Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Article on "The Descendants"


Randall W. Roth (Professor of Law at the University of Hawai’i) recently published an article entitled, Deconstructing The Descendants: How George Clooney Ennobled Hawaiian Trusts and Made the Rule Against Perpetuities Sexy, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Vol. 48, No. 2 (Fall 2013).  Provided below is the editors’ synopsis of this article:

The Descendants, an award winning film, depicts real controversies involving old Hawaiian Trusts while highlighting the modern debate of whether Hawai’i is overdeveloped.  This Article, using the film as its basis, gives further insight into the real stories echoed in the film in light of the legal issues that influenced the outcome of each story—that is, the Rule Against Perpetuities and a trustee’s duty to the trust and its beneficiaries.  This Article artfully places the reader in the center of the disputes, begging the question of whether Hawai’i should continue “paving paradise.”


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