Wills, Trusts, and Estates Administration / Edition 2

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Using practical, self-contained chapters, this book provides an overview of wills, trusts, and estates and can easily support a variety of programs and audiences. Designed with flexibility in mind, it captures the complexities of the field, while maintaining a clear tone that is accessible and concise. Throughout the book, core concepts are reinforced by illustrations, charts, tables, and appellate court cases. This edition features updated case materials and statutes, new sample estate forms, additional end-of-chapter questions, new projects and an added chapter on alternate family lifestyles.

Captures the complexities of the field, while maintaining a clear tone that is accessible and concise. Uses language and tone that is accessible to the novice, yet still engaging for the more critical reader. Case materials and statutes give readers the most up-todate legislation and decisions. Addresses contemporary family issues such as adoption, blended families, non-married couples, and grandparents raising children. Estate forms reflect the changes to the law and to practical practice issues.

Specifically designed for the legal professional.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131720268
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/4/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzan D. Herskowitz  was raised in The Bronx, New York.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Tech University School of Law. Ms. Herskowitz is in private practice focusing on estate planning, elder law, probate, business and tax planning, real estate and land entitlement.

In addition to Wills, Trusts and Estates, she has written books for the public on wills, child support and legal research.

Ms. Herskowitz has been featured on radio and television. She has also been profiled in The Palm Beach Post and The Stuart (Florida) News. She was also featured in articles in Investor's Business Daily and The Miami Herald.

Ms. Herskowitz is licensed to practice law in Texas, Florida, West Virginia and Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Purpose and need for a will 1
Ch. 2 Property 8
Ch. 3 Testate or intestate 26
Ch. 4 The will 55
Ch. 5 Will preparation and drafting 87
Ch. 6 Advance directives 105
Ch. 7 Trusts : elements and purpose 143
Ch. 8 Specialized trusts 189
Ch. 9 The personal representative 197
Ch. 10 Estate administration 207
Ch. 11 Tax considerations in estate administration 241
Ch. 12 The probate court and uniform laws 254
Ch. 13 Alternative family lifestyles 269
App. A Important cases concerning the right to die 276
App. B Selected wills of famous people 339
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