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258 sec. 001 - Estates and Trusts (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Eric P. Rakowski  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    MW 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
    Location: Law 170
    From January 13, 2020
    To April 28, 2020

Course Start: January 13, 2020
Course End: April 28, 2020
Class Number: 31522

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 44
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 60
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

What happens to someone's property if she dies without a will? What is involved in executing a valid will? And how much freedom does anyone have to distribute property at death via a will or alternative legal mechanisms? To what degree can one control the ownership or use of property after death by means of trusts or other devices that avoid probate? This course answers these questions. Although it emphasizes California law and will prepare students for the California bar exam, the course also covers in a more general fashion the rules of non-community property states, such as New York. In addition, the course introduces federal gift and estate taxes and the taxation of trusts, but it is no substitute for a specialized course in estate planning. No previous course work in tax is needed.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Tax, Estates, and Trusts

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  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates, Tenth Edition
    Robert H. Sitkoff, Jesse Dukeminier
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    ISBN: 9781454876427
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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