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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.
|Ch. 1||Purpose and need for a will||1|
|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|