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Estates in Land Future Interests: A Step-by-Step Guide, 5e

Front Cover - Estates in Land Future Interests: A Step-by-Step Guide, 5e

Fifth Edition 


Linda H. Edwards
University of Nevada, Las Vegas


2017. 272 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-8518-4.

About the Book

Estates in Land and Future Interests combines graphics, text boxes, and pedagogical techniques especially helpful to visual learners to teach the basics of estates and future interests, a particularly confusing subset of first-year property. One central graphic — a flow chart used to identify the state of the title after a particular conveyance — links various estates to the future interests that follow them. The complete flow chart appears on the inside back cover for easy reference. The book is useful both in class and as a practice book for self-guided learning outside class, thus reducing necessary syllabus time. Its step-by-step, process approach breaks up analytical tasks into smaller pieces, reducing the degree to which students get lost in the material. The book anticipates the most common areas of student confusion and resolves them before they occur. Written in clear, simple language, with short paragraphs and chapters, Estates in Land and Future Interests features an open, attractive design enhanced by graphics to make the material easier to understand.


New to the Fifth Edition

The book’s substantive coverage remains the same, but the Fifth Edition identifies additional areas of potential student confusion and prevents them before they arise. It adds a new section at the end of most chapters, reminding students of points that are easy to forget but that will trip them up if they do.  

Casebook Features: 

• Graphics and pedagogical techniques helpful to visual learners; vocabulary appendix
• Central flow chart graphic to identify the state of the title after a conveyance; links various estates to the future interests that follow them
• Step-by-step, process approach to break up the analytical tasks into smaller steps
• Written in clear, simple language, with short paragraphs and chapters
• Matches Dukeminier &: Krier's coverage exactly; perfect companion to Aspen's popular casebook

Other future interests supplements tend to move quickly through some of the material, skipping steps and making unexplained assumptions. They may also underestimate the crucial role of practicing with exercises. The PowerPoint slides (with answers) allow students to practice the exercises on their own computers a few minutes every day. Another strength of this book is its clear-eyed understanding of what confuses students and how much they forget from one topic to the next. It’s also designed to be a bit like a game, so students may actually enjoy their study of future interests.

Preface / Sample Chapters