Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

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

Monday, October 3, 2016

Book on Arbitration of Trust Disputes

Arbitration of trust disputeSI Strong recently published a book entitled, Arbitration of Trust Disputes: Issues in National and International Law (2016). Provided below is a summary of the book:

In recent years, numerous jurisdictions have seen a significant shift in thinking about whether and to what extent matters involving the inner workings of a trust - so-called 'internal' trust disputes between settlors, trustees, and beneficiaries - are amenable to arbitration. Not only are parties expressing an increased desire to minimize the cost and delay of hostile trust litigation, but courts and legislatures from around the world have begun to demonstrate an increased willingness to allow these sorts of disputes to go to arbitration. Indeed, legislation allowing internal trust arbitration now exists in a number of jurisdictions, while courts in other countries have begun to allow mandatory arbitration of these types of disputes even in the absence of subject-specific statutes. 

This book discusses recent and anticipated developments concerning trust arbitration in a variety of domestic and cross-border settings. In so doing, the text not only provides necessary information about the special nature of national and international trust arbitration, it also bridges the gap between trust law and arbitration law by bringing together authors with expertise in both fields. Furthermore, this book is the first to provide detailed and critical analysis of various institutional initiatives in the area of trust arbitration (including measures proposed by the American Arbitration Association, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the English Trust Law Committee, and the International Chamber of Commerce) and to offer in-depth coverage of various national, international, and comparative issues, including the applicability of the New York Convention and the Hague Trust Convention to internal trust arbitration. As a result, this book is a must-have for specialists in both trust law and arbitration law.


October 3, 2016 in Books, Books - For Practitioners, Books - For the Classroom, Estate Planning - Generally, Trusts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Book on Mediation for Estate Planners

MediationSusan N. Gary recently published a book entitled, Mediation for Estate Planners: Managing Family Conflict (2016). Provided below is a summary of the book:

This book represents an important new resource for attorneys to assist clients in resolving--and avoiding--disputes in an estate planning practice.

Estate planners and elder law practitioners are increasingly aware of the availability of mediation as a tool for resolving family disputes. Probate courts around the country are increasingly interested in encouraging parties to try mediation before resorting to litigation. But by the time a dispute reaches the probate court, damage to family relationships may have already occurred.

Mediation for Estate Planners: Managing Family Conflict provides the basic tools to understand and employ mediation within an estate planning practice and appreciate the usefulness of these alternative dispute resolution processes.

A lawyer familiar with mediation can help clients resolve disputes in a way that accomplishes the client's personal as well as legal goals. Written by an experienced team of attorneys and mediators, Mediation for Estate Planners:

  • Supplies the basic tools to understand and employ mediation within an estate planning practice
  • Provides guidance for lawyers in recommending mediation to clients at an early stage so that families are able to resolve disagreements with less damage to personal relationships
  • Offers perspectives from both the mediator and the lawyer
  • Considers the range of specific applications for mediation, including its use at the planning stage and after death; use in guardianship and conservatorship; end of life decision-making; and more
  • Examines and explains the ways that mediation can help in family business succession planning, and much more!

Topics are organized in these sections for ease of use and reference:

  • Understanding the essential elements of mediation
  • Practical perspectives
  • Specific applications in the estate planning and administration context
  • Mediator as consultant: family business succession planning
  • Arbitration
  • Resources for practice, including a Tool Kit, bibliography, and more


September 26, 2016 in Books, Books - For Practitioners, Books - For the Classroom, Elder Law, Estate Planning - Generally | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Book on Inherited IRAs Now 50% Off

Inherited irasSeymour Goldberg’s book entitled, Inherited IRAs: What Every Practitioner Must Know, 2015 Edition is now 50% off. Provided below is a summary of the book:

Many taxpayers have accumulated considerable assets in their retirement accounts. These assets may be in their 401(k), or other types of qualified retirement plans.  Many will roll over their retirement assets from an employer-sponsored retirement plan into a rollover IRA without a full understanding of the implications to their beneficiaries. In these situations, oversight can result in a morass of penalties about which a less-informed practitioner may be completely unaware.

Inherited IRA’s: What Every Practitioner Must Know is your guide to understanding these rules and effectively implementing an estate plan that includes retirement assets, written especially for the legal practitioner. It includes more than 100 scenarios, questions, and answers that you will most likely encounter as a practitioner dealing with often complex retirement asset distributions.

Checklists, sample forms, and summaries of court rulings on inherited IRA cases provide you with additional tools and resources that will help you best assist your clients through what is often a difficult time in their lives.

This 2015 edition is updated to include all of the recent changes to the rules and regulations surrounding estate planning and retirement asset distributions that have been enacted over the past year.


September 21, 2016 in Books, Books - For Practitioners, Books - For the Classroom, Estate Planning - Generally | Permalink | Comments (0)

Newest Edition of Contemporary Trusts and Estates

Trusts and estatesSusan N. Gary, Jerome Borison, Naomi R. Cahn, & Paula A. Monopoli’s newest edition of Contemporary Trusts and Estates, Third Edition will be available for Spring 2017 classes. Provided below is a summary of the book:

This third edition casebook captures the rapid evolution of doctrine in trusts and estates law that has occurred over the past half-century in response to profound societal and demographic changes. Influenced by recent developments in legal education, this casebook integrates legal analysis, judgment and perspective, ethics, and practice skills. It focuses simultaneously on the theoretical foundations and practical applications of the material, teaching students by using traditional case analysis, and innovative exercises. 

Professors and students will benefit from: 

  • Reorganized coverage of Wills before Trusts, beginning with an overview of the familial relationships at the core of all trusts and estates.
  • Extensive textual explanations that present the law and its many nuances. 
  • The inclusion of practice skills and exercises in response to recent ABA requirements.
  • Fact-based problems that required students to explore cases, the UPC, UTC, and other statutes, as well as the MRPC, in depth.
  • Document drafting, role-playing, and letter-writing-to-clients exercises. 
  • Numerous updates including:  Post-Obergefell v. Hodges developments for same-sex families, additional material on decanting and the new Uniform Trust Decanting Act, inclusion of the Uniform Powers of Appointment Act, discussion of planning for digital assets, and the Incorporation of 2016 ACTEC Commentary on the Model Rules.

September 21, 2016 in Books, Books - For Practitioners, Books - For the Classroom, Estate Planning - Generally, Trusts, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 19, 2016

University of Minnesota Law School Receives Historical Works on Wills & Estates

Law libraryThe University of Minnesota Law Library recently received a donation of rare law books from the collection of Raymond A. and Ruth A. Reister. The donation includes nearly 100 titles on inheritance, wills, and estates in Anglo-American law. Specifically, library patrons will now be able to benefit from works by William Blackstone and Francis Bacon along with a 16th-century treatise and humorous works on eccentric wills.

See Law Library Announces Gift of Important Historical Works on Wills and Estates, University of Minnesota Law School, June 17, 2016.

Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.

September 19, 2016 in Books, Estate Planning - Generally, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Book on Trusts & Estates: Concepts & Insights

Leslie and sterkMelanie B. Leslie & Stewart E. Sterk recently published a book entitled, Leslie and Sterk’s Trusts and Estates, 3d (Concepts and Insights Series) (2016). Provided below is a summary of the book:

The Third Edition of Concepts and Insights on Trusts and Estates makes complex doctrinal rules easier to understand by exploring the history and rationale behind those rules. The analysis is thorough, and focuses both on common law doctrines and statutory reforms—with an emphasis on the Uniform Probate Code and the Uniform Trust Code. Each substantive chapter closes with a set of exam-like problems designed to test understanding of the material included in the chapter. The authors also include thorough solutions to each of these problems. This is the only book in the field that combines thorough doctrinal analysis with more than 60 review problems, each with complete solutions.

September 15, 2016 in Books, Books - For Practitioners, Books - For the Classroom, Estate Planning - Generally, Trusts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book on International Estate Planning

International estate planning book Barbara Hauser recently published a book entitled, International Estate Planning: A Reference Guide (Updated September 2015). Provided below is a summary of the book:

International Estate Planning: A Reference Guide, is a practical and authoritative resource for those seeking key information in the estate planning field. Practitioners and foreign advisers, whose clients have assets, children, parents or a spouse in other countries, or whose tax liabilities are difficult to define because of nationality, employment, or residence issues, and U.S. executives working in foreign countries will find straightforward, useful information in this guide. Equipped with a companion CD the appendix to the book contains copies of fillable tax forms and notices, relevant treaties and Hague conventions, as well as a list of organizations and resources to quickly help the reader obtain the answers they need. 

August 19, 2016 in Books, Books - For Practitioners, Estate Planning - Generally | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Handbook on Personal Finance

Personal finance handbookBrian Kuhn recently published a book entitled, The Personal Finance Handbook: All the Best Personal Finance Questions & Their Answers (2015). Provided below is a summary of the book:

Successful financial planning requires specialized knowledge, and costly mistakes can be easy to make. The author focuses on helping middle-income Americans reach their financial goals. Further, the author discusses the importance of proper estate planning, how to approach investment and retirement savings, and how to improve and maintain your credit rating.

August 4, 2016 in Books, Estate Planning - Generally | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Book on Estate Planning Guide for Qualified Retirement Plan Benefits

Retirement book Louis A. Mezzullo recently published a book entitled, An Estate Planner’s Guide to Qualified Retirement Plan Benefits, Fifth Edition (ABA Book Publishing). Provided below is a summary of the book:

This ABA bestseller has helped thousands of estate planners understand the complex rules and regulations governing qualified retirement plan distributions and IRAs. Now newly updated, An Estate Planner’s Guide to Qualified Retirement Benefits provides expert and current guidance for structuring benefits from qualified retirement plans and IRAs, consistently relating key distribution issues to current estate planning practice. Topics covered include:

  • The different types of qualified plans and the tax and non-tax rules relating to them
  • The forms of distribution and the situations in which they need to be considered
  • Penalty taxes
  • Distribution requirements and how to calculate them
  • Income taxation and handling rollovers
  • Transfer taxes
  • Spousal rights, QDROs, and community property considerations
  • Estate and trust administration issues
  • Practical planning strategies to avoid penalty and excise taxes on distributions while incurring the lowest income tax

July 18, 2016 in Books, Books - For Practitioners, Estate Planning - Generally, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax, Income Tax, Trusts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Quick Review on Wills, Trusts, & Estates

Quick reviewJeffrey N. Pennell & Alan Newman recently published a book entitled, Pennell and Newman’s Quick Review of Wills, Trusts, and Estates, 5th, West Academic Publishing (2016). Provided below is a description of the book:

This book provides an outline and analysis of Wills, Trusts & Estates, convenient for class or exam preparation. In addition, It provides clear and concise explanations of legal concepts and terms, along with exam hints, strategies, and study tips. Topics covered include intestacy, will execution formalities and contest, revocation, will contracts, will substitutes, construction, restrictions on disinheritance, trust creation and operation, powers of appointment, future interests, planning for incapacity, the Rule Against Perpetuities, wealth transfer taxation, and much more. This title also includes self-testing and diagnostic review questions. Sample essay questions with model answers and detailed explanations are also included.

June 21, 2016 in Books, Estate Planning - Generally, Trusts, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0)