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The Beginning Of The End Of Coverture: A Reappraisal Of The Married Woman’S Separate Estate, Allison Anna Tait 2014 SelectedWorks

The Beginning Of The End Of Coverture: A Reappraisal Of The Married Woman’S Separate Estate, Allison Anna Tait

Allison Anna Tait

Before statutory enactments in the nineteenth century granted married women a limited set of property rights, the separate estate trust was, by and large, the sole form of married women’s property. Although the separate estate allowed married women to circumvent the law of coverture, historians have generally viewed the separate estate as an ineffective vehicle for extending property rights to married women. In this Article, I reappraise the separate estate’s utility and argue that Chancery’s separate estate jurisprudence during the eighteenth century was a critical first step in the establishment of married women as property-holders. Separate estates ...


Beyond The Five Stages Of Grief: Best Practices For Estate Mediation And Advising The Bereaved Client, Louise M. Mimnagh 2014 Western University

Beyond The Five Stages Of Grief: Best Practices For Estate Mediation And Advising The Bereaved Client, Louise M. Mimnagh

Western Journal of Legal Studies

In 1789, Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that nothing in this world is certain “except death and taxes.” Yet, as the baby boomer generation increasingly comprises our senior population, a third near-certainty has emerged: family disputes regarding the estate of a deceased family member. This article reviews the Canadian legislative response to these estate disputes thus far through the introduction of Rule 75.1 of the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure. It is argued that the introduction of mandatory mediation provides the Estates Bar with an opportunity to review emerging demands on lawyers as well as mediation and bereavement literature in ...


Protecting Freedom Of Testation: A Proposal For Law Reform, Eike G. Hosemann 2014 University of Michigan Law School

Protecting Freedom Of Testation: A Proposal For Law Reform, Eike G. Hosemann

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

This Article addresses a problem ever more pressing in wealthy and aging societies like the United States: interference with freedom of testation by the use of wrongful means such as undue influence or will forgery to acquire benefits through inheritance. A detailed analysis of the remedies against interference with freedom of testation under inheritance law, tort law, and equity reveals that there is currently a significant under-deterrence of this undesirable behavior. Hence, this Article proposes a new remedy in order to protect freedom of testation more effectively: a disinheritance statute barring wrongdoers that have infringed upon someone’s freedom of ...


How Deep Are The Springs Of Obedience Norms That Bind The Overseers Of Charities?, Johnny R. Buckles 2014 The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

How Deep Are The Springs Of Obedience Norms That Bind The Overseers Of Charities?, Johnny R. Buckles

Catholic University Law Review

No abstract provided.


The Digital Death Conundrum: How Federal And State Laws Prevent Fiduciaries From Managing Digital Property, Christina L. Kunz, Damien A. Riehl, James D. Lamm, Peter J. Rademacher 2014 William Mitchell College of Law

The Digital Death Conundrum: How Federal And State Laws Prevent Fiduciaries From Managing Digital Property, Christina L. Kunz, Damien A. Riehl, James D. Lamm, Peter J. Rademacher

Faculty Scholarship

This article discusses four types of fiduciaries, each of which is affected by the vast growth in and the need to manage digital property. The article begins by defining digital property and discussing why it must be managed. The article then discusses how digital property affects powers of attorney, conservatorships, probate administration, and trusts. After illustrating the problems that digital property creates for each fiduciary, the article shifts to resolving these problems. It begins by debunking purported solutions by both private and governmental entities. It concludes by offering a holistic approach to resolving the conflicts facing account holders, fiduciaries, and ...


Contemporary Trusts And Estates - An Experiential Approach, Jerome Borison, Naomi R. Cahn, Susan N. Gary, Paula A. Monopoli 2014 University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Contemporary Trusts And Estates - An Experiential Approach, Jerome Borison, Naomi R. Cahn, Susan N. Gary, Paula A. Monopoli

Faculty Scholarship

In this essay in a special issue dedicated to teaching trusts and estates, the co-authors of Contemporary Trusts & Estates: An Experiential Approach (2d. ed. Aspen 2014) reflect on how the teaching of trusts and estates can integrate policy, practice, doctrine, and centuries of tradition. They describe the genesis of their problem-based casebook and the influence of the Carnegie Report on their choice of pedagogic framework. Each of the co-authors embraced the fundamental principles advocated by the Carnegie Report, which counsels that legal education should integrate “theoretical and practical legal knowledge and professional identity.” This essay goes on to outline how ...


Page, Leonard, 1762-1836 (Sc 1191), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2013 Western Kentucky University

Page, Leonard, 1762-1836 (Sc 1191), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 1191. Receipts and sundry papers related to the estate of Leonard Page of Logan County, Kentucky.


In Re Est. Of Bennett, 2013 Mt 230, Calli Oiestad 2013 The University of Montana School of Law

In Re Est. Of Bennett, 2013 Mt 230, Calli Oiestad

Montana Law Review

Wrongful death damages and survival damages arise from distinct claims that must be pursued by a decedent’s personal representative in one action. Survival damages belong to the estate and may only be claimed by the decedent’s heirs. Wrongful death damages belong to the decedent’s survivors and are not restricted to his or her heirs.


Living And Dying In A Digital World: Estate Planning For Digital Assets, Greg Lastowka 2013 SelectedWorks

Living And Dying In A Digital World: Estate Planning For Digital Assets, Greg Lastowka

Greg Lastowka

A brief and practical overview of virtual property issues in the context of estate planing.


Freedom Of Contracts, Hanoch Dagan, Michael Heller 2013 BLR

Freedom Of Contracts, Hanoch Dagan, Michael Heller

Tel Aviv University Law Faculty Papers

“Freedom of contracts” has two components: (1) the familiar freedom to bargain for terms within a contract and (2) the long-neglected freedom to choose from among contract types. Theories built on the first freedom have reached an impasse; attention to the second points toward a long-elusive goal, a liberal and general theory of contract law. This theory is liberal because it develops an appealing conception of contractual autonomy grounded in the actual diversity of contract types. It is general because it explains how contract values – utility, community, and autonomy – properly relate to each other across contract types. Finally, it is ...


Au Revoir, Will Contests: Comparative Lessons For Preventing Will Contests , Margaret Ryznar, Angelique Devaux 2013 University of Nevada, Las Vegas -- William S. Boyd School of Law

Au Revoir, Will Contests: Comparative Lessons For Preventing Will Contests , Margaret Ryznar, Angelique Devaux

Nevada Law Journal

No abstract provided.


The Hide And Seek Of Creditors And Debtors: Examining The Effectiveness Of Domestic Asset Protection Trusts For The Massachusetts Settlor, Nina Dow 2013 SelectedWorks

The Hide And Seek Of Creditors And Debtors: Examining The Effectiveness Of Domestic Asset Protection Trusts For The Massachusetts Settlor, Nina Dow

Nina Dow

No abstract provided.


San Marino - Digest Of Trust Law, Andrea Vicari Avv. 2013 SelectedWorks

San Marino - Digest Of Trust Law, Andrea Vicari Avv.

Andrea Vicari Avv.

No abstract provided.


What's Wrong With A Federal Inheritance Tax?, Wendy Gerzog 2013 SelectedWorks

What's Wrong With A Federal Inheritance Tax?, Wendy Gerzog

Wendy Gerzog

Scholars have proposed a federal inheritance tax as an alternative to the current federal transfer tax system, but there are serious flaws with that idea. Those problems include: (1) different tax rates and exemptions based on the decedent’s relationship to the beneficiary; (2) the lack of a tax on lifetime gratuitous transfers, including gifts with retained interests or control; (3) the persistence of most current valuation distortion abuses; and (4) significantly decreased compliance rates and increased administrative costs inherent in a system that taxes transferees on transactions that may be largely unmonitored.

This article reviews common characteristics of existing ...


What's Wrong With A Federal Inheritance Tax?, Wendy Gerzog 2013 SelectedWorks

What's Wrong With A Federal Inheritance Tax?, Wendy Gerzog

Wendy Gerzog

Scholars have proposed a federal inheritance tax as an alternative to the current federal transfer tax system, but there are serious flaws with that idea. Those problems include: (1) different tax rates and exemptions based on the decedent’s relationship to the beneficiary; (2) the lack of a tax on lifetime gratuitous transfers, including gifts with retained interests or control; (3) the persistence of most current valuation distortion abuses; and (4) significantly decreased compliance rates and increased administrative costs inherent in a system that taxes transferees on transactions that may be largely unmonitored.

This article reviews common characteristics of existing ...


Protecting Those Who Need It Most: A Call For Change To The Tax Application Of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders When Placed Into Special Needs Trusts, Conor Francis Linehan 2013 SelectedWorks

Protecting Those Who Need It Most: A Call For Change To The Tax Application Of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders When Placed Into Special Needs Trusts, Conor Francis Linehan

Conor Francis Linehan

This note calls for a change to the way the Internal Revenue Code is applied towards qualified domestic relations orders when used to fund or partially fund special needs trusts, specifically irrevocable (d)(4)(B) trusts created under § 1396p.

The current status of the law is that an individual can roll over a qualified domestic relations order into a new retirement account in a tax-free transfer. If an individual elects to not roll over into a new retirement fund, some additional exemptions to various early termination penalties and lump sum payments have already been carved out of the Code.

This ...


Case Note: In Re Estate Of Brown (Tenn. 2013), Lee T. Nutini 2013 SelectedWorks

Case Note: In Re Estate Of Brown (Tenn. 2013), Lee T. Nutini

Lee T Nutini

A case note analyzing the current conflict in Tennessee precedent concerning contract-based will contests and their jurisdictional challenges. This article is now published in the Tennessee Law Review and is available on Westlaw or LexisNexis at 80 Tenn. L. Rev. 883.


Who Killed The Rule Against Perpetuities?, Grayson M. P. McCouch 2013 Pepperdine University

Who Killed The Rule Against Perpetuities?, Grayson M. P. Mccouch

Pepperdine Law Review

During the last two decades more than half the states have either abolished or substantially weakened the traditional rule against perpetuities. The increased demand for perpetual trusts is widely attributed to the ability of such trusts to avoid federal wealth transfer taxes. Furthermore, recent empirical studies confirm a correlation between repeal of the rule against perpetuities (coupled with favorable state income tax treatment) and increased personal trust assets and average account size. This symposium article discusses the asymmetric benefits and drawbacks of perpetual trusts and concludes that the decline of the rule against perpetuities cannot be explained solely in terms ...


Distracted From Distraction By Distraction: Reimagining Estate Tax Reform, Edward J. McCaffery 2013 Pepperdine University

Distracted From Distraction By Distraction: Reimagining Estate Tax Reform, Edward J. Mccaffery

Pepperdine Law Review

Recent legislation has left a gift and estate tax that will apply to far fewer than 1% of all decedents each year. This Article, prepared for a symposium on Tax Advice for the Second Obama Administration, argues that the estate tax has become largely irrelevant, except ironically as a spur to the creation and perpetuation of dynastic wealth via 'Dynasty Trusts.' The tax no longer meets any compelling policy rationale, such as raising revenue, 'backing up” the income tax, injecting progression into the tax system, or breaking up large concentrations of wealth. It is time to move on, and to ...


Arizona's Slayer Statute: The Killer Of Testator Intent, Adam D. Hansen 2013 Phoenix School of Law

Arizona's Slayer Statute: The Killer Of Testator Intent, Adam D. Hansen

Adam D Hansen

In 2012, the Arizona legislature amended its slayer statute to close loopholes that had emerged during years of slayer case litigation. However, in so doing, the Arizona legislature neglected to consider the adverse impact the amendment would have on the trending social consideration of euthanasia.

This Article sheds light on the unintended legal consequences of Arizona’s current slayer statute, considering the trending social issue of euthanasia. Part Two briefly presents terms, highlights two legal theories that were used in early American jurisprudence, and gives a short history of the codification of modern slayer statutes. Part Three gives an overview ...


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