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Wills, Trusts, and Estates Examples & Explanations Paperback – February 21, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0735562400 ISBN-10: 0735562407 Edition: 4th
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Product Details

  • Series: Examples & Explanations
  • Paperback: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Aspen Publishers; 4 edition (February 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735562407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735562400
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerry W. Beyer joined the faculty of the Texas Tech University School of Law in June 2005 as the first holder of the Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professorship. Previously, Prof. Beyer taught at St. Mary's University and has served as a visiting professor at several other law schools including Boston College, The Ohio State University, Southern Methodist University, the University of New Mexico, Santa Clara University, and La Trobe University (Australia). He is the recipient of dozens of outstanding and distinguished faculty awards including the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, the most prestigious university-wide teaching award at Texas Tech.

As a state and nationally recognized expert in estate planning, Prof. Beyer is a highly sought after lecturer. He presents dozens of continuing legal education presentations each year for many state and local bar associations, universities, and civic groups.

Prof. Beyer is the editor of the most popular estate planning blawg in the nation and has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles focusing on various aspects of estate planning, including a two volume treatise on Texas wills law, an estate planning casebook, and the Wills, Trusts, and Estates volume of the Examples & Explanations series. He has twice won awards from the American Bar Association's Probate & Property magazine for his writing and is one of the most often downloaded law authors on the Social Science Research Network.

Prof. Beyer serves as a mentor to many students and various law school organizations as well participating regularly in pro bono activities. He is the advisor for the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal and its annual seminar.

Professor Beyer received his J.D. from the Ohio State University summa cum laude and his LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Order of the Coif, an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the American Law Institute.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By jen on December 5, 2007
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I normally love E&E. (The civil procedure E&E is wonderful). This one highly lacks.

The explanations (before the examples) barely skim the surface of many concepts and as a result, I kept having to use another supplement to supplement the explanations of this supplement. The explanations also do not not give you enough black letter law.

Strength of this title - UPC intestate distribution discussion and examples. That's about it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Leo Fuchs on November 29, 2009
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You won't buy this book unless you're taking a law school course on trusts and estates. You want a book that will help you pass your exam. It's absurd to think that anyone else would even consider this particular book.

Sadly, no one mentioned this to Gerry Beyer. Instead of fleshing out concepts and explaining the material the way better E&E volumes do (see Glannon's brilliant Civil Procedure), Beyer just skims over the substantive material. Few topics are afforded more than a short paragraph, and his examples seem more obligatory than illustrative. He almost never references case law, even when obvious important cases warrant discussion.

With his constant preaching on the elements of good practice and superficial treatment of substantive law, it often feels like Beyer is trying to write a dummies guide to trust and estate practice. New lawyers might appreciate his insights, if they're trying to begin practicing in this field, but law students (who, as I said, comprise the entire market for this book) would be better served by a meatier discussion of the law.

If you're trying to make up for poor study habits in the week before an exam, and you're just not satisfied with the free outlines that litter the internet, buy this book. It's a quick read and it won't bog you down with more information than you can memorize. Anyone else should look elsewhere.
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By Leona on April 6, 2013
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I love most of the E&E series and this book was another great buy.

I was a little overwhelmed about the many concepts in my Wills, Trusts and Estates course, and this book was invaluable in helping me understand the course material. The organization was excellent. It laid out all the concepts and sub-concepts relating to intestacy and wills and later in the book it laid out all the kinds of trusts.

I highly recommend this for anyone who needs a conceptual framework for Wills, Trusts, and Estates. If you are looking for black letter law only, this is not the book for you. But if you want to understand the concepts and have them laid out for you in a clear and organized manner, this is the book for you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JohnQ on February 6, 2012
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Excellent supplement to case book. Explains and provides examples that are understandable. If you seeking something to clarify application of wills and trust principles, I would recommend this book.
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