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A New York Companion for the Course in Wills, Trusts, and Estates

William P. LaPiana, New York Law School

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Coming in 2009 in print.

2008. PDF.

 

About the Book

A New York Companion for the Course in Wills, Trusts, and Estates brings local law into the classroom.

Designed for ease of use, the sequence of material tracks that of Dukeminier, Johanson, Lindgren, and Sitkoff’s Wills Trusts, and Estates, Seventh Edition, casebook. The Companion supplements the casebook with New York State-specific statutory provisions and cases.

Statutes that deal with topics at the heart of the course come from the following important sources:

  • the Estates, Powers, and Trusts Law (TEPL)
  • the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act (SPCA)
  • the Domestic Relations Law (DRL)
  • the Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR)
  • the Banking Law

Cases, most decided in 2000 and later, illustrate the application of statutes or address questions not covered by the statutes. Among the cases are these:

  • Matter of Martin B. (posthumously conceived children are descendants of their birth grandfather)
  • Martinez v. County of Monroe (Canadian same-sex marriage recognized in New York)
  • Matter of Piel (adopted out grandchild not a beneficiary of a pre-1964 trust)
  • Matter of Scale (will construction and ambiguity)
  • Matter of Heller (conversion to unitrust)

A New York Companion for the Course in Wills, Trusts, and Estates is an invaluable enhancement to the Wills, Trusts, and Estates course, complete with a Table of Contents that includes captions for the cases and short descriptions of the subject matter of cases, a Table of Cases, and a Table of Statutes that groups the statutes under the Estates, Powers, and Trusts Law, the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act, the Civil Practice Law and Rules, the Domestic Relations Law, and the Banking Law.