Wills, trusts, and estates tend to be things older people think about. However, as a law student, there are lots of opportunities to learn about these important documents that we’re all eventually faced with. Believe it or not, these topics make up one of the best-selling textbooks in use at institutions of higher education. According to Amazon, Wills, Trusts, and Estates [Eighth Edition] is listed as the 26th most popular college textbook that is currently on the market.

A last will and testament (Photo by Kevin Mayer)

Published in August of 2009 by Aspen Publishers, this particular edition represents the eighth edition in this long-running successful textbook series. The book is presented in a way that is both informative and witty in some spots. It is laid out so that readers can easily follow the text and refer to pieces of information in certain chapters quickly. It contains a wide variety of fascinating cases as well. It includes numerous engaging notes, questions to consider, and problems that that will aid in connecting readers to the text and will highlight legal themes and concepts that are most important to understand. Topics discussed in the text include the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, ongoing developments in the law regarding inheritance rights, the posthumous right of publicity, as well as perpetual trusts and self-settled asset protection.

The humorous and somewhat irreverent cartoons, images, and artwork interspersed throughout the book make it one that will be hard to put down at times. You may not think of humor when thinking of a will, but this book demonstrates why having a sense of humor about these kinds of subjects is necessary to better comprehend them. Along with this terrific imagery, the book has a website companion that is up-to-date with the latest information, cases, and changes in property law.

The book’s authors are Jesse Dukeminier, Robert H. Sitkoff, and James Lindgren. Dukeminier, who died in 2003, was a law professor at UCLA for 40 years. He authored numerous articles and books on subjects relating to property law, wills, trusts, and more. Although he was deceased years before the publication of this particular textbook, his voice and ideas remain a significant part of it. Sitkoff and Lindgren expand on the groundbreaking ideas originally presented by Dukeminier.

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