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Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration, 5th Edition, is an excellent, up-to-date guide for legal assistants and paralegals in the field of Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration. Written directly for and to the student, the material is practical and easily applicable. Numerous examples are used throughout the text that clearly explain the terms and legal concepts presented. Exhibits help to explain the differences in legal procedures and requirements among the 50 states. The text includes an example case with all of the required executed legal forms, such as the Federal Tax Forms. "What You Do" tasks are presented with follow-up explanations that assist the student in understanding the major themes covered.
Preface. 1. The Purpose and Need for a Will. 2. The Concept of Property Related to Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration. 3. The Participants and the Proper Court. 4. The Law of Succession: Death Testate or Intestate. 5. Wills: Validity Requirements, Modification, Revocation, and Contests. 6. Preparation to Draft a Will: Checklists and the Conference with the Client. 7. Final Draft and Execution of a Valid Will. 8. Introduction to Trusts. 9. Classification of Trusts, the Living Trust, and Other Special Trusts. 10. Estate Planning and Long-Term Care. 11. Personal Representatives: Types, Pre-Probate Duties, and Appointment. 12. Probate and Estate Administration. 13. Informal Probate Administration. 14. Tax Considerations in the Administration of Estates. 15. Ethical Principles Relevant to Practicing Legal Assistants. Appendixes. A. Sample Forms. B. Sample Marital Deduction Testamentary Trust. C. Uniform Probate Code. Glossary. Index.
Posted May 12, 2003