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Spring 2019

Course Description
Survey of the law of family wealth transfer including; introduction to estate planning; intestate succession; wills; will substitutes; protection of family; and introduction to trusts.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-15-2019 - 04-23-2019   TR  3:30 PM-5:20 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Closed book multistate-type exam.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Specialized
Family & Personal - Basic
Bar Subject(s):
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Wills, Trust & Estates
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Dukeminier
    Publisher: Aspen
    Edition: 10th Edition
    ISBN: 9781454876427
  • Textbook Name: Uniform Trust & Estate Statues
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Optional
    Author: Gallanis
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    Edition: 2018 - 2019
    ISBN: 9781640209237
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Assignment for SECOND class: please read Chapter 1A through 1A1. We will begin with Shapira. (The PowerPoint slides in handout 2 [ho2] may help.)

    SITKOFF et. al, WILLS, TRUSTS, & ESTATES (latest ed.) (“text” or simply “T”) and access to the Uniform Probate Code and Uniform Trust Code. (I will use Gallanis, Uniform Trust and Estate Statutes (latest ed.) (statutory supplement or simply “S”) in class and it will control the final examination.) You will need three course handouts available in the copy center: ... COURSE HANDOUT (WITH ATTACHMENTS) (“ho1”); …POWERPOINT CLASS SLIDES (“ho2”) and ho3 (an estate planning problem).

    Additional Information:
    Important Notes: Class preparation, participation and daily (hourly) attendance are required. There are no “passes”; be prepared. (I am more lenient than usual in calling on students in our first meeting.) The ho2 PowerPoint slide-sets corresponding to each assigned chapter are good guides to our probable class discussion. I may lower your final grade or drop you from the course if you have more than eight hourly absences. I orient the (semi-) Socratic discussion with PowerPoint slides. If you don’t like slides, please respect your preferences (I do), and take another course. Examination by multistate-type questions (see ho1). If you have a disability, or suspect that you may have a disability, the Law School encourages you to contact the Office of Disability Services for information about available opportunities, resources, and services. You may also visit the Disability Services website at



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2495
Office: G286