Wills, Trusts, and Estates Administration / Edition 7

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Trusted for more than thirty years, WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, 7th Edition introduces the basics of estate planning and bequeathing property through wills and trusts, along with the laws and procedures involved. In addition to relevant laws, the text covers court procedures, cases, tax implications, ethical considerations, and the roles paralegals and other professionals play in the process. The text's approach helps students hone their critical thinking skills; the writing is clear and free of confusing legalese. . Packed with reader-friendly case summaries, state-specific examples, and detailed documents and exhibits, the 7th Edition of WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION is an ideal resource for non-lawyers preparing to work in this important area of law.

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"The text material is very well written; it is complete and comprehensive. Also, I believe this is a textbook that a student will keep and use as a reference guide once working as paralegal. The organization of the text material is such that as an instructor, I can begin with chapter one and teach each subsequent chapter in sequence until I reach the end. It is a very good text."

"The writing style is one of the reasons I chose this textbook. I consider it well-written and relatively easy to understand. The legal terms and concepts are defined and explained early to set a foundation for better understanding in later chapters."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111137786
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/11/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 202,330
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Currently a practicing lawyer, Dennis R. Hower is formerly a professor for the University of Minnesota. In 1983, the University presented him with the Horace T. Morse Amoco Foundation Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Peter T. Kahn is a Professor Emeritus for the University of Minnesota where he taught introductory law and political science courses for thirty years. His teaching philosophy centers on promoting a positive atmosphere for students and generating enthusiasm for learning about the legal system. A member of the American and Minnesota Bar Associations, Professor Kahn was a practicing attorney for nearly four decades, and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

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Table of Contents

1. The Estate Plan, and 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. 11. Long-Term Care. 12. Personal Representatives: Types, Pre-Probate Duties, and Appointment. 13. Probate and Estate Administration. 14. Informal Probate Administration. 15. Tax Considerations in the Administration of Estates. 16. Ethical Principles Relevant to Practicing Paralegals and Legal Assistants. Appendix A: Sample Marital Deduction Testamentary Trust. Glossary. Index.

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