This law school casebook provides a comprehensive review of the estate planning process. It is easily adaptable to two and three-credit courses and seminars. The new edition retains the basic structure of the prior edition with significant updates to reflect recent developments in law and practice. Part One focuses on the substantive law applicable to estate planning, while Part Two concentrates on estate planning practice itself. Extensive researching and drafting exercises are included to hone the student’s practical skills. Most of the material is self-explanatory and thus the professor may reserve class time for more difficult topics, areas that merit special attention, and concerns raised by local law.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 12/03/2012

Gerry W. Beyer, Texas Tech University School of Law


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The following changes were incorporated into the Fourth Edition of the book: Updated gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax materials — The tax chapter was updated to reflect the changes made by the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Jobe Creation Act of 2010. New, expanded, or revised coverage — Coverage of the following topics was added, expanded, or revised: Anatomical gifts Attorney grievances Charitable planning Chronic illness planning Conditional gifts Digital assets Family limited partnerships Grantor trusts Gun trusts International estate planning Legal assistants Life care agreements Limited liability companies Loyalty program benefits Mediation Medicaid planning Multi-disciplinary practice Physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) Posthumous children (Astrue v. Capato) Postmortem planning •

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