Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

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

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween

J0412052Many law school classes have one or more holidays which are especially relevant.  For example, Family Law has Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and Father's Day, Labor Law has Labor Day, Environmental Law has Earth Day, Military Law has Memorial Day, and Law and Religion has Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, etc.

Halloween, with its fascination with death, may be the most relevant holiday to those of us interested in wills, trusts, estates, probate, and estate planning.

So, however you celebrate, have fun and be safe!


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In my Wealth Transfers class, I joke with the law students that in this course on Oct. 31 we celebrate “Decedents’ Day.” (You know. When the Dead Hand comes back to check on how its estate plan is doing. That’s a thing. Right?)

In celebration of Decedents’ Day, I give the students candy from a “trust” container labeled with me as the settlor, them as the beneficiaries, me as the trustee, and two students as substitute trustees. In past years, students in one of my smaller classes have been remainder beneficiaries of the Decedents’ Day trust.

Posted by: Robert Rogers | Nov 7, 2021 1:09:03 PM