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Wills, Trusts, and Estates 9E

Front Cover - Wills, Trusts, and Estates 9E

Ninth Edition

Jesse Dukeminier, late of University of California, Los Angeles
Robert H. Sitkoff, Harvard University


2013.  Approx. 1,000 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-2457-2.

With Teacherís Manual.

About the Book

Wills, Trusts, and Estates retains the late Jesse Dukeminierís unique blend of wit, erudition, insight, and playfulness while covering all the key topics in a logical, clear organization. Interesting cases―not only fun to read, but fun to teach as well―are enhanced and connected to broader legal principles by well-written notes, questions, and problems. Cartoons, illustrations, case documents, and photographs provide often humorous visual commentary and teaching aids at appropriate places within the text. A comprehensive Teacherís Manual summarizes all the readings, answers every question and problem in the casebook, provides comments about material cited in the text, and offers deeper analysis and observations to foster lively classroom discussion.

The Ninth Edition introduces a completely new, two-color design for a clearer presentation of core material and didactic imagery.  Shaded box ďsidebarsĒ insert context, background, and real-life examples throughout the text. Improved organization consolidates the material into blocks that follow an orderly and logical progression. An introductory chapter on trusts appears before nonprobate transfers, providing much-needed context for revocable trusts as will substitutes. Reorganization enhances the revised material on nonprobate transfers and trust administration, creditorís rights, trust modification, probate transfers, spousal and childrenís shares, and trusts. The Ninth Edition features the latest developments in statutes, law reform projects, scholarly writing, and cases, such as those on revocable trusts and harmless error in will execution. Relevant uniform law activity is discussed, including the new Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act, and attention is paid to the finalization of the new Restatements on Property and Trusts. Updates to the social science work on inheritance and intestacy are presented. Attention is paid to developments affecting inheritance among same-sex partners. An enhanced companion Webpage offers an electronic version of the Teacherís Manual, PowerPoint slides for every chapter, and subsequent developments in the field. 


Hallmark features of Wills, Trusts, and Estates:

  • retains the late Jesse Dukeminierís unique blend of wit, erudition, insight, and playfulness
  • covers all the key topics in a logical, clear organization 
  • interesting cases that are not only fun to read, but fun to teach as well  
  • cases enhanced and connected to broader legal principles by well-written notes, questions, and problems
  • cartoons, illustrations, case documents, and photographs provide humorous visual commentary and teaching aids at appropriate places within the text
  • comprehensive Teacherís Manual: 
  • summarizes all the readings
  • answers every question and problem in the casebook 
  • provides comments about material cited in the text 
  • offers deep analysis and observations to foster lively classroom discussion

Thoroughly updated, the revised Ninth Edition presents:

  • a completely new, two-color design: 
  • two colors make a clearer presentation of core material and didactic imagery 
  • shaded box ďsidebarsĒ insert context, background, and real-life examples
  • improved organization consolidates the material on wills, trusts, and nonprobate transfers into blocks that follow an orderly and logical progression
  • an introductory chapter on trusts appears before nonprobate transfers, providing much-needed context for revocable trusts as will substitutes
  • thorough revision and reorganization of the material on nonprobate transfers and trust administration, creditorís rights, and trust modification 
  • revision and reorganization of chapters on probate transfers, spousal and childrenís shares, and trusts
  • the latest developments in cases, statutes, law reform projects, and scholarly writing
  • new developments in cases, such as revocable trusts and harmless error in will execution
  • relevant coverage of uniform law activity, including the new Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act 
  • finalization of the new Restatements on Property and Trusts.
  • updates to the social science work on inheritance and the related tax rules
  • attention to developments affecting inheritance among same-sex partners
  • revised coverage of the latest in estate tax laws 
  • enhanced companion Webpage
  • electronic version of the Teacherís Manual
  • PowerPoint slides for every chapter
  • updated materials reflect subsequent developments