Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration,
8th Edition

Dennis R. Hower, Janis Walter, Emma Wright

ISBN-13: 9781305506251 | ISBN-10: 1305506251

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 720 pages

List Price USD $179.95


Succeed in your course and your paralegal career with WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, 8th Edition. This easy-to-understand text introduces the basics of estate planning and bequeathing property to others through wills and trusts, along with the laws and procedures involved, including the Uniform Probate Code. Packed with engaging, highly visual content enhanced by detailed exhibits and a writing style free of confusing legalese, the 8th Edition provides up-to-date coverage of relevant laws, court procedures, cases, tax implications, ethical considerations, and the roles paralegals and other professionals play in the process. Throughout the text, user-friendly case summaries, state-specific examples, practical assignments, detailed documents, and real-life contemporary issues prepare you for success as a paralegal in this important area of law.

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Meet the Authors

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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, professor emeritus, teaches part-time at the University of Cincinnati’s ABA-approved paralegal program. She has served as chair of the ABA’s Approval Commission on Paralegals and was a member of the Standing Committee. She participates as a Specially Designated Commissioner for the ABA on site visits across the U.S. Professor Walter is also an active member of the American Association for Paralegal Education, where she served as editor of the Paralegal Educator. She has presented at many different forums on topics ranging from teaching effectiveness to handling adoptions. Professor Waler authored The Ohio Courts, a series of widely popular case studies covering civil litigation, criminal law and family law, and she 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 law in Kentucky and Ohio and before the United States Supreme Court. She still practices in the areas of estate law, family law and personal injury.

Emma Wright Fletcher is assistant professor and program coordinator in the Paralegal Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to teaching in a traditional classroom setting, Professor Wright Fletcher has implemented distance learning classes into the university's paralegal program and has integrated technology into her traditional classes. She has participated in numerous site visits on behalf of the American Bar Association’s Approval Commission. She is also a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education. In addition, she is a partner in the Wright Law Group, where she focuses her practice on estate administration, family law and criminal law. Professor Wright Fletcher holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Ohio.

  • Point of Interest Features: Additional and updated real-life contemporary issues familiarize students with the types of issues and conflicts they will encounter as practicing paralegals and provide them with the hands-on practice they need to solve problems on their own.
  • Condensed and Modern Coverage: The 8th Edition has been thoughtfully revised to eliminate outdated and redundant topics.
  • Practical Assignments: Carefully crafted assignments require students to interpret, apply, and/or prepare concepts and estate forms, along with relevant statutes and the UPC.
  • Important Law Updates: Key updates address the latest changes in probate law, the disposition of digital assets, as well as changes in the ethical guidelines that apply to paralegals and attorneys in the practice of law.
  • Updated Documents and Graphics: Updated and revised forms, task examples, web resources, tables, charts, checklists, practical assignments, and illustrations facilitate better understanding of complex legal doctrines and principles.
  • Ethical Issue Features: These features call attention to important ethical concerns relevant to the procedures discussed in each chapter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Helpful Supporting Documents: The latest probate forms and tax returns help students visualize the process of probate and estate administration from start to finish.

Table of Contents

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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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