Jake Brooks is an estate planning, transactional, and business attorney in Buffalo, Wyoming, serving clients in Northeast Wyoming, including the communities of Buffalo, Sheridan, and Gillette.
Attorney Jake Brooks has been practicing law in Wyoming since 2005. Jake grew up in Buffalo, Wyoming, and was a 1997 graduate of Buffalo High School. Following high school, Jake earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in English, with a minor in history, from Chadron State College. Jake then attended the University of Wyoming College of Law where he graduated with honors in 2005. While in law school, Jake was a comment editor for the Wyoming Law Review, participated in the school’s legal services clinic, and served as a teaching assistant for legal writing and appellate advocacy. Prior to joining The Wages Group, Jake worked with large law firms in Sheridan and Cheyenne, gaining experience in a wide range of practice areas and in handling complex legal matters and transactions.
Jake Brooks currently focuses on estate planning and administration, guardianships and conservatorships, business and corporate law, real estate, and transactional work.
Jake frequently presents on estate planning issues to community groups, attorneys, and financial professionals, and has written on the topic of technology and estate planning.
In addition to his private civil practice, Jake also works in the juvenile court system in Johnson and Sheridan Counties, representing indigent or low-income parents who are involved in juvenile court cases. Jake also has served as a guardian ad litem in juvenile court cases, representing the best interests of children who are the victims of abuse or neglect, and serves as guardian and conservator for people in Johnson and Sheridan counties.
- University of Wyoming, J.D. (with honors), 2005
- Chadron State College, summa cum laude, B.A. (English/History, 2002)
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
- 2015 Pro Bono Award for Community Service (Wyoming State Bar)
- Board Member, Compass Center for Families (2016-present)
- Board Member, Jim Gatchell Museum Association (2016-present)
- Rotary (2014-present)
- Southeast Wyoming Estate Planning Council (2013-2015)
- Wyoming State Bar Fee Dispute Committee (2012-2013)
Children’s Justice Project Parent Representation Sub-Committee (2011-2013)
- Board Member/President, Sheridan Heritage Center (2010-2013)
- Berry v. Tessman, 170 P. 3d 1243 (Wyo. 2007)
- Frenzel v. State of Wyoming, Department of Family Services, 154P. 3d 349 (Wyo. 2007)
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS
- Estate Planning Q&A — Grandparents Raising Grandchildren-Sheridan Senior Center (2017).
- Wyoming’s New Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Law — Sheridan County Bar (2016).
- Estate Planning in the Cloud Era – Wyoming State Bar Annual Conference (2015).
- Digital Assets, Death, and Disability – Southeast Wyoming Estate Planning Council, Cheyenne Rotary After Hours Club (2015).
- Estate Planning– Is it For Me? – Laramie County Community College Foundation (2015)
- Do you Miss the Fax Machine? Wyoming Lawyer (June 2015).
- Estate Administration Procedures Seminar in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Presenter on Ethical Challenges in Estate Administration and Common Issues to Be Prepared for in Estate Administration and Probate (2013).
- Constitutional Law-Suspicionless Drug Testing of Students Participating in Non-athletic Competitive School Activities: Are All Students Next? Board of Education v. Earls, 536 U.S. 822 (2002), Wyoming Law Review, Vol. IV, page 365 (2004).
Guardianships and Conservatorships