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Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials

Reid Kress Weisbord, David Horton, Stephen K. Urice


  • ISBN: 9781454895114

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  • Description

    Written by well-recognized scholars in the field, Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials by Reid Weisbord, David Horton, and Steven Urice provides a unique platform for teaching Trusts and Estates as an accessible, engaging area of the law. As its title implies, Essentials covers only the core legal doctrines and does so in a concise, straightforward format that focuses on practical application rather than theory. The organizational structure of each chapter facilitates student learning by providing: (1) a clear explanation of the doctrine in plain English, (2) an excerpt of relevant statutory authority where applicable, (3) an illustration of the doctrine through a carefully-selected judicial opinion, and (4) an application of the doctrine in a problem set. Each judicial opinion is followed by a series of questions, as well as narrative answers to each question. The problem sets, which are heavily emphasized, simulate the practice of law in a realistic T&E setting.

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 1/10/2018
    Hardcover + CasebookConnect: 9781454856092
    Loose-leaf + CasebookConnect: 9781454893158
    Rental + CasebookConnect: 9781454895114
    Digital Only CasebookConnect: 9781454894131

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    Summary of Contents

    A Note About the Diagrams

    1 Overview
    2 Intestacy—Statutory Distribution
    3 Wills: Protecting Testamentary Intent
    4 Wills: Formalities
    5 Wills: Components and Provisions
    6 Will Drafting Principles and Default Rules
    7 Family Status and Family Protection
    8 Trust Formation and Elements
    9 Trust Distributions and Modification; Implied Trusts
    10 Nonprobate Transfers at Death and Will Substitutes
    11 Fiduciary Duties
    12 Federal Transfer Taxes: An Introduction

    Table of Cases
    Table of Authorities
    Table of Authors

  • Author Information

    David Horton

    Horton is Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Fellow at UC Davis. He teaches and writes in the areas of wills and trusts, arbitration law, and contracts. He has won the Association of American Law Schools’ Scholarly Paper Competition, the Mangano Dispute Resolution Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Teaching Award, and he has been elected as an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. His work has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, N.Y.U. Law Review, California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Boston College Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, and University of Colorado Law R

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    Reid Kress Weisbord

    Kress Weisbord is Vice Dean, Professor of Law, and Judge Norma L. Shapiro Scholar at Rutgers Law School. He teaches and writes in several areas of law including wills and trusts, and nonprofit organizations. Weisbord is a recipient of the Greg Lastowka Memorial Award for Scholarly Excellence and the International Institute of Education Award for Outstanding Service. Weisbord’s work has appeared in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Florida Law Review, Tulane Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, Columbia Law Review Online, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University

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    Stephen K. Urice

    Stephen K. Urice is a Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law where he teaches courses in Trusts & Estates, Elements of the Law, Art Law, Museum Law, and Cultural Property Law. He serves as a contributing author and advisor to the Aspen Institute’s Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative and directs the arts Track for Miami Law's LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law. His legal practice focused on estate planning and the law of tax-exempt organizations.

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