Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Susan 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.