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258 sec. 001 - Estates and Trusts (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Eric P Rakowski  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


MW 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
Location: Law 110
From January 09, 2023
To April 25, 2023

Course Start: January 09, 2023
Course End: April 25, 2023
Class Number: 32491

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 41
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 82
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This course covers the distribution of a decedent’s property if somebody dies without a will, the drafting and administration of wills, limits on a person’s power to determine what happens to her property when she dies, and the use of trusts and other nonprobate devices to create and control future interests or the passage of property at death. The course emphasizes California law and will prepare students for the California bar exam, though it also considers the rules of non-community property states, such as New York. The course introduces federal gift and estate taxes and the taxation of trusts in a general way, but it is no substitute for a specialized course in estate planning. No previous course work in tax is needed.

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Exam Notes: (F) In-class final exam
Exam Length: 3 hours
Course Category: Tax Law and Policy

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  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates, Eleventh Edition: [Connected eBook with Study Center]
    Robert H. Sitkoff, Jesse Dukeminier
    Edition: 11th ed., 2022
    Publisher: Aspen
    ISBN: 9781543824469
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Price: $313.00
    Price Source: user provided

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