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Fall 2020

Course Description
The course will cover basic topics in the area of estates and trusts including, but not limited to, the following: theories of property transmission at death, intestacy, testamentary capacity, will formalities, nonprobate transfers, construction of wills, restrictions on the power of disposition, creation and characteristics of trusts, powers of appointment and future interests. The course will focus heavily on the Uniform Probate Code, although statutory examples will also be drawn from a range of U.S. jurisdictions. The course will not cover estate tax issues.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2020 - 11-17-2020   MW  6:20 PM-8:00 PM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: In-class Quizzes and Final Exam.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Distance Learning
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
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, Trusts, and Estates
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Robert Sitkoff & Jesse Dukeminier
    Publisher: Aspen
    Edition: 10th
    ISBN: 9781454876427
  • Textbook Name: Uniform Trust and Estates Statutes 2020-2021
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Thomas Gallanis
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 2020-21
    ISBN: 9781647080624
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Casebook, pp. 1 – 51 (Copy attached) Syllabus attached.

    Textbook Type Hardcover
    Textbook Requirement Required
    Textbook Name Wills, Trusts, and Estates
    Textbook Publisher Aspen
    Textbook Author Robert Sitkoff & Jesse Dukeminier
    Textbook Edition 10th
    Textbook ISBN 9781454876427

    Textbook Type Paperback
    Textbook Requirement Required
    Textbook Name Uniform Trust and Estates Statutes 2020-2021
    Textbook Publisher West Academic
    Textbook Author Thomas Gallanis
    Textbook Edition 2020-21
    Textbook ISBN 9781647080624

    pp1 51 Dukeminier Sitkoff Wills Trusts and Estates.pdf
    Fall 2020 Syllabus-Trusts & Estates.pdf



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-9788
Office: G384