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Wills, Trusts, and Estates: Examples & Explanations, Third Edition

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The best way to help students understand the complexities of wills, trusts, and estates is through hands-on practice with the concepts, which is why this study guide has gained such widespread use. Wills, Trusts, and Estates: Examples & Explanations, Third Edition, provides everything students need for success: essential background and review materials, plus coverage of both the theoretical and practical applications of key concepts.

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Overview

The best way to help students understand the complexities of wills, trusts, and estates is through hands-on practice with the concepts, which is why this study guide has gained such widespread use. Wills, Trusts, and Estates: Examples & Explanations, Third Edition, provides everything students need for success: essential background and review materials, plus coverage of both the theoretical and practical applications of key concepts.

The book is designed to facilitate learning and retention:

  • comprehensive coverage of intestacy, wills, and trusts, including non-probate assets, estate administration, wealth transfer taxation (gift tax, estate tax, generation-skipping transfer tax), elder law issues (such as disability planning for property management, health care, and the death event, and malpractice/professional responsibility.
  • unique Examples & Explanations format combines textual material with well-written examples, explanations, and questions to test student comprehension and provide practice applying information to fact patterns. The Third Edition features comprehensive examples covering a variety of issues in a single fact situation, which are similar to those on a law school or bar examination.
  • clear, accessible writing holds student interest
  • learning by doing approach encourages students to master the law by providing the opportunity, in a non-threatening environment, to evaluate how well they can apply what they have learned
  • practical suggestions interspersed throughout the text give students an appreciation of the real-world application of course material
  • drafting assistance through sample will and trust provisions and an extensively annotated model will (including a testamentary trust)
  • flexibility for use primarily with courses that give students their first comprehensive introduction to property transmission upon death, but also valuable for review during advanced courses such as Estate Planning, Wealth Transfer Taxation (Federal Gift & Estate Tax), and Elder Law
  • spotlights general nationwide rules and trends without being sidetracked by too many cases or local laws
  • comprehensive, student-friendly index makes it easy to pinpoint the exact location of the material students seek
  • helpful tables for quick reference to relevant material from the Uniform Probate Code, Uniform Trust Code, and the Internal Revenue Code

The Third Edition presents:

  • new and updated text, examples, and explanations
  • updates on changing trends and recent developments
  • casebook correlation chart, which allows the book to be used with any of the six most popular casebooks on the subject
  • expanded coverage of Uniform Trust Code, Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 version), Uniform Prudent Investor Act, rights of same-sex partners, right of sepulture, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735545601
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Examples and Explanations Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 636
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents


• Introduction and Overview

Part One: Intestate Succession
• Descent and Distribution
• Treatment of Certain Categories of Potential Heirs
• Other Intestate Succession Issues

Part Two: Wills
• Requirements for a Valid Will
• Changing Circumstances after Will Execution - Property
• Changing Circumstances after Will Execution - Persons
• Revocation of Wills
• Interpretation and Construction
• Will Contests
• Other Will Issues

Part Three: Estate Administration
• Estate Administration

Part Four: Nonprobate Transfers
• Reasons People Use Non probate Transfers
• Inter Vivos Transfers
• Co-Ownership of Property
• Multiple-Party Accounts
• Contracts

Part Five: Trusts
• Introduction to Trusts
• Trust Creation
• Trust Administration
• Trust Enforcement
• Resulting Trusts
• Constructive Trusts

Part Six: Other Estate Planning Concerns
• Wealth Transfer Taxation
• Disability and Death Planning
• Malpractice and Professional Responsibility



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