Vol. 10, No. 5, February 2008
Trusts and Estates
This overview of estates and trusts, from Cornell's collaborative legal encyclopedia, provides a brief history of trusts and definitions to explain their modern form. It also suggests useful starting places for primary research in both federal and state law.
This page links users to state statutes governing trusts and estates matters, including citations; the Uniform Probate Code; trusts and estates organizations; and other useful websites.
The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) provides leadership and expertise to practitioners in the area of trusts and estates. It has several publications, some of which area available on the website. The first page of any article in the current issue of ACTEC Journal is available. The ACTEC Commentaries to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, available in full, provide additional ethical guidance specifically geared towards attorneys with trusts and estates practices. The site also provides sample engagement letters, and a directory of ACTEC Fellows. Links to primary legal resource, factual resources, and practice materials are also available in the ACTEC Toolbox.
Estate Valuations & Pricing Systems, Inc. (EVP) provides easy-to-use estate valuation software that is useful for determining historical security values. EVP offers a downloadable software, as well as a pricing service that calculates value for you; these products have different fee structures.
This blog, part of the Law Professor Blogs Network, tracks recent developments in trusts and estates law. Topical archives allow users to identify developments in scholarship and legislation, as well as areas of practice, such as guardianship, income tax, and malpractice.