Wills, Trusts, and Estates Administration, 5th edition

Published by Pearson (January 23, 2017) © 2018

  • Suzan D. Herskowitz

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  • A flexible, accessible approach
    • Covers the essentials needed by all levels of students
    • Suitable for semester, quarter, accelerated, and online classes
    • Presented in self-contained chapters, allowing instructors to pick and choose the material that fits their needs
  • A balance of practical and theoretical content
    • Written by a lawyer with 30 years in the estate planning field who shares her day-to-day knowledge and experiences
    • NEW! New cases added to chapters as needed
    • NEW! New examples of estate planning documents where warranted
    • UPDATED! Statutes are updated throughout
  • A focus on issues pertinent to Americans today, among them:
    • NEW! Makes use of current statistics concerning the aging population in the United States—students see how current trends affect the estate planning industry
    • The growing population of families in second marriages
    • Blended families and families in which grandparents are raising their grandchildren
    • Families that include non-married or same-sex couples
    • NEW! More information on death with dignity laws
    • NEW! More information on elder financial abuse
    • NEW! Excludes issues regarding same-sex marriage from the chapter on non-traditional families to concur with the change in the law and considers those families with the rest of the book as the norm under current law.
  • UPDATED! Key pedagogical changes include:
    • More Review Questions have been added to ensure that students master key chapter concepts.
    • New Project Assignments have been added to develop student’s analytical and critical thinking skills.
    • More headings, lists, and bullet points have been added to the text narrative to make it easier for students to identify and locate key topics within chapters.
    • More and varied examples have been added throughout the text, including updated case law and statutes.
  • A balance of practical and theoretical content
    • New cases added to chapters as needed
    • New eamples of estate planning documents where warranted
    • Statutes are updated throughout
  • A focus on issues pertinent to Americans today, among them:
    • Makes use of current statistics concerning the aging population in the United States—students see how current trends affect the estate planning industry
    • More information on death with dignity laws
    • More information on elder financial abuse
    • Ecludes issues regarding same-se marriage from the chapter on non-traditional families to concur with the change in the law and considers those families with the rest of the book as the norm under current law.
  • Key pedagogical changes include:
    • More Review Questions have been added to ensure that students master key chapter concepts.
    • New Project Assignments have been added to develop student’s analytical and critical thinking skills.
    • More headings, lists, and bullet points have been added to the tet narrative to make it easier for students to identify and locate key topics within chapters.
    • More and varied eamples have been added throughout the tet, including updated case law and statutes.
  1. Purpose and Need for a Will
  2. Property
  3. Testate or Intestate
  4. The Will
  5. Will Preparation and Drafting
  6. Advance Directives
  7. Planning for Non-Traditional Families
  8. Trusts: Elements and Purpose
  9. Specialized Trusts and Gifts
  10. The Personal Representative
  11. Estate Administration
  12. Tax Considerations in Estate Administration
  13. The Probate Court and Uniform Laws
  14. Paralegals and Ethics

Appendices
A. Important Cases Concerning the Right to Die
B. Selected Wills of Famous People
C. Internet Websites
Appendix D

Glossary

Suzan Herskowitz is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. Ms. Herskowitz has been practicing law since 1986 and is licensed in Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, and Texas. In addition to being a sole practitioner with an emphasis on wills, trusts, estate planning, elder law, real estate, and business planning, Ms. Herskowitz has utilized her law school education in numerous and diverse ways. She has been a law librarian at Nova Southeastern University School of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a professor at Keiser College (now Keiser University), and an editor for a publisher of legal books. Ms. Herskowitz has authored a number of legal books. Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration and Legal Research Made Easy, 4th Edition (Sourcebooks). The 2nd edition of Legal Research Made Easy was recommended by Library Journal and highly recommended by the National Association of Legal Assistants' Facts and Findings. In 1995, portions of the book were translated into Russian for the American Legal Consortium. She lectures frequently on estate planning and other topics of interest. She has been featured on WACV, a Montgomery, Alabama radio show and on the Phil Grandy Show on WQAM, a Sarasota, Florida station. She was also featured on Tampa's FOX affiliate. Ms. Herskowitz has been profiled in various print media including the Palm Beach Post, the Stuart (Florida) News and Investor's Business Daily. She has been a featured guest on The River's Valley Business Today (95.3 FM) in Virginia a few times.

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