Course Details

Estates, Trusts and Gifts

Every society has established rules and laws for the preservation and transfer of wealth from generation to generation. This seminar will be an introduction to this complex and rich set of overlapping laws, federal and state, governing inheritance, gifts, and intergenerational transfers, with a special emphasis upon transfers to institutions such as museums and universities. Lawyers with expertise in the area, will be invited as guests, along with professional persons responsible for handling such matters, and the various legal disputes and law suits which arise. The basic principles of estates and trusts will be set out at the beginning of the semester with a standard textbook. The students will then begin to do research on their chosen topics in state or federal law. The course offers an opportunity for students to educate themselves about the law of a particular state in the important area of Estates and Trusts, and to familiarize themselves with relevant parts and proposed changes to the United States tax code and state laws.

Catalog Number: PPTYTORT 689
Additional Course Information: Research Writing


Course History

Fall 2018
Title: Estates, Trusts and Gifts
Faculty: Bienen, Leigh B. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 16     Actual: 16

Fall 2017
Title: Estates, Trusts and Gifts: The Dead Hand
Faculty: Bienen, Leigh B. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 6