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Probating Prince’S Estate: Who Will End Up With The Singer’S Substantial Intellectual Property?, J. Gordon Hylton 2016 Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Probating Prince’S Estate: Who Will End Up With The Singer’S Substantial Intellectual Property?, J. Gordon Hylton

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Toward A Reality-Based Estate Tax, Wendy C. Gerzog 2016 University of Baltimore School of Law

Toward A Reality-Based Estate Tax, Wendy C. Gerzog

All Faculty Scholarship

Currently, the estate tax does not accurately value the property and transactions that it is meant to cover. Additionally, the marital and charitable deductions do not reflect actual associated transfers, instead skewing their benefits away from their purported beneficiaries. This Article proposes reforming the estate tax by eliminating these sources of unreality and distortion, and to make the current estate tax a reality-based tax. Through six specific proposals, the Article identifies solutions to the problems associated with testamentary transfers, puts forth alternative methods of valuation to prevent gaming of transfer taxes, and offers significant modifications to two deduction provisions.


In Re Guardianship & Estate Of Echevarria, 132 Nev. Adv. Op. 45 (June 30, 2016), Paul George 2016 Nevada Law Journal

In Re Guardianship & Estate Of Echevarria, 132 Nev. Adv. Op. 45 (June 30, 2016), Paul George

Nevada Supreme Court Summaries

Distribution of estate funds under NRS Chapter 159 or a court’s distribution order requires a district court finding identifying the source of the funds. A valid stipulation requires mutual assent either through the presence of all interested parties or a signed writing showing the assent of the party against whom the stipulation is offered.


Medicaid Planning In Idaho, John A. Miller 2016 University of Idaho College of Law

Medicaid Planning In Idaho, John A. Miller

Faculty Scholarship

No abstract provided.


The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access To Digital Assets Act: Has The Law Caught Up With Technology?, Elizabeth Sy 2016 Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access To Digital Assets Act: Has The Law Caught Up With Technology?, Elizabeth Sy

Touro Law Review

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An Empirical Study Of Modification And Termination Of Conservation Easements: What The Data Suggest About Appropriate Legal Rules, Gerald Korngold, Semida Munteanu, Lauren Smith 2016 New York Law School

An Empirical Study Of Modification And Termination Of Conservation Easements: What The Data Suggest About Appropriate Legal Rules, Gerald Korngold, Semida Munteanu, Lauren Smith

Articles & Chapters

The acquisition of conservation easements by nonprofit organizations (“NPOs”) over the past twenty-five years has revolutionized the preservation of American land. Recently, however, legislatures, courts, practitioners, and commentators have debated whether and how conservation easements should be modified and even terminated. The discussion has almost always been on a theoretical level without empirical grounding and has sometimes generated much heat but little light. The discussion has lacked the necessary empirical context to allow legislatures and courts to thoughtfully develop resolutions to these issues free from sloganeering and posturing.

This article provides and analyzes a previously uncollected dataset that offers guidance ...


From Idiots And Lunatics To Incapacitated Persons And Respondents: The Evolution Of Guardianship Law In Rhode Island, Mark B. Heffner 2016 Roger Williams University School of Law

From Idiots And Lunatics To Incapacitated Persons And Respondents: The Evolution Of Guardianship Law In Rhode Island, Mark B. Heffner

Roger Williams University Law Review

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What Are Aging Parents Caring For Adult Children With Disabilities To Do? A Comprehensive Framework For A Healthy, Stable, Financially Sound Future, Jennifer M. Kirby-McLemore 2016 University of Mississippi School of Law

What Are Aging Parents Caring For Adult Children With Disabilities To Do? A Comprehensive Framework For A Healthy, Stable, Financially Sound Future, Jennifer M. Kirby-Mclemore

Roger Williams University Law Review

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A Review Of Alexander A. Bove, Jr., Trust Protectors: A Practice Manual With Forms, Richard C. Ausness 2016 University of Kentucky College of Law

A Review Of Alexander A. Bove, Jr., Trust Protectors: A Practice Manual With Forms, Richard C. Ausness

Law Faculty Scholarly Articles

Alexander Bove has recently written a thoughtful, comprehensive and practical book entitled Trust Protectors: A Practice Manual with Forms. The book describes the powers and rights of a trust protector, as well as the fiduciary duties and potential liabilities associated with this office. In addition, the author examines the relationship between the trust protector and the trustee. He also discusses the role of the courts in this area and identifies a number of practical issues that should be considered by lawyers when they draft trust instruments that contemplate the appointment of a trust protector. Finally, the author provides extensive group ...


The Will As An Implied Unilateral Arbitration Contract, E. Gary Spitko 2016 Santa Clara University School of Law

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

Faculty Publications

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 her contest, seeks to increase her 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 the will is not a contract and the opposition to enforcement ...


Valuation, Values, Norms: Proposals For Estate And Gift Tax Reform, Bridget J. Crawford 2016 Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Valuation, Values, Norms: Proposals For Estate And Gift Tax Reform, Bridget J. Crawford

Pace Law Faculty Publications

In their contributions to this Symposium, Professor Joseph Dodge, Professor Wendy Gerzog, and Professor Kerry Ryan offer concrete proposals for improving the existing estate and gift tax system. Professor Dodge and Professor Gerzog are especially interested in accuracy in valuation, and advance specific proposals with respect to split-interest transfers and family limited partnerships. Professor Dodge makes an additional proposal to improve the generation-skipping transfer tax system, an understudied area of the law. Professor Gerzog's Symposium contribution draws particular attention to the legal fiction on which the estate and gift tax marital deductions rely. She would restrict the availability of ...


Minimizing Probate-Error Risk, Mark Glover 2016 University of Wyoming College of Law

Minimizing Probate-Error Risk, Mark Glover

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

Probate-error risk is the possibility that a court will incorrectly assess the authenticity of a will. By prescribing the method courts use to evaluate the authenticity of wills, the law of will-execution allocates probate-error risk between false-positive outcomes and false-negative outcomes. When a court validates an inauthentic will, it creates a false-positive outcome. When a court invalidates an authentic will, it creates a false-negative outcome. Because false-positive outcomes result in the admission to probate of inauthentic wills and false-negative outcomes result in the denial of probate of genuine wills, both can be characterized as probate errors. This framework has been ...


Foreword: The Supreme Court's Estate Planning Jurisprudence, Bridget J. Crawford 2016 Pace University School of Law

Foreword: The Supreme Court's Estate Planning Jurisprudence, Bridget J. Crawford

Pace Law Faculty Publications

Sophisticated trust and estate counsel must keep up with near-daily developments in the substantive state law of wills, trusts and estates, as well as state and federal laws of wealth transfer taxation. Because of the sheer volume of statutory law and administrative regulations that estate planners must master, it is easy to lose sight of the important role that federal courts play in shaping the field of estate planning. Federal tax cases are routinely heard by the United States Tax Court, the Federal District Courts, the Court of Federal Claims and appellate courts in all circuits. Yet very few tax ...


Lack Of Marketability And Minority Discounts In Valuing Close Corporation Stock: Elusiveness And Judicial Synchrony In Pursuit Of Equitable Consensus, Stephen Leacock 2016 Barry University

Lack Of Marketability And Minority Discounts In Valuing Close Corporation Stock: Elusiveness And Judicial Synchrony In Pursuit Of Equitable Consensus, Stephen Leacock

Faculty Scholarship

No abstract provided.


Recharging Adult Guardianship Reform: Six Current Paths Forward, Erica Wood 2016 Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Recharging Adult Guardianship Reform: Six Current Paths Forward, Erica Wood

Journal of Aging, Longevity, Law, and Policy

No abstract provided.


Irresolute Testators, Clear And Convicing Wills Law, Jane B. Baron 2016 Temple University School of Law

Irresolute Testators, Clear And Convicing Wills Law, Jane B. Baron

Washington and Lee Law Review

Controversial recent wills law reforms, embodied in new provisions of both the Uniform Probate Code and the Restatement of Property, excuse so-called harmless errors in will execution and permit judicial correction of erroneous terms in a will or trust. Both reforms pose evidentiary dangers, as proof of the error must come from outside the attested instrument and will be offered after the testator’s death. To respond to this concern, both the error and the testator’s true intent must be established by “clear and convincing” evidence. This Article is the first to examine how courts have applied the clear ...


Selective Issues In Effective Medicaid Estate Recovery Statutes, Raymond C. O'Brien 2016 The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Selective Issues In Effective Medicaid Estate Recovery Statutes, Raymond C. O'Brien

Scholarly Articles and Other Contributions

Medicaid is a joint federal-state partnership program that provides medical care to the elderly, blind, and disabled poor. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid will pay for long-term care, leading millions of persons in need of such care to “spend-down” income or assets to qualify as sufficiently needy or poor. However, the state can eventually seek recovery of expenditures made through estate recovery programs following the death of both spouses. As it currently stands, states have no choice but to become increasingly vigilant in pursuing private funds in order to pay for Medicaid expenditures. As a result, elderly citizens and their families will ...


Deaccessioning: A Pragmatic Approach, Ardis E. Strong 2016 Brooklyn Law School

Deaccessioning: A Pragmatic Approach, Ardis E. Strong

Journal of Law and Policy

Art museums are curators of ideas, preservers of culture, and educators on the evolving aesthetics and morals of society. As such, they play an important role in contemporary society and should be accessible to a wide and diverse audience. One important debate in how museums best serve the public interest involves the museum practice of deaccessioning. Historically, policies governing the proceeds museums receive when they deaccession (or remove) work from their collection have strictly limited the use of these funds to the purchase of new art. This policy is based on the idea that museums hold art for the public ...


Trial And Heirs: Antemortem Probate For The Changing American Family, Katherine M. Arango 2016 Brooklyn Law School

Trial And Heirs: Antemortem Probate For The Changing American Family, Katherine M. Arango

Brooklyn Law Review

The notion of the traditional American family has changed due to complex family structures formed through remarriages, cohabitation, and same-sex couples. Freedom of disposition is a guiding principle of inheritance law, whereby society recognizes the value in protecting one’s ability to acquire and transfer personal property at death. However, intestacy statutes are antiquated and have failed to keep pace with the rise of the modern American family, thus leaving the right to freedom of disposition uncertain and vulnerable for a large population. A will is a way of opting out of intestacy, but given that a will is frequently ...


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

Law Faculty Scholarly Articles

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.


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