Eutsler, Hinkle, Hyland, Oren, Solomon
American law gives an individual substantial control over what happens to his or her assets at death
through leaving a will, setting up a trust, or using other devices. (Is it right for individuals to have so
much control?) This course Introduces students to some of the fundamental law relating to these devices.
We explore what limits exist on an individual's control of what happens to his or her assets after death ;
what happens if there is no will; what the requirements are for making a valid will and what counts as
part of the will; what to do if a beneficiary dies before the maker of the will; how we construe wills; how
much capacity an individual needs to make a valid will; what the limits are on pressure by others on the
will-maker; what is a trust and how one might be used to accomplish an individual's wishes; how we
handle attempts to disinherit a surviving spouse or omissions of a child from a will. This course must be
taken before Estate Planning.