Wills and Estates
Transfer of property through intestate succession; wills and will substitutes; effect of community property ownership; legal and ethical issues surrounding end-of-life decisions, including living wills, medical directives, and medical powers of attorney; administration of decedents' estates.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesFirst-year law courses.
Course Outcomes: 

Fundamental Principles

Students will understand fundamental principles relating to the following fiduciary relationships: (a) trustee / beneficiary; (b) personal representative / beneficiary; and (c) conservator / conservatee.


Students will understand the rules relating to intestate succession.

Functions and Components

Students will understand the functions and components of wills and revocable trusts, and the rules governing the interpretation of those instruments.

Function of Probate

Students will understand the function of probate and the various methods available for avoiding probate.

Utah and California Rules

Students will be able to distinguish between the Utah (Uniform Probate Code) rules and the California Probate Code rules in the foregoing areas.

Federal Estate and Gift Tax System

Students will have a very basic understanding of the federal estate and gift tax system.