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Contemporary Trusts and Estates: An Experiential Approach

Front Cover - Contemporary Trusts and Estates: An Experiential Approach

Second Edition

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

2014. 960 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-3875-3. With Teacher’s Manual.

About the Book

Contemporary Trusts and Estates: An Experiential Approach 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 Teacher's Manual.


•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 on the Restatement, so that no separate supplement is required. 

•Includes new and revised sections on Will Contests, Trust, Protectors, and Planning for Digital Assets.

•Explores the ethical obligations of estate planning lawyers using the MRPC and the ACTEC Commentaries.

•Presents contemporary cases, such as the Astrue case and its impact on posthumously conceived children.

•Included 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 Teacher's Manual that offers suggestions on expanding the discussion beyond what is included in the casebook, appropriate responses for questions and problems, how to evaluate each exercise, and ways to vary assignments.