Higher Education

Wills, Trusts, and Estates Administration, 7th Edition

  • Dennis R. Hower University of Minnesota
  • Peter Kahn University of Minnesota
  • ISBN-10: 1111137781  |  ISBN-13: 9781111137786
  • 640 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2002, 1996
  • © 2012 | Published
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About

Overview

A trusted resource in paralegal education for more than three decades, WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, 7th Edition introduces the basics of estate planning and bequeathing property through wills and trusts, along with the laws and procedures involved, including the Uniform Probate Code. In addition to substantive probate law, the text covers procedural law, tax implications, ethical considerations, and the roles paralegals and other professionals play in the process. The text's approach helps students hone their critical thinking skills; the writing is clear and free of confusing legalese. Packed with student-friendly case summaries, state-specific examples, and detailed documents and exhibits, the 7th Edition of WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION is an ideal text for non-lawyers preparing for careers in this important area of law.

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Features and Benefits

  • Thought-Provoking Assignments: Carefully crafted assignments require students to interpret each concept, along with relevant statutes and the UPC, while examples and exhibits throughout the text help clarify the material.
  • Intelligent Study Features: Key terms in the margins draw student attention to essential topics; chapter review questions recap material after every section to reinforce readings.
  • Challenging Case Problems: Applying course concepts to these true-to-life problems helps students interpret findings on their own, while applying state-specific laws to each matter helps them see the different ways a Court might rule.
  • Helpful Supporting Documents: The latest probate forms and tax returns help students visualize the process of probate and estate administration from start to finish.
  • Decades of Experience: This perennially best-selling text distills the authors' more than seventy years of combined experience teaching and practicing law into a comprehensive, student-friendly resource for non-lawyers.

Table of Contents

1. The Estate Plan, and the Purpose and Need for a Will.
2. The Concept of Property Related to Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration.
3. The Participants and the Proper Court.
4. The Law of Succession: Death Testate or Intestate.
5. Wills: Validity Requirements, Modification, Revocation, and Contests.
6. Preparation to Draft a Will: Checklists and the Conference with the Client.
7. Final Draft and Execution of a Valid Will.
8. Introduction to Trusts.
9. Classification of Trusts, the Living Trust, and Other Special Trusts.
10. Estate Planning.
11. Long-Term Care.
12. Personal Representatives: Types, Pre-Probate Duties, and Appointment.
13. Probate and Estate Administration.
14. Informal Probate Administration.
15. Tax Considerations in the Administration of Estates.
16. Ethical Principles Relevant to Practicing Paralegals and Legal Assistants.
Appendix A: Sample Marital Deduction Testamentary Trust.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • Internet Research Applications: Real-life contemporary cases reported in the news are included to enhance student skills in using the Internet as a research tool as well as familiarize students with the types of issues and conflicts they will encounter as a practicing paralegal.
  • Important Law Updates: The 7th Edition includes thorough updates to address the latest changes in probate law (including the same-sex conjugal couples law, which expands the meaning of surviving spouse for inheritance purposes), as well as changes in the ethical guidelines that apply to paralegals and attorneys in the practice of law.
  • Updated Documents and Graphics: Revised forms, task examples, web resources, tables, charts, checklists, and illustrations throughout the text facilitate better understanding of complex legal doctrines and principles.
  • Condensed and Modern Coverage: The 7th Edition of WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION has been thoughtfully revised to eliminate outdated and redundant topics, and add in-text references to web links for a more current, streamlined approach to learning.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The text material is very well written; it is complete and comprehensive. Also, I believe this is a textbook that a student will keep and use as a reference guide once working as paralegal. The organization of the text material is such that as an instructor, I can begin with chapter one and teach each subsequent chapter in sequence until I reach the end. It is a very good text."

— Randi Ray, Des Moines Area Community College

"The writing style is one of the reasons I chose this textbook. I consider it well-written and relatively easy to understand. The legal terms and concepts are defined and explained early to set a foundation for better understanding in later chapters."

— Ernest Davila, San Jacinto College--North Campus

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Oran's Dictionary of the Law  (ISBN-10: 1418080918 | ISBN-13: 9781418080914)

Oran's Dictionary of the Law, Fourth Edition, is the easiest to use introduction to legal terminology and concepts on the market. It contains clear definitions of the words that most paralegals, paralegal students, and persons in related fields need to know. The book gives the reader the core of each legal idea and helps them understand the American legal system as well as how to approach research tasks. The book precisely explains contracts, laws, court decisions, and lawyers. This new fourth edition includes a CD-ROM that contains all terms and definitions in the book and over a thousand new and revised definitions. It also includes an updated section on computerized legal research and overhauled sections on bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation support, national security and other rapidly changing subject areas. Oran's Dictionary of the Law will leave the reader equipped with a precise, technical, legal vocabulary.

List Price = $55.95  | CengageBrain Price = $55.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.00

Lessons from the Top Paralegal Experts  (ISBN-10: 1401889212 | ISBN-13: 9781401889210)

LESSONS from the Top Paralegal Experts is a unique and much needed reference as there is nothing else like it for paralegal students and professionals on the market. It not only covers success stories about paralegal professionals but also shares their insights on how they do their work. The primary goal of the book is to help students learn hands-on techniques directly from paralegal leaders in the field. These top paralegal experts share the secrets that have helped them become the best of the best in their profession. The top fifteen paralegal experts helped to expand the paralegal profession and improve the efficiency of performing paralegal duties including creativity, leadership, expertise in their specialty, technical skills, knowledge, mentoring, and organization. The paralegal experts practice in various specialties and the premise of this book is that students and professionals can learn most effectively from the experiences of others. There is a definite need to provide paralegal students with further instructions to help them become more productive and efficient.

List Price = $55.95  | CengageBrain Price = $55.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.00

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals  (ISBN-10: 1418040088 | ISBN-13: 9781418040086)

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals is a job search guidebook for paralegal students and professionals. This practical workbook outlines placement skills and strategies for helping job seekers find a position in the fast growing paralegal profession. The book offers effective tools and strategies to help paralegals prepare a professional resume and cover letter, find job opportunities in the private and public sector, win over prospective employers in the job interview, and evaluate job offers, including salary, bonus structure, and benefits packages. The guide includes a detailed resume worksheet that will direct job seekers in preparing and customizing a resume for a successful job search. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters contain critical commentary to help applicants prepare outstanding materials. This unique guidebook also prepares job hunters for the job interview by offering practical advice including how to prepare, what to bring, and what to wear. Specific interview questions, including the dreaded "zinger" questions are set forth with winning answers provided. This essential resource will help paralegals in all stages of their careers. The sample resumes, cover letters, and job strategies will be invaluable to both students entering the profession as well as paralegals currently working in the legal field.

List Price = $73.95  | CengageBrain Price = $73.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $55.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Dennis R. Hower

Currently a practicing lawyer, Dennis R. Hower is formerly a professor for the University of Minnesota. In 1983, the university presented him with the Horace T. Morse Amoco Foundation Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Peter Kahn

Peter T. Kahn is a Professor Emeritus for the University of Minnesota where he taught introductory law and political science courses for thirty years. His teaching philosophy centers on promoting a positive atmosphere for students and generating enthusiasm for learning about the legal system. A member of the American and Minnesota Bar Associations, Professor Kahn was a practicing attorney for nearly four decades, and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.