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Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration [Hardcover]

Dennis R. Hower , Peter Kahn
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June 12, 2007 1418039330 978-1418039332 6
The Sixth Edition of Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration is an established textbook in the field of paralegal education dating back to the first edition in 1979. The intention of the textbook is to provide a learning tool for the paralegal student introducing them to the basics of property law and its application to the main theme of wills, trusts, and estate administration. A discussion of the laws that govern construction and administration of wills and trusts is presented in detail along with the roles of various participants in the process. A section is devoted to the taxes involved with the administration of estates which include income, fiduciary, gift, inheritance, and estate tax returns. The sections include examples, exhibits, assignments, key terms, review questions, and case problems to aid and challenge the student in understanding the material along with essential probate and tax forms found in the Appendix. The development of an estate plan to dispose of assets and diminish or eliminate estate taxes through the effective use of wills and trusts is presented allowing the student to apply what has been learned throughout the textbook. Ethics is addressed to prepare the paralegal student for the necessity to adhere to a prescribed set of rules and guidelines that will apply to their work. The textbook is a good reference source for both the student and lay person interested in basic and understandable information on the subject of wills, trusts, and estate administration.

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Chapter 1: The Estate Plan and the Purpose and Need for a Will. Chapter 2: The Concept of Property Related to Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration. Chapter 3: The Participants and the Proper Court. Chapter 4: The Law of Succession: Death Testate or Intestate. Chapter 5: Wills: Validity Requirements, Modification, Revocation, and Contests. Chapter 6: Preparation to Draft a Will: Checklists and the Conference with the Client. Chapter 7: Final Draft and execution of a Valid Will. Chapter 8: Introduction to Trusts. Chapter 9: Classification of Trusts, the Living Trust, and Other Special Trusts. Chapter 10: Estate Planning. Chapter 11: Long-Term Care. Chapter 12: Personal Representatives: Types, Pre-Probate Duties, and Appointment. Chapter 13: Probate and Estate Administration. Chapter 14: Informal Probate Administration. Chapter 15: Tax Considerations in the Administration of Estates. Chapter 16: Ethical Principles Relevant to Practicing Paralegals and Legal Assistants. Key Terms. Review Questions. Case Problems. Notes. Appendixes. A. Sample Forms A1. B. Sample Marital Deduction Testamentary. Trust A183. Glossary. Index

About the Author

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 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.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6 edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418039330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418039332
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book January 23, 2009
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This was for a paralegal class I took because I had to have it on a particular day, I had no interest in the subject. Come to find out, it's a fascinating and useful topic. This book does a great job of breaking down the legal concepts into digestible parts for non-lawyers. It does this while giving things a very thorough treatment, including variations in state laws.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars paralegal February 6, 2010
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This book is very helpful. It gets to the point, without using a lot of unnecessary details.
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4.0 out of 5 stars required reading... literally. June 27, 2010
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This book was required for a class. And being straight-forward, this is not the particular area of law that I'm interested in. That being said, the book is well-organized and easy to follow. If you don't need it as a required text, I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in crafting a will and the legal processes around it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS EDITION February 19, 2014
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This edition is exactly like 7th edition. I compared my class's required 7th edition to this, and ended up purchasing this for only $13 bucks. If you are required to get 7th edition for class, just save your money and buy this instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penney January 21, 2014
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Book is in excellent condition, like new, except for a few scuff on the outside cover. I am very pleased with the purchase experience. The only concern that I had was that I was not able to trace the sipping and it took a long time to get to me. However it did come in the specified shipping window. Excellent price
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gives tons of info March 1, 2013
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This is the textbook on Wills Trusts and Estate Administration. The author gave plenty of practical examples and very well written.
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3.0 out of 5 stars paralegal December 2, 2012
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If you want to be a paralegal, great book. I did not want to be a paralegal.I do still have the book, good reference to the topic at hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy to understand November 18, 2012
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great book, easy to read, easy to understand and opens a lot of info towards this exciting field of law
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