Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-06-12
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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The Sixth Edition of Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration is an established textbook in the field of paralegal education dating back to the first edition in 1979. The intention of the textbook is to provide a learning tool for the paralegal student introducing them to the basics of property law and its application to the main theme of wills, trusts, and estate administration. A discussion of the laws that govern construction and administration of wills and trusts is presented in detail along with the roles of various participants in the process. A section is devoted to the taxes involved with the administration of estates which include income, fiduciary, gift, inheritance, and estate tax returns. The sections include examples, exhibits, assignments, key terms, review questions, and case problems to aid and challenge the student in understanding the material along with essential probate and tax forms found in the Appendix. The development of an estate plan to dispose of assets and diminish or eliminate estate taxes through the effective use of wills and trusts is presented allowing the student to apply what has been learned throughout the textbook. Ethics is addressed to prepare the paralegal student for the necessity to adhere to a prescribed set of rules and guidelines that will apply to their work. The textbook is a good reference source for both the student and lay person interested in basic and understandable information on the subject of wills, trusts, and estate administration.

Author Biography

Peter T. Kahn is a Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

The Estate Plan and the Purpose and Need for a Will
The Concept of Property Related to Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration
The Participants and the Proper Court
The Law of Succession: Death Testate or Intestate
Wills: Validity Requirements, Modification, Revocation, and Contests
Preparation to Draft a Will: Checklists and the Conference with the Client
Final Draft and execution of a Valid Will
Introduction to Trusts
Classification of Trusts, the Living Trust, and Other Special Trusts
Estate Planning
Long-Term Care
Personal Representatives: Types, Pre-Probate Duties, and Appointment
Probate and Estate Administration
Informal Probate Administration
Tax Considerations in the Administration of Estates
Ethical Principles Relevant to Practicing Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Key Terms
Review Questions
Case Problems
Sample Forms A1
Sample Marital Deduction Testamentary
Trust A183
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