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Wills, Trusts, and Estates for Legal Assistants 5E

Front Cover - Wills, Trusts, and Estates for Legal Assistants 5E

Fifth Edition

Gerry W. Beyer
Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law
Texas Tech University School of Law

John K. Hanft
San Francisco State University
College of Extended Learning
Paralegal Studies Program

2015. 588 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-5121-9. With Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

Using an effective “learn by doing” approach, Wills, Trusts, and Estates for Legal Assistants emphasizes examples and applications, and includes hundreds of real life situations with detailed explanations. Students understand what the rules of law mean and how they apply in a real world context. The complete topic coverage introduces wills and trusts, intestate succession, estate administration, nonprobate transfers, and other estate planning issues such as taxes and malpractice. A balanced, experienced author team skillfully blends theory with practice. Extensive pedagogy reinforces the text, with marginal terms and a glossary, ethical points, checklists, practice tips, and sample forms. The instructor's manual provides a summary of chapters, a model course outline, exam questions, assignment ideas, exercises, and a research guide for wills, trusts, and estates. 

Look for these key features of the new edition:

• The book includes hundreds of examples of real life situations with detailed explanations of the consequences. These examples help students understand what the rules of law mean and how they apply in a real world context. 
• Extensive pedagogy reinforces the discussions in each chapter, with marginal terms, ethical points, checklists, sample forms, and a glossary of terms.
• Practice tips that highlight the key role legal assistants play on the estate planning team and that illustrate best practices make this volume a useful resource for practitioners as well as students.

Preface / Sample Chapters