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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Sitkoff appointed to chair Drafting Committee for Uniform Act on Conflict of Laws in Trusts and Estates

Estate planning"Robert H. Sitkoff, the John L. Gray Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, has been appointed chair of the Uniform Law Commission's drafting committee for an Act on Conflict of Laws in Trusts and Estates."

Sitkoff is an expert in wills, trusts, estates, and fiduciary administration and was the youngest tenured professor to receive a chair in Harvard Law School history. " ". He is the surviving co-author of Wills, Trusts, and Estates (10th ed. 2017), the leading American coursebook on trusts and estates, and a co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law (2019). He is also the editor of the Wills, Trusts, and Estates abstracting journal of the Social Science Research Network and an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel." 

Sitkoff has been active in trusts and estates law reform through the American Law Institute (ALI) and the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), so this type of responsibility will not be new to him. 

Sitkoff had this to say about his new appointment, “This will be a fascinating but difficult undertaking. Much of the existing law on conflict of trust laws, which traces mainly to the Restatement (Second) of Conflicts, is stale. It reflects an outmoded and much simpler model of practice,” he said. “Today we have increasing differentiation in state trust laws, an increasingly mobile population, and increasingly complex trust structures that divide fiduciary responsibility among multiple players. So hard conflict of trust laws problems are arising with increasing frequency.”

See Gretchen Ertl, Sitkoff appointed to chair Drafting Committee for Uniform Act on Conflict of Laws in Trusts and Estates, Harvard Law Today, February 12, 2021. 


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