Tuesday, January 3, 2023
New Book: Trusts and Private Wealth Management: Developments and Directions
Cambridge University Press recently published Trusts and Private Wealth Management: Developments and Directions:
There has been insufficient literature focusing on the world-changing rise of Asian wealth. Private wealth in Asia is very substantial, with 33 per cent of the global population of high-net-worth individuals based in Asia. Yet, there is a dearth of legal analysis of Asian wealth, particularly by texts written in English. This collection aims to fill that gap, with chapters on legal issues in relation to Asian wealth transmission, investments in international real estate, familial disputes, family offices and private trust companies. A substantive section of this book also focuses on the changing legal context with chapters exploring trusts and cryptoassets, constructive trust, trustee's discretion and decision-making, changing regulatory environment and abuse of trust structures. This collection of essays on trusts and wealth management presents a focus on Asian wealth and the changing legal context, and follows the related publication, Trusts and Modern Wealth Management (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
- Gives readers new and diverse perspectives on the subject, written by leading figures in the field
- Covers many highly topical areas of practice and development in trust law, Asian wealth and changing legal context
- Offers a novel collection on trusts and wealth management, drawing together perspectives and insights not widely available elsewhere
Richard Nolan, University of York
Richard Nolan is Professor of Law at the University of York and previously Reader in Corporate and Trust Law at the University of Cambridge. His work has been cited by judges in the UK, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and Hong Kong. He has been a consultant to several governmental bodies.
Hang Wu Tang, Singapore Management University
Tang Hang Wu is a Professor at the Yong Pung How School of Law, Singapore Management University researching on equity, trusts and wealth management. Hang Wu has published widely and advised local and international law firms, high-net-worth individuals, US Department of Justice and banks and trust companies on trust law.
Man Yip, Singapore Management University
Man Yip is an Associate Professor at the Yong Pung How School of Law, Singapore Management University research on equity, trusts, remedies and private international law. She has published widely in international peer reviewed journals and her work has been cited in leading treatises and courts.
Richard Nolan, Tang Hang Wu, Yip Man, Lady Mary Arden, Thomas P Gallanis, Edward S W Ti, Lusina Ho, Rebecca Lee, Vincent Ooi, Chan Ee Lin, Kelvin F.K. Low, James Lee, David Pollard, Tobias Barkley, Simone Wong, Jessica Palmer, Graham Virgo
January 3, 2023 in Books, Estate Planning - Generally | Permalink | Comments (0)
Thursday, December 15, 2022
New Business Law Book: The Fraudulent Transfer of Wealth: Unwound and Explained
New book alert! The Fraudulent Transfer of Wealth: Unwound and Explained by David J. Slenn is available to help planners successfully plan for their clients, while navigating complex fraudulent transfer laws to ensure the effective transfer of wealth.
Renowned author David Slenn examines the intersection between fraudulent transfer law and its application to modern day wealth transfer planning transactions. Providing a thorough history of the applications of fraudulent wealth transfer law, the book examines fraudulent transfer law and wealth tranfer planning, issues for wealth transfer planners and creditors, the uniform acts, and more.
Modern fraudulent transfer law dates back to the Roman era, however, fraudulent transfer law in the U.S. closely reflects the law developed in England and the Statute of 13 Elizabeth. This unique guide tracks the historical development of this aqncient creditors' rights law, as well as addresses and warns against fraudulent wealth transfer.
Wealth transfer planning is a legitimate service if done properly. However, it is important for all parties impacted by the transfer of wealth to understand the scope and application of fraudulent transfer law. This book discusses the factors involved with the fraudulent transfer of wealth and outlines steps that planners can take to minimize a transaction's exposure to avoidance. Proactive measures that creditors can take to reduce the chance of losing assets or legal measures to restore the creditor are discussed. Real-life scenarios are included to show where advisers face liability for their role in facilitating the transfer of wealth meant to frustrate a creditor's claim.
Today, the transfer of wealth can still be challenged successfully using centuries' old fraudulent conveyance law. This book includes an extensive listing of case law that provides ample opportunity for creditors to analyze new strategies by analogy to old tricks. This book will guide wealth transfer planners to plan for their clients successfully, while navigating complex fraudulent transfer laws to ensure the effective transfer of wealth.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this to my attention.
December 15, 2022 in Books, Estate Planning - Generally | Permalink | Comments (0)
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
New Edition of Wills, Trusts, and Estates--Examples & Explanations Published
Wills, Trusts, and Estates: Examples and Explanations covers intestate succession, wills, trusts, estate administration, nonprobate assets, wealth transfer taxation, disability and death planning (including elder law concerns), and malpractice and professional responsibility. This book is designed to augment Wills, Trusts, and Estates and related courses that expose students to estate planning, decedents’ estates, and trusts. This book also provides essential background and review material for students taking advanced courses in estate planning, elder law, and wealth transfer taxation. The discussion, along with the examples and explanations, covers both the theoretical and practical applications of the legal concepts.
New to the 8th Edition:
- The development of electronic wills, electronic signatures and notarization, and other components of estate planning in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Updated percentages and exemption amounts for gift, estate, and generation-skipping tax
- Revision of content and standards from the Uniform Probate Code, Uniform Trust Code, and other uniform laws to reflect recent changes and amendments
- Developments in physician-assisted suicide
- Updated casebook correlation tables reflect new editions of the major casebooks
- Text and examples updated and “fine-tuned” to enhance readability and pedagogical value
October 26, 2022 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)
Monday, October 24, 2022
New Titles from Carolina Academic Press
Fundamentals of Trusts and Estates
Roger W. Andersen & Ira Mark Bloom
2022 • 824 pp • 978-1-5310-2484-0 • $215.00 • casebound
Teacher’s Manual available
This edition continues to provide a lean set of materials, flexibly structured to accommodate different lengths of courses. Specifically updated, in addition to case developments, are the 2019 UPC Amendments to the intestacy and class gifts areas, including extensive treatment of parentage and descendancy based on assisted reproductive technologies. The Uniform Electronic Wills Act and the Fiduciary Income and Principal Act are also covered.
Following a largely traditional organization, the book presents fundamental material clearly and concisely while including creative vehicles for further inquiry. Questions and problems provide the flexibility for teachers to tailor their courses to meet the needs of their particular students and curriculum. Without the inconvenience of hopping and skipping, teachers can ignore, focus upon, or expand upon different problems and questions. The excerpted readings fulfill the same function—they can serve as background or as springboards for further inquiry. Policy debates, ethics issues, and practical considerations lace their way through the material. Often by placing students in various roles, the questions and problems help students develop skills and values to carry throughout their professional careers.
Understanding Trusts and Estates
Roger W. Andersen & Susan N. Gary
2022 • 432 pp • 978-1-5310-2560-1 • $55.00 • paper
This new edition of Understanding Trusts and Estates retains the style and clear language that have kept generations of students engaged as they explore this intriguing field. Updates include coverage of electronic wills, new uniform act treatment of the parent-child relationship and unmarried cohabitants, directed trusts and trust protectors, and the uniform power of appointment act. Examples, charts, cross-references among similar concepts, and frameworks for analyzing problem areas all combine to give students the tools to deepen their understanding. Examples throughout the book demonstrate how trusts and estates doctrines affect real people.
Although the book is designed primarily as a student supplement, some teachers have used it successfully as the primary text, supplemented by statutory materials, for both the basic course and for more specialized courses. Practicing attorneys may also find it useful if they are new to the subject or have been away from it for some time.
October 24, 2022 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Article: Book Review: A Better Understanding of Common Law Ownership of Trust Property and its Introduction in China Through Comparative Studies
Andrew Godwin recently published an article entitled, Book Review: A Better Understanding of Common Law Ownership of Trust Property and its Introduction in China Through Comparative Studies, Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law ejournal (2022).
Provided below is the abstract to the Article:
Book review of: Ruiqiao Zhang, A Better Understanding of Common Law Ownership of Trust Property and its Introduction in China Through Comparative Studies. Guangzhou: World Publishing Guangdong Co Ltd, 2019
March 15, 2022 in Articles, Books, Estate Administration, Estate Planning - Generally | Permalink | Comments (0)
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Hirsch & McGovern California Probate Code Annotated 2022 edition released
The 2022 edition of Adam J. Hirsch & William M. McGovern's California Probate Code Annotated was recently released. Here is a summary of this volume:
Hirsch & McGovern California Probate Code Annotated, 2022 ed. (California Desktop Codes) is your comprehensive resource for probate law and estate planning in California. It provides you with the complete text of the California Probate Code, related state and federal statutes, and rules of court regarding estate planning and probate.
This volume contains:
- Authoritative commentary, annotations, and analysis of leading cases
- Law Revision Commission editorial notes that provide additional guidance in the construction and application of particular sections
- References to Witkin’s Summary of California Law, 10th which direct you toward further research
- A table of Judicial Council forms to help you identify forms to be used in conjunction with the statutes and rules
- A table of cases illustrating the cases discussed in the author’s commentary
- A table of affected sections indicating recent modifications
- Underlining to indicate additions or changes in statutes
- Asterisks to indicate deletions.
February 26, 2022 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)
Thursday, February 3, 2022
New book: An Attorney’s Introductory Guide to the IRA Distribution Rules Under the Secure Act
Seymour Goldberg's new book, An Attorney’s Introductory Guide to the IRA Distribution Rules Under the Secure Act, is now available for purchase from the website of the New York County Lawyers Association. Here is a description of his book:
February 3, 2022 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
An Attorney’s Introductory Guide to the IRA Distribution Rules Under the Secure Act
New York County Lawyers Association has just released Seymour Goldberg's excellent eBook entitled An Attorney’s Introductory Guide to the IRA Distribution Rules Under the Secure Act. As the website to order this book explains:
November 17, 2021 in Books, Non-Probate Assets | Permalink | Comments (0)
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Article: The Reasonably Loyal Person
Andrew S. Gold recently published an article entitled, The Reasonably Loyal Person, Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law ejournal (2021). Provided below is the abstract to the Article:
This chapter is a contribution to a book on John Gardner’s work in private law theory. The chapter takes up a puzzle that Gardner raised: why is there no “reasonably loyal trustee” in fiduciary law? Notably, he proposes that the role of a trustee might lack a law-independent counterpart. That, in turn, could make it impossible for trust law (and by implication, fiduciary law) to “pass the buck” to whatever it is that the “reasonably loyal person” would do. I will suggest that fiduciary relationships frequently do have law-independent counterparts, and moreover that such counterparts can evolve over time. Relatedly, I will argue that a wide range of extra-legal conceptions of loyalty are available for buck passing purposes; not all loyalty is built on a prior meaningful relationship between a loyal party and the object of her loyalty. Lastly, I will conclude with some thoughts on why buck passing could be valuable.
November 13, 2021 in Articles, Books, Estate Administration, Estate Planning - Generally | Permalink | Comments (0)
Monday, August 2, 2021
Succession Drama Grips Scholastic: CEO's Sudden Death, an Office Romance and a Surprise Will
In June, M. Richard Robinson Jr., the longtime lead of Scholastic Corp., died suddenly while on a walk in Martha's Vineyard. Robinson Jr.'s death was not the only surprise, as he also left behind a surprising succession plan.
Instead of giving control of the publisher to his two sons, his siblings, or his ex-wife, control went to Iole Lucchese, Scholastic's chief strategy officer. Lucchese also inherited all of his personal possessions.
In his 2018 will, Robinson described Ms. Lucchese as "my partner and closest friend." Lucchese has been with the company for 30-years. Ms. Lucchese and Mr. Robinson had been "longtime romantic partners, according to interviews with family members and former employees.
The surprise heir has "set in motion a family succession drama at the century-old-company." The company, which is one of the world's largest publishers of children's books like the Harry Potter novels and Magic School Bus series, now has its future being called into question due to Lucchese's "sudden emergence as Scholastic's heir."
Some family members have began to review their legal options—like reaching an agreement with Ms. Lucchese to transfer some voting shares to family members or to "ensure that get a greater share of the estate."
Richard Robinson's youngest son, Maurice Robinson, stated that his father's decision to give control to Ms. Lucchese was "unexpected and shocking." John Benham Robinson, Richard Robinson's eldest son, described his father's estate plans as "salt in an open wound."
See Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg & Shalini Ramachandran, Succession Drama Grips Scholastic: CEO's Sudden Death, an Office Romance and a Surprise Will , The Wall Street Journal, August 1, 2021.
Special thanks to David S. Luber (Florida Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.
August 2, 2021 in Books, Estate Administration, Estate Planning - Generally, Wills | Permalink | Comments (1)