Wills, Trusts and Estates Administration (5e) : 9780134559858

Wills, Trusts and Estates Administration (5e)

Herskowitz
 
Edition
 
5
ISBN
 
9780134559858
ISBN 10
 
0134559851
Published
 
23/01/2017
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
528
Format
 
Out of stock
 
Title type
Book
$246.99
 
 
 
Description

For courses in Wills, Trusts, and Estates (Legal Studies & Paralegal)

 

Flexible, complete coverage of all pertinent topics in the field of estate planning, in a format that’s accessible to all levels of students

Wills, Trusts, and Estates Administration is specifically designed for paralegal students and legal professionals. It presents the fundamentals of the field in a flexible approach that captures the complexities of modern estate planning while maintaining a clear, accessible style. The book’s self-contained chapters let instructors easily adapt the material to their own classes and students.

 

Written by a lawyer with 30 years of experience in the estate-planning field, it covers practical issues that arise in law office—situations that students will actually encounter when they begin their careers. The focus is on issues that concern today’s typical American client, such as the trend towards an aging population, the growing population of families in second marriages, blended families and families in which the grandparents are raising their grandchildren, as well as those families that include non-married or same-sex couples. Current statistics concerning the aging population in the United States keep readers up to date on how current trends affect the estate planning industry.

 

Neither too complicated for a two-year program, nor too simple for a full four-year program, this book does not presuppose a prior background in legal studies of any kind. The book is appropriate for the longtime continuing student, and it is ideal for the lifelong learner.

Table of contents
  • Preface 
  • Acknowledgments 
  • Purpose and Need for a Will 

  • Property 

  • Testate or Intestate 

  • The Will 

  • Will Preparation and Drafting 

  • Advance Directives 

  • Planning for Non-Traditional Families 

  • Trusts: Elements and Purpose 

  • Specialized Trusts and Gifts 

  • The Personal Representative 

  • Estate Administration 

  • Tax Considerations in Estate Administration 

  • The Probate Court and Uniform Laws 

  • Paralegals and Ethics 

  • Appendix A Important Cases Concerning the Right to Die 
  • Appendix B Selected Wills of Famous People 
  • Appendix C Internet Websites 
  • Appendix D 
  • Glossary 
  • Index 
New to this edition
  • A balance of practical and theoretical content
    • New cases added to chapters as needed
    • New eamples of estate planning documents where warranted
    • Statutes are updated throughout
  • A focus on issues pertinent to Americans today, among them:
    • Makes use of current statistics concerning the aging population in the United States—students see how current trends affect the estate planning industry
    • More information on death with dignity laws
    • More information on elder financial abuse
    • Ecludes issues regarding same-se marriage from the chapter on non-traditional families to concur with the change in the law and considers those families with the rest of the book as the norm under current law.
  • Key pedagogical changes include:
    • More Review Questions have been added to ensure that students master key chapter concepts.
    • New Project Assignments have been added to develop student’s analytical and critical thinking skills.
    • More headings, lists, and bullet points have been added to the tet narrative to make it easier for students to identify and locate key topics within chapters.
    • More and varied eamples have been added throughout the tet, including updated case law and statutes.
Features & benefits

Flexible, accessible, balanced, up to date, and pertinent, Wills, Trusts, and Estates Administration is the ideal resource for a variety of teaching situations

  • A flexible, accessible approach
    • Covers the essentials needed by all levels of students
    • Suitable for semester, quarter, accelerated, and online classes
    • Presented in self-contained chapters, allowing instructors to pick and choose the material that fits their needs
  • A balance of practical and theoretical content
    • Written by a lawyer with 30 years in the estate planning field who shares her day-to-day knowledge and experiences
    • NEW! New cases added to chapters as needed
    • NEW! New examples of estate planning documents where warranted
    • UPDATED! Statutes are updated throughout
  • A focus on issues:
    • NEW! Makes use of current statistics concerning the aging population in the United States—students see how current trends affect the estate planning industry
    • The growing population of families in second marriages
    • Blended families and families in which grandparents are raising their grandchildren
    • Families that include non-married or same-sex couples
    • NEW! More information on death with dignity laws
    • NEW! More information on elder financial abuse
    • NEW! Excludes issues regarding same-sex marriage from the chapter on non-traditional families to concur with the change in the law and considers those families with the rest of the book as the norm under current law.
  • UPDATED! Key pedagogical changes include:
    • More Review Questions have been added to ensure that students master key chapter concepts.
    • New Project Assignments have been added to develop student’s analytical and critical thinking skills.
    • More headings, lists, and bullet points have been added to the text narrative to make it easier for students to identify and locate key topics within chapters.
    • More and varied examples have been added throughout the text, including updated case law and statutes.
Author biography

Suzan Herskowitz is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. Ms. Herskowitz has been practicing law since 1986 and is licensed in Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, and Texas. In addition to being a sole practitioner with an emphasis on wills, trusts, estate planning, elder law, real estate, and business planning.