Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration

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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.

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Currently a practicing lawyer, Dennis R. Hower is formerly a professor for the University of Minnesota. In 1983, the University presented him with the Horace T. Morse Amoco Foundation Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

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Chapter 1: The Estate Plan and the Purpose and Need for a Will. Chapter 2: The Concept of Property Related to Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration. Chapter 3: The Participants and the Proper Court. Chapter 4: The Law of Succession: Death Testate or Intestate. Chapter 5: Wills: Validity Requirements, Modification, Revocation, and Contests. Chapter 6: Preparation to Draft a Will: Checklists and the Conference with the Client. Chapter 7: Final Draft and execution of a Valid Will. Chapter 8: Introduction to Trusts. Chapter 9: Classification of Trusts, the Living Trust, and Other Special Trusts. Chapter 10: Estate Planning. Chapter 11: Long-Term Care. Chapter 12: Personal Representatives: Types, Pre-Probate Duties, and Appointment. Chapter 13: Probate and Estate Administration. Chapter 14: Informal Probate Administration. Chapter 15: Tax Considerations in the Administration of Estates. Chapter 16: Ethical Principles Relevant to Practicing Paralegals and Legal Assistants. Key Terms. Review Questions. Case Problems. Notes. Appendixes. A. Sample Forms A1. B. Sample Marital Deduction Testamentary. Trust A183. Glossary. Index

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