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Wills, Trusts, and Estates 11th Edition by Robert H. Sitkoff, ISBN-13: 978-1543824469



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ Wolters Kluwer; 11th edition (November 16, 2021)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 1072 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1543824463
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1543824469

Widely hailed as one of the best casebooks in legal education, this comprehensive text combines interesting cases, thoughtful analysis, notes, images, and a clear organization for an excellent teaching tool. Cartoons, illustrations, case documents, and photographs provide engaging visual commentary. Sidebars on relevant persons, places, and things provide interesting and sometimes humorous context. A comprehensive Teacher’s Manual provides a complete teaching summary of all materials in the book, and comprehensive PowerPoint slides provide helpful structure for classroom organization.

New to the Eleventh Edition:

  • New section on will execution during the COVID-19 pandemic, with attention to reconciling “presence” with social distancing
  • Updated and completely revised section on electronic or digital wills, with attention to the latest cases and statutes
  • Updated to account for the 2021 and 2019 revisions to the Uniform Probate Code that, among other things, eliminated gender-based distinctions and expanded recognition of non-biological parent-child relationships
  • Updated coverage of wealth and income inequality and new material on recent proposals for a wealth tax
  • Updated and completely revised section on trust decanting, with attention to the latest statutory and case law developments
  • Updated and completely revised section on asset protection trusts, with attention to key choice-of-law and fraudulent transfer principles

Robert H. Sitkoff is the Austin Wakeman Scott Professor of Law and the John L. Gray Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He was the youngest professor with tenure to receive a chair in the history of the school, and he is the only current member of the faculty to hold two chairs within the law school. He has won several teaching awards. Sitkoff’s research focuses on economic and empirical analysis of trusts, estates, and fiduciary administration. His work has been published in leading scholarly journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, and the Journal of Law and Economics, and he is a coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law (2019). A Uniform Law Commissioner from Massachusetts, Sitkoff is the Chair for the drafting committee for an Act on Conflict of Trust and Estate Laws, is a liaison member of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts, and was the Chair for the drafting committee for the Uniform Directed Trust Act (2017). He is also a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. Sitkoff serves as an advisory consultant and expert witness in litigation and regulatory matters involving wills, trusts, estates, and fiduciary administration. He has also led training workshops for trust officers and other professional fiduciaries. Sitkoff edits the Wills, Trusts, and Estates abstracting journal in the Social Science Research Network and is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Jesse Dukeminier is the late Maxwell Professor of Law at UCLA Law School. A professor of law at UCLA for over 40 years, Jesse Dukeminier was renowned for his contributions to the field of property law. His casebooks on property and wills, trusts and estates are among the most widely-used in the country in their fields. For four decades, Dukeminier was widely respected by students and was honored twice as professor of the year by the UCLA School of Law’s graduating classes. Dukeminier received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Teaching and became the first UCLA Law faculty member to receive a University Distinguished Teaching Award. He also received the School of Law’s Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dukeminier was born in West Point, Mississippi and studied at Harvard University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1948. He received his law degree from Yale in 1951 and practiced law with a Wall Street firm. Dukeminier joined UCLA in 1963. He also taught at the University of Kentucky, and he visited at Harvard and the University of Chicago.


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