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How Many #Followers Do You Have?: Evaluating The Rise Of Social Media And Issues Concerning In Re Ctli’S Determination That Social Media Accounts Are Property Of The Estate, Patricia A. Leeson 2017 The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

How Many #Followers Do You Have?: Evaluating The Rise Of Social Media And Issues Concerning In Re Ctli’S Determination That Social Media Accounts Are Property Of The Estate, Patricia A. Leeson

Catholic University Law Review

With the rise of social media use, legal disputes have surfaced with litigants looking to the courts to determine issues of ownership and legal authority. As a matter of first impression, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Texas held that a Twitter and Facebook social media account were to be regarded as property of the estate pursuant to Section 541 of the Bankruptcy Code. The court analogized the social media accounts to subscriber lists because they provide valuable access to customers. Although the court addressed the question of whether social media applications are to be regarded as property in bankruptcy ...


Liberty And Community In Marriage: Expanding On Massey’S Proposal For A Community Property Option In New Hampshire, Jo Carrillo 2017 University of New Hampshire

Liberty And Community In Marriage: Expanding On Massey’S Proposal For A Community Property Option In New Hampshire, Jo Carrillo

University of New Hampshire Law Review

This article argues that intimate partners should have the right to adopt a sharing economy within marriage. Forty-one U.S. states employ a separate property regime for property acquired during marriage; of these, only two allow married couples to opt out of the separate property system and hold their assets as community property. Nine U.S. states are community property states. To encourage equal partnership in marriage, Calvin Massey proposed that New Hampshire, a separate property state, enable a community property option. This essay expands on Massey’s proposal by comparing it to three other marriage reform proposals: two based ...


In Re Frei Irrevocable Trust, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. 8 (Mar. 2, 2017), Angela Lee 2017 Nevada Law Journal

In Re Frei Irrevocable Trust, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. 8 (Mar. 2, 2017), Angela Lee

Nevada Supreme Court Summaries

The Nevada Supreme Court adopted the Restatement (Second) of Trusts SS 338 (Am. Law Inst. 1959). It held trusts are modifiable by a settlor and beneficiary as long as any non-consenting beneficiaries' interests are not prejudiced.


The Disposition Of Human Remains And Organ Donation: Increasing Testamentary Freedom While Upholding The No Property Rule, Louise M. Mimnagh 2017 Osgoode Hall Law School

The Disposition Of Human Remains And Organ Donation: Increasing Testamentary Freedom While Upholding The No Property Rule, Louise M. Mimnagh

Western Journal of Legal Studies

In terms of real and personal property, Canadian law grants individuals substantial testamentary freedom in the disposition of their estate. However, in regards to human remains, Ontario has upheld the common law’s longstanding “No Property Rule,” which prevents testamentary freedom in regards to one’s bodily remains. In light of changing societal notions of property and value with respect to the human body, this article argues in favour of implementing greater testamentary freedom for individuals in regards to the disposition of their body, organs, tissue, and fluids. This article reviews alternative approaches to the testamentary disposition of human remains ...


Estate Of Holliday: "Flping" The Script, Phyllis C. Taite 2017 Florida A&M University College of Law

Estate Of Holliday: "Flping" The Script, Phyllis C. Taite

Journal Publications

In this article, Taite examines Estate of Holliday, in which the Tax Court held that the full value of property transferred to a family limited partnership was properly includable in the decedent’s estate because the decedent had a retained right in the property and no significant nontax reasons for making the transfer.


Estate Of Purdue: A Blueprint For Flping, Phyllis C. Taite 2017 Florida A&M University College of Law

Estate Of Purdue: A Blueprint For Flping, Phyllis C. Taite

Journal Publications

In this article, Taite examines Estate of Purdue, in which the Tax Court held that assets of the decedent that were transferred to the family limited liability company were not includable in the gross estate, that transfers to the family trust qualified for an annual exclusion, and that the estate could deduct interest on loans from the estate’s beneficiaries.


A Chinese Inheritance, Thomas E. Simmons 2016 University of South Dakota School of Law

A Chinese Inheritance, Thomas E. Simmons

Thomas E. Simmons

The cultural values of a society are often discernible in its laws of succession and intestacy. These laws govern the distribution of a decedent's estate when there is no estate plan in place. Intestacy schemes typically reflect basic societal values. Yet, perhaps remarkably, the laws of intestacy bear consistency across various countries, continents, and cultures, rewarding the closest surviving family members. Upon closer examination, unique characteristics also emerge. The most startling characteristic of Chinese inheritance law is its willingness to invoke judicial review of an heir's conduct in settling upon distribution percentages to govern intestacy. American succession law ...


In States We "Trust": Self-Settled Trusts, Public Policy, And Interstate Federalism, Brendan Duffy 2016 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

In States We "Trust": Self-Settled Trusts, Public Policy, And Interstate Federalism, Brendan Duffy

Northwestern University Law Review

Over the last twenty years, domestic asset protection trusts have risen in popularity as a means of estate planning and asset protection. A domestic asset protection trust is an irrevocable trust formed under state law which enables an independent trustee to allocate money to a class of

persons, which includes the settlor.

Since Alaska first enacted domestic asset protection legislation in 1997, fifteen states have followed its lead. The case law over the last twenty years addressing these trust mechanisms has, however, been surprisingly sparse. A Washington bankruptcy court decision, In re Huber, altered this drought, but caused more confusion ...


The Development Of The Wife's Cause Of Action For Loss Of Consortium, 2016 St. John's University School of Law

The Development Of The Wife's Cause Of Action For Loss Of Consortium

The Catholic Lawyer

No abstract provided.


Planned Parenthood: Adult Adoption And The Right Of Adoptees To Inherit, Richard C. Ausness 2016 University of Kentucky College of Law

Planned Parenthood: Adult Adoption And The Right Of Adoptees To Inherit, Richard C. Ausness

Richard C. Ausness

This Article is concerned with the effect of adult adoptions on the inheritance rights (in the broad sense of that term) of adult adoptees. The Article contends many adult adoption statutes assume the existence of a parent-child relationship in which the adopter is the “parent” and the adoptee is a “child” even though this is not true of all adult adoption cases. In addition, legislatures and courts frequently fail to differentiate between “quasi-familial” adoptions and “strategic” adoptions, particularly where inheritance rights are concerned.


Moving Forward By Looking Back: The Retroactive Application Of Obergefell, Lee-ford Tritt 2016 University of Florida Levin College of Law

Moving Forward By Looking Back: The Retroactive Application Of Obergefell, Lee-Ford Tritt

UF Law Faculty Publications

The recent Supreme Court decision of Obergefell v. Hodges has forever altered American jurisprudence. Not only did this decision make same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states, but it also required states to recognize same-sex marriages from other states in accordance with the 14th Amendment. The Court’s holding in Obergefell raises a fundamental question with serious legal and financial significance: when exactly do these once unrecognized marriages legally begin? And to what extent must courts apply Obergefell retroactively? The stakes are high and substantive financial effects are pending on the answer to this question — for, with marriage, comes wide-ranging ...


The "Estate Planning" Interviewer, Thomas L. Shaffer 2016 Notre Dame Law School

The "Estate Planning" Interviewer, Thomas L. Shaffer

Thomas L. Shaffer

Professor Shaffer's article The "Estate Planning" Interviewer is the Introduction: Part II, in J.K. Lasser's Estate Tax Techniques on pages INT-25 to INT-51


Will Of Fortune: New York Will Drafting─Part 1, Gerald Lebovits 2016 Columbia, Fordham & NYU Law Schools

Will Of Fortune: New York Will Drafting─Part 1, Gerald Lebovits

Gerald Lebovits

No abstract provided.


Toward Economic Analysis Of The Uniform Probate Code, Daniel B. Kelly 2016 Notre Dame Law School

Toward Economic Analysis Of The Uniform Probate Code, Daniel B. Kelly

Daniel B Kelly

Insights from economics and the economic analysis of law may be useful in analyzing succession law, including intestacy and wills as well as nonprobate transfers such as trusts. After surveying prior works that have examined succession from a functional perspective, I explore the possibility of utilizing tools like (i) transaction costs, (ii) the ex ante/ex post distinction, and (iii) rules versus standards, to illuminate the design of the Uniform Probate Code. Specifically, I investigate how these tools, which legal scholars have employed widely in other contexts, may be relevant in understanding events like the nonprobate revolution and issues like ...


The Will As An Implied Unilateral Arbitration Contract, E. Gary Spitko 2016 University of Florida Levin College of Law

The Will As An Implied Unilateral Arbitration Contract, E. Gary Spitko

Florida Law Review

A consensus has begun to develop in the case law, the academic commentary, and the statutory reform movement that a testator’s provision in her will mandating arbitration of any challenge to the will should not be enforceable against a beneficiary who has not agreed to the arbitration provision, at least where the will contestant, by his contest, seeks to increase his inheritance outside the will. Grounding this consensus is the widespread understanding that a will is not a contract. This Article seeks to challenge both the understanding that a will is not a contract and the opposition to enforcement ...


Non-Charitable Purpose Trusts: Past, Present, And Future, Richard C. Ausness 2016 University of Kentucky College of Law

Non-Charitable Purpose Trusts: Past, Present, And Future, Richard C. Ausness

Law Faculty Scholarly Articles

This Article focuses on non-charitable purpose trusts and how they enable estate planners to better carry out their clients’ objectives. Specifically, it explores the history of non-charitable purpose trusts and summarizes the differences between private trusts, charitable trusts, and non-charitable purpose trusts. This Article also examines the treatment of non-charitable purpose trusts in England and the United States prior to the promulgation of the Restatement of Trusts in 1935. This Article surveys the recent adoption of non-charitable purpose trust provisions in the Uniform Trust Code and various Restatements and gives advice on drafting the trust instruments. Lastly, this Article concludes ...


Trusts No More: Rethinking The Regulation Of Retirement Savings In The United States, Natalya Shnitser 2016 Boston College Law School

Trusts No More: Rethinking The Regulation Of Retirement Savings In The United States, Natalya Shnitser

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

The regulation of private and public pension plans in the United States begins with the premise that employer-sponsored plans resemble traditional donative, or gift, trusts. Accordingly, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) famously “imports” major principles of donative trust law for the regulation of private employer-sponsored pension plans. Statutes regulating state and local government pension plans likewise routinely invoke the structure and standards applicable to donative trusts. Judges, in turn, adjudicate by analogy to the common law trust.

This Article identifies the flaws in the analogy and analyzes the shortcomings of a regulatory framework that, despite dramatic ...


Law Of Wills, Browne C. Lewis 2016 Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

Law Of Wills, Browne C. Lewis

Law Faculty Books

This casebook is designed to train law students to think and act like probate attorneys. It is meant to be used in conjunction with the author's book The Law of Trusts. This book's focus is problem-solving and legal application. It includes numerous problems so law students can learn to apply the law they learn from reading the cases. It also contains collaborative learning exercises to encourage students to engage in group problem-solving. The book is divided into three parts to reflect the main types of issues that students will encounter if they practice probate law; its organization mirrors ...


In Defense Of The Harmless Error Rule’S Clear And Convincing Evidence Standard: A Response To Professor Baron, Mark Glover 2016 University of Wyoming College of Law

In Defense Of The Harmless Error Rule’S Clear And Convincing Evidence Standard: A Response To Professor Baron, Mark Glover

Washington and Lee Law Review Online

In Irresolute Testators, Clear and Convincing Wills Law, Professor Jane Baron draws attention to a conflict between the mechanics of the law of wills and the realities of testation. Baron observes that the law of wills is designed to be used as a tool by resolute and rationale testators to communicate their intent regarding the distribution of property upon death. However, the law’s archetypical testator does not represent the many real testators who are irresolute and irrational, those possessing incoherent and only partially formed thoughts regarding the disposition of their estates.

Based upon the disconnect between the law’s ...


Justice; Mater Et Magistra; Civil Rights; Zoning; Sociological Jurisprudence; Mr. Justice Brennan; Business Ethics, 2016 St. John's University School of Law

Justice; Mater Et Magistra; Civil Rights; Zoning; Sociological Jurisprudence; Mr. Justice Brennan; Business Ethics

The Catholic Lawyer

No abstract provided.


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