course will cover who gets property when a person dies without a written will; awareness of how the title on a property impacts who receives it when a person dies; and when a will or a trust has control over an individual’s property and when neither one does. Participants will also discover how to avoid probate fees with payable-on-death designations, transfer-on-death registrations and beneficiary deeds.

Goetting will also highlight a Montana statute that allows people to distribute items that do not have a title; estate planning aspects of common law marriages; and how testamentary trusts can be used to protect minors.

The course is $59 for one person or $99 for two.

Register online at or call MSU Extended University at (406) 994-6683.

Contact: Janine Hansen, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-6683 or