The goal of the course is to prepare students to meet with actual planning clients, to determine their planning needs, to draft basic wills and related documents, and to spot the problems which require more study. We focus on practical advice as to how to plan for typical client situations which lawyers will encounter as opposed to more theoretical issues. A student successfully completing the course will be prepared to competently represent clients who come to them for wills and planning. Unlike many law school courses focusing on a specific area of the law, this is course is a synthesis of many areas. Estate planning by its nature may include considering the respective laws concerning wills and trusts, federal and state taxes, retirement accounts, business entities, and real and personal property, as well as human behavior.
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