Spring 2020 Course Schedule

Wills Trusts Estates (LAW-697-001)
Ezra Rosser

Meets: 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM (MW) - Yuma - Room Y116

Enrolled: 69 / Limit: 80

Administrator Access


If you have any questions about the class, feel free to contact the professor at erosser@wcl.american.edu.


This class explores the basic law surrounding the disposition of property at death. This course is designed to provide a broad general foundation, as well as to prepare students for further work in estate planning and will and trust drafting. By the end of the course, students should have a solid understanding of intestate and testate succession and of the law trusts and other probate-substitutes in estate planning, the rules regarding the establishment and administration of private and charitable trusts, tax implications of death and gifts, and a basic familiarity with probate.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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SITKOFF & DUKEMINIER, WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES (10th ed., 2017) Though the syllabus lists a statutory supplement, I do not suggest you purchase it until later in the semester. For most people it will not be helpful nor is it required.

First Class Readings

Class 1 – Introduction: Freedom of Disposition The Power to Transmit Property at Death 1-40 Probate Process 40-51


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