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Contemporary Approaches to Trusts and Estates

Front Cover - Contemporary Approaches to Trusts and Estates

Susan N. Gary
Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor
University of Oregon

Jerome Borison
Associate Professor of Law
University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Naomi R. Cahn
John Theodore Fey Research Professor of Law
George Washington University

Paula A. Monopoli
Professor of Law and Marbury Research Professor
University of Maryland

2011. 1,032 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-8927-8. With Teacherís Manual


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About the Book

Contemporary Approaches to Trusts and Estates uses cases and statutory materials along with  exercises and problems to integrate legal analysis and practice skills.  The book can be used in a three- or four-credit course with or without the exercises, and sample syllabi are included in the Teacherís Manual.

This innovative casebook:

  • Proceeds chronologically, covering lifetime planning issues before wills.
  • Uses extensive textual explanations to present the law and its many nuances.
  • Consistent with the call in the Carnegie Report for schools to add more practice skills to the curriculum, includes exercises in document drafting, role-playing, and letter writing to clients.
  • Reproduces statutory materials and the Restatement, so that no separate supplement is required.
  • Explores the ethical obligations of estate planning lawyers using the MRPC and the ACTEC Commentaries.
  • Presents contemporary cases, such as Feinberg, Kuralt, and Schiavo, which reflect the development of the law into the 21st century.
  • Includes fact-based problems, requiring students to explore cases, the UPC, the UTC, and other statutes, as well as the MRPC, in depth.
  • Is accompanied by a Teacherís Manual that offers suggestions on:
    • Teaching the cases and statutory materials and expanding the discussion beyond what is included in the casebook
    • Appropriate responses for the questions and problems
    • How to evaluate each exercise
    • Ways to vary each assignment from year to year

Preface / Sample Chapters