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Wills, Trusts, and Estates Administration, 7th Edition

  • Dennis R. Hower
  • Peter Kahn
  • ISBN-10: 1111137781
  • ISBN-13: 9781111137786
  • 640 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2002, 1996
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

A trusted resource in paralegal education for more than three decades, WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, 7th Edition introduces the basics of estate planning and bequeathing property through wills and trusts, along with the laws and procedures involved, including the Uniform Probate Code. In addition to substantive probate law, the text covers procedural law, tax implications, ethical considerations, and the roles paralegals and other professionals play in the process. The text's approach helps students hone their critical thinking skills; the writing is clear and free of confusing legalese. Packed with student-friendly case summaries, state-specific examples, and detailed documents and exhibits, the 7th Edition of WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION is an ideal text for non-lawyers preparing for careers in this important area of law.


  • Thought-Provoking Assignments: Carefully crafted assignments require students to interpret each concept, along with relevant statutes and the UPC, while examples and exhibits throughout the text help clarify the material.

  • Intelligent Study Features: Key terms in the margins draw student attention to essential topics; chapter review questions recap material after every section to reinforce readings.

  • Challenging Case Problems: Applying course concepts to these true-to-life problems helps students interpret findings on their own, while applying state-specific laws to each matter helps them see the different ways a Court might rule.

  • Helpful Supporting Documents: The latest probate forms and tax returns help students visualize the process of probate and estate administration from start to finish.

  • Decades of Experience: This perennially best-selling text distills the authors' more than seventy years of combined experience teaching and practicing law into a comprehensive, student-friendly resource for non-lawyers.


"The text material is very well written; it is complete and comprehensive. Also, I believe this is a textbook that a student will keep and use as a reference guide once working as paralegal. The organization of the text material is such that as an instructor, I can begin with chapter one and teach each subsequent chapter in sequence until I reach the end. It is a very good text."
— Randi Ray, Des Moines Area Community College

About the Author

Dennis R. Hower

Currently a practicing lawyer, Dennis R. Hower is formerly a professor for the University of Minnesota. In 1983, the university presented him with the Horace T. Morse Amoco Foundation Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Peter Kahn

Peter T. Kahn is a Professor Emeritus for the University of Minnesota where he taught introductory law and political science courses for thirty years. His teaching philosophy centers on promoting a positive atmosphere for students and generating enthusiasm for learning about the legal system. A member of the American and Minnesota Bar Associations, Professor Kahn was a practicing attorney for nearly four decades, and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Table of Contents

1. The Estate Plan, and the Purpose and Need for a Will.
2. The Concept of Property Related to Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration.
3. The Participants and the Proper Court.
4. The Law of Succession: Death Testate or Intestate.
5. Wills: Validity Requirements, Modification, Revocation, and Contests.
6. Preparation to Draft a Will: Checklists and the Conference with the Client.
7. Final Draft and Execution of a Valid Will.
8. Introduction to Trusts.
9. Classification of Trusts, the Living Trust, and Other Special Trusts.
10. Estate Planning.
11. Long-Term Care.
12. Personal Representatives: Types, Pre-Probate Duties, and Appointment.
13. Probate and Estate Administration.
14. Informal Probate Administration.
15. Tax Considerations in the Administration of Estates.
16. Ethical Principles Relevant to Practicing Paralegals and Legal Assistants.
Appendix A: Sample Marital Deduction Testamentary Trust.

New to this edition

  • Internet Research Applications: Real-life contemporary cases reported in the news are included to enhance student skills in using the Internet as a research tool as well as familiarize students with the types of issues and conflicts they will encounter as a practicing paralegal.
  • Important Law Updates: The 7th Edition includes thorough updates to address the latest changes in probate law (including the same-sex conjugal couples law, which expands the meaning of surviving spouse for inheritance purposes), as well as changes in the ethical guidelines that apply to paralegals and attorneys in the practice of law.
  • Updated Documents and Graphics: Revised forms, task examples, web resources, tables, charts, checklists, and illustrations throughout the text facilitate better understanding of complex legal doctrines and principles.
  • Condensed and Modern Coverage: The 7th Edition of WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION has been thoughtfully revised to eliminate outdated and redundant topics, and add in-text references to web links for a more current, streamlined approach to learning.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource  (ISBN-10: 111113779X | ISBN-13: 9781111137793)

The Instructor Resources CD-Rom includes: Instructor's Manual, Computerized Testbank in Examview, and Customizable PowerPoint ™ Presentations.

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