Curriculum for LL.M. in Estate Planning and Elder Law

Since the primary objective of the program is to prepare the students to practice estate planning, the courses will emphasize the practical aspects of drafting estate plans and administering the settlement of estates. To obtain the degree, each student will be required to complete 14 credit hours in required courses and a minimum of 10 credit hours in elective courses. As a final 4 credit project, every student will design and draft a comprehensive estate plan under the supervision of an experienced estate planner.

Required Courses

Credits

1. Elder Law

2

2. Wills and Trusts: Design, Drafting, and Implementation

2

3. Fiduciary Administration

2

4. Federal Wealth Transfer Taxes

2

5. Federal Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts

2

6. Final Project: Drafting of Comprehensive Estate Plan

4

Elective Courses

Credits

1. Advanced Issues in Elder Law II

2

2. Elder Law Simulation

2

3. Planning for Charitable Transfers

2

4. Advanced Issues in Wealth Transfer Taxes: Chapter 14

2

5. Income Taxation of Pass-Through Entities

2

6. Business Succession Planning

2

7. Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

2

8. Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits 

2

9. Income Tax for Estate Planners

2

10. Marital Deduction Planning

2

11. Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

2

12. Tax Procedure

2

13. International Estate Planning

2

14. Special Needs Planning

2

15. Medicaid Planning

16. Estate Planning for Elder Law Attorneys

2

17. Drafting Revocable Trusts

2

18. Planning with Grantor Trusts

2

19. Wealth Planning with Life Insurance

2


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