Wills & Trusts
Tutored Law School Elective
Some law schools have separate courses for each of these subjects and others merge them into a single course. This merger makes good sense, since many wills create trusts, and living trusts often are used as will substitute. The administration of Estates and trusts raise similar problems. Much of the law regarding Wills & Trusts is statutory. In Wills, you will first learn what happens when someone passes away without a Will. Then you will learn about Wills, how they are created, the kinds of Wills and capacity, fraud, and distribution. For Trusts, you will learn what they are how they are created and what kinds of trusts there are. Many of the questions involving Trusts concern what duty the holder of the trust assets (trustee) owes to the beneficiary and to the creator of the trust. This is another area ripe for the interjection of a professional responsibility question.
Bill Hansult is a practicing California attorney and launched Side-Bar to help students pass the California and UBE exams at the lowest possible cost. He spent two years developing a system that works for both California and UBE states. The program differs from many other programs because it does not use lectures.
Instead, he provides students with outlines, practice tests and a schedule. It is the same memory reinforcement system that Bill used to pass the California Bar exam several years ago. After students master a long outline, they move to smaller and smaller ones, until a week before the exam. At that point, students switch to a "Bar Bones" outline which includes everything in 12 pages and is used as a refresher.