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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Family Property Law Casebook

Gallanis_Family_CM_FP_mock_tiny Thomas P. Gallanis (N. William Hines Chair in Law, University of Iowa) has just published the Fifth Edition of the book Family Property Law: Cases and Materials on Wills, Trusts, and Future Interests (Foundation Press 2011). The publisher’s description of the book is below:

Foundation Press is delighted to present the Fifth Edition of this highly regarded casebook, known for its innovative emphasis on the connection between the law of trusts and estates and the changing American family. The Fifth Edition incorporates the most recent material from the Uniform Law Commission and the American Law Institute, and discusses the very latest “hot” topics, including trust protectors, directed trusts, trust decanting, family offices, and donor standing to enforce charitable trusts.

The authors of this book have been at the forefront of law reform in the field of trusts and estates, and this tradition continues under the authorship of Thomas Gallanis, who serves as associate reporter for the Restatement Third of Trusts, as the assistant executive director of the Uniform Law Commission’s Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts, as co-chair of the uniform laws committee within the ABA Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, and as the reporter for a new drafting committee preparing a uniform law on powers of appointment.

The Fifth Edition has been reorganized to assist instructors in deciding which material to include in a standard three- or four-credit basic course in trusts and estates, and also includes material for a two- or three-credit advanced course. The book emphasizes problems and questions to facilitate classroom discussion and analysis. Among many other things, the book teaches doctrine and policy, planning and drafting, case analysis and statutory interpretation.

The teachers’ manual will be ready by early June. As revised for the Fifth Edition, the manual includes extensive syllabi and notes for classroom teaching. In addition, for instructors adopting the book, overheads and PowerPoint slides will be available, keyed to each chapter.

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