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Spring 2021

Course Description
This 4-credit course introduces students to: lifetime management of property (revocable trusts, joint tenancies, and other instruments); planning for incapacity; transfer of property by gift; disposition of property at death (intestacy, wills, will substitutes, and trusts); probate; and federal gift and estate taxation. The course does not refer to any one state's laws but, rather, to uniform acts such as the Uniform Probate Code, Uniform Trust Code, and Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, etc. Success in the course requires careful preparation for each class and meaningful participation in class discussion. The assigned text is Weisbord, Horton, & Urice, WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES: THE ESSENTIALS (Wolters-Kluwer Aspen Casebook Series, 2d edition, 2020).

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   TR  2:00 PM-3:40 PM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: A final examination and, at the professor’s discretion, unscheduled, in-class quizzes on assigned readings. Class attendance and participation are components of the final grade.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
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: The Essentials, Second Edition
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Reid Kress Weisbord, David Horton, Stephen K. Urice
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: 2nd Ed.
    ISBN: 9781543824421

Additional Materials:
There may be photocopied and other required reading materials available through Blackboard.  
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-3643
Office: G272