Trusts and Estates (Ufberg/Solmssen)
T 6:40PM - 8:30PM
Gittis Hall 213
This course is a general survey of the law relating to property transmission by individuals, both during life and at death. The course will study transfers within the probate system - wills and intestate succession - and transfers outside of it, with special attention to the creation and administration of trusts. The course will examine the substantive law, with an emphasis on how the law has changed (or not) as society has changed. The course will cover the Uniform Probate Code and Uniform Trust Code with occasional references to Pennsylvania and New York law. The course will also cover the theoretical and practical aspects of powers of attorney, living wills, incapacity and guardianship. While not a tax class, the course will review the basics of federal wealth transfer taxation and the tools used to achieve tax and other planning goals. Tax classes are not a prerequisite.
Attendance at the one class per week is mandatory. Participation is expected but not graded. Students will be called on from time to time.
Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.
Family Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of family law; Perform legal analysis in the context of family law; Communicate effectively on topics related to family law; Demonstrate an understanding of how family law affects other areas of law.
Property and Real Estate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of property and real estate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of property and real estate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to property and real estate law; Demonstrate an understanding of how property and real estate law affect other areas of law.
"Uniform Trust and Estate Statutes" by Thomas P. Gallanis