2-7-501.  Right to homestead and support; "homestead" defined.
(a)  When a person dies leaving a spouse or minor children, the spouse or minor children are entitled to remain in possession of the homestead, all wearing apparel of the family, and all household furniture of the decedent until letters are granted and the inventory is returned. The widow or minor children are also entitled to a reasonable provision for their support, to be allowed by the court.
(b)  When any person dies seized of a homestead, leaving a spouse or minor children, the spouse or minor children are entitled to the homestead. If there is neither spouse nor minor children the homestead is liable for the debts of the decedent.
(c)  "Homestead" includes that property referred to in W.S. 2-7-507 to the extent in value stated in W.S. 2-7-508.
2-7-502.  Extra allowance for maintenance of family.
If the amount set apart is insufficient for the support of the widow and children, or either, the court shall make such reasonable allowance out of the estate as is necessary for the maintenance of the family according to their circumstances during the settlement of the estate.
2-7-503.  Preference and payment of allowances; exceptions.
Allowances made shall be paid in preference to all other charges except funeral expenses and cost of administration. Any such allowance, whenever made, may in the discretion of the court take effect from the death of the decedent. This section shall not be construed so as to invalidate any mortgage or lien of record against decedent's property.
2-7-504.  Absolute property of surviving spouse and minor children; exceptions; renouncement of will of no effect.
When any resident of this state dies leaving a spouse or minor children, the court shall set over to the spouse, and if none to the minor children, as their absolute property, all property of the decedent exempt from execution under the exemption laws of this state including the homestead. Such property shall not be subject to the payment of debts of the decedent, except expenses of administration or funeral expenses of the decedent in cases in which there is not other property in the estate sufficient to pay the expenses. If [the] decedent does not have any or all of the property specified under the exemption laws, the spouse or minor children are entitled to the value of the exempt property either in money or other property as they may prefer. If the surviving spouse is not the parent of all or any minor children, one-half (1/2) of the property shall be set over to the surviving spouse and the other one-half (1/2) to the minors who are not children of the survivor. A conservator shall be appointed for the children as in any other cases of estate property descending to a minor. The right of a surviving spouse to any of the exempt property is not affected by his or her renouncing or failing to renounce the benefit of the provisions made for him or her in the will of the decedent.
2-7-505.  Procedure for setting off exempt property.
Any time during the administration of an estate and after the first publication of notice of opening the probate and the filing of the appraisement, any person interested may file a petition showing the necessary facts and praying to have the exempt property of the estate including the homestead set over to the person or persons entitled thereto. Upon filing of the petition, the court shall require all persons interested to appear on a day certain to show cause why the exempt property should not be set over to the person or persons entitled thereto. The order shall be published once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the probate is pending and a copy of the order to show cause shall be mailed by the personal representative to each heir and beneficiary. The publication and mailing shall be not less than ten (10) days prior to the date set for the hearing. At the time set for the hearing or to which the hearing is continued, the court shall hear the evidence and make such order as the facts and law require. If the whole estate of the decedent is found to be exempt and is set over to the person or persons entitled thereto, no further proceeding is required in the administration of the estate unless further estate is discovered. The publication and notice may be combined with and included in the notice of opening the probate, but the hearing shall not be held less than ten (10) days after the filing of the appraisement.
2-7-506.  Homestead to be set apart by court; payment of liens or encumbrances.
If the homestead held prior to the death of the decedent is returned in the appraisement at a value not exceeding the value of the homestead exemption provided in W.S. 2-7-508, the court shall order it set off to the persons entitled thereto. If there are liens or encumbrances on the homestead and if the funds of the estate are adequate to pay all claims against the estate, all claims against the estate and any liens or encumbrances on the homestead, whether filed or presented or not, if known or made known to the personal representative, shall be paid out of the funds. If the funds of the estate are not sufficient for that purpose, liens or encumbrances shall be paid proportionately with other claims allowed, and the liens or encumbrances on the homestead shall only be enforced against the homestead for any deficiency remaining after the payment.
2-7-507.  Duty of appraisers to appraise and divide homestead.
If the homestead is returned in the appraisement at more than the value of the homestead exemption set forth in W.S. 2-7-508, the appraisers shall determine whether the premises can be divided without material injury. If they can be divided, the appraisers shall admeasure and set apart to the parties entitled thereto the portion of the premises, including the dwelling house, as will amount in value to the homestead exemption and make report thereof giving the metes, bounds and full description of the portion set apart as a homestead. If the appraisers find that the premises exceed in value the homestead exemption and the premises cannot be divided without material injury, they shall report the finding, and thereafter the court may make an order for the sale of the premises and the distribution of the proceeds to the parties entitled thereto.
2-7-508.  Amount of homestead exemption.
Wheresoever in the Probate Code the limit of the homestead exemption is established or referred to, the exemption is thirty thousand dollars ($30,000.00).
2-7-509.  Costs of proceedings; homestead exempt from claims against estate.
The costs of all proceedings provided for in W.S. 2-7-501 through 2-7-508 shall be paid by the estate as expenses of administration. Persons succeeding by purchase or otherwise to the interests, rights and title of successors to homesteads or to the right to have homesteads set apart to them, shall take the homestead exempt from claims against the estate of the decedent.