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Wills, Trusts, and Estates in Focus

Naomi R. Cahn, Alyssa DiRusso, and Susan Gary


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    Publication Date: 2/1/2019
    Copyright: 2019
    Pages: 618
    Connected eBook with Study Center + Print Book: 9781454886624
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    Summary of Contents


    Chapter 1 Introduction to the Law and Practice of Trusts and Estates
    Chapter 2 Intestacy
    Chapter 3 Creation of Wills
    Chapter 4 Amendment and Revocation of Wills
    Chapter 5 Wills—Construction and Interpretation
    Chapter 6 Will Contests
    Chapter 7 Nonprobate Transfers and Planning for Incapacity
    Chapter 8 Family Protection
    Chapter 9 Creation of Trusts
    Chapter 10 Rights of Beneficiaries and Creditors in Trust Property
    Chapter 11 Fiduciary Duties and Modification and Termination of Trusts
    Chapter 12 Powers of Appointment
    Chapter 13 Professional Ethics in Trusts and Estates
    Chapter 14 Estate Administration and the Probate Process
    Chapter 15 Introduction to Federal Estate and Gift Taxes

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  • Author Information

    Naomi R. Cahn


    A.B, Princeton University

    J.D., Columbia University

    LL.M., Georgetown University


    Naomi Cahn is the Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School. She has written numerous law review articles on elder law, family law, feminist jurisprudence, and trusts and estates. She has also authored or co-authored books, including the forthcoming &"Homeward Bound: Modern Families, Elder Care, and Loss" (Oxford University Press 2017, with Amy Ziettlow). Marriage Markets (Oxford University Press 2014, with June Carbone) was named as one of the best books of 2014 by both The Economist and Newsweek. Cahn served as the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission's Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Revised (2015), which has now been adopted in more than a dozen states. She received her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, he J.D. from Columbia Law School, and her A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

    At GW Law, she teaches courses on elder law, family law, trusts and estates, and child, family, and state.

    Selected Books

    • The New Kinship. NYU Press, 2013.
    • (With Carbone, June.) Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarizaton and the Creation of Culture. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.
    • (With Douglas E. Abrams, Catherine J. Ross, & David D. Meyer). Contemporary Family Law. 2nd ed. St. Paul: Thomson/West, 2015.
    • First edition published in 2006.
    • Test Tube Families: Why the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulations. New York: New York University Press, 2009.
    • (With Hollinger, Joan Heifetz). Families by Law: An Adoption Reader. New York: New York University Press, 2004.

    Susan N. Gary

    Susan Gary is the Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty she practiced estate planning and advised charitable organizations at Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown LLP) in Chicago and worked in international taxation at DeBandt, van Hecke and Lagae in Brussels. Her research examines the regulation of charities, fiduciary duties and the prudent investor rule, the definition of family for inheritance purposes, donor intent in connection with restricted charitable gifts, and the use of mediation in estate planning and probate. She is a Trustee of the University of Oregon Board of Trustees, an Academic Fellow and former Regent of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the Oregon Law Commission. She has been a member of Council of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section of the ABA and chair of the Estate Planning and Administration Section of the Oregon State Bar. Prof. Gary served as Reporter for the Drafting Committees of the Uniform Law Commission that developed the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) and the Model Protection of Charitable Assets Act.

    • Mediation for Estate Planners: Managing Family Conflict, editor and chapter author (American Bar Association: 2016).
    • Bogert’s Law of Trusts and Trustees, §§ 321-352 (2d ed. revised) (2015).
    • Values and Value: University Endowments, Fiduciary Duties, and ESG Investing, 42 The Journal of College and University Law 247 (2016).
    • Definitions of Children and Descendants: Construing and Drafting Wills and Trust Instruments, 5 Texas Tech Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal 283 (2013).
    • The Probate Definition of Family: A Proposal for Guided Discretion in Intestacy, 45 Mich. J. of L. Reform (2012).
    • Is It Prudent to be Responsible: The Legal Rules for Charities that Engage in Socially Responsible Investing and Mission Investing, 6 Nw. J.L. & Soc. Pol'y 106 (2011).
    • The Problems with Donor Intent: Interpretation, Enforcement, and Doing the Right Thing, 85 Chicago-Kent L. Rev. 977 (2010).
    • We Are Family: The Definition of Parent and Child for Succession Purposes, 34 ACTEC Journal 171 (2008).
    • Charities, Endowments, and Donor Intent: The Uniform Management of Institutional Funds Act, 41 Georgia L. Rev. 1277 (2007).
    • Transfer-on-Death Deeds: the Nonprobate Revolution Continues.” 41 Real Prop., Prob. & Trust J. 529 (2007).
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