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Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration 8th Edition

Dennis R. Hower | Janis Walter

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A trusted resource in paralegal education for more than three decades, WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION introduces the basics of estate planning and bequeathing property through wills and trusts, along with the Uniform Probate Code and other laws and procedures involved. With its engaging, visual content and a writing style free of confusing legalese, the eighth edition provides up-to-date coverage of substantive probate law, procedural law, tax implications, ethical considerations, and the roles paralegals and other professionals play in the process. Case summaries, state-specific examples, detailed documents, practical assignments, and discussions of contemporary issues prepare students for their careers.

Dennis R. Hower, University of Minnesota

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.

Janis Walter, University of Cincinnati

Janis Walter, J.D., is a professor of Paralegal Studies at the University of Cincinnati where she coordinates and teaches in the university's ABA-approved paralegal program, a position she has held since 1988. She has served as the chair of the American Bar Association's Approval Commission on Paralegals since 2012 and previously served as a commissioner and on the Standing Committee for Paralegals. In addition, she has chaired and served as the educational representative on many site teams evaluating paralegal programs. An active member of the American Association for Paralegal Education, Professor Walter has developed model syllabi and served as editor of the PARALEGAL EDUCATOR. She has presented at many different forums on topics ranging from teaching effectiveness to handling adoptions. She is also the author of THE OHIO COURTS, widely popular CD case studies covering civil litigation, criminal law, and family law, and developed three learning labs for a virtual law office. Professor Walter holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She is licensed to practice in Kentucky and Ohio and before the United States Supreme Court.

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  • 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.
  • Intelligent Study Features: Key terms in the margins draw student attention to essential topics; chapter review questions recap material after every section to reinforce understanding.
  • 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.
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Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration


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

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