This will focus on an introduction to the subject of wills and probate law. Topics include: basic estate planning including drafting a basic will, as well as the five basic steps of estate administration. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
- Provide definitions when given a list of the key terms in probate law with 80% accuracy.
- Identify and correct and false statements about elder law based on the information provided in the text and lectures with 80% accuracy.
- Give probate documents, locate correct information in response to questions posed in hypothetical fact situations.
- Identify, explain, and classify the various kinds of property, such as real and personal property.
- Identify the disadvantages of failing to have an estate plan in clear and concise writing.
- Describe and draft certain estate planning documents: codicil, power of attorney, healthcare proxy, and living will.
- Give a hypothetical situation, describe the procedure for executing a will.
- Outline the four elements of a trust; the correct answer will include an explanation of a designated beneficiary, a designated trustee, a fund, and actual delivery by the settler to the trustee.
- Explain the three powers that a personal representative may have. Name two duties of a personal representative.
- Name the purpose of a petition, its sections, and draft a petition for estate administration.
- Explain the procedures for notification of creditors, creditors’ options, and how the estate may respond to a claim.
- Explain the inheritance tax and how it is calculated.
- Compare and contrast ancillary and domiciliary administration.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-7)
Study Guides (Weeks 1-7)
Midterm Exam (Weeks 4)
Final Exam (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Gibson, Pamela (2009).Wills, Trusts and Probate Law for Paralegals. Prentice Hall Publishing. ISBN-10: 0132369826 or ISBN-13: 9780132369824
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignment(s)|
Topic: Wealth, Property & Estates
Topic: Intestate Succession
1-3, 6, 7
Topic: Basic Estate Planning
Topic: Drafting a Basic Will
Topic: Overview of Estate Administration and the Personal Representative
Topic: Issurance of Letters of Appointment
1-3, 11, 12
Topic: Inventory and Appraisal and Creditors' Claims
Topic: Tax Documents
Topic: Final Account and Closing the Estate
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