Law 205 - Wills and Trusts

Patrick D. Goodman

Patrick D. Goodman

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UCLA, 1991
M.Ed. UCLA, 1992
J.D. Columbia, 1996
UCLA Faculty Since 2001
Course Description:

This course surveys the law of wills and trusts. Topics include: intestate succession, wills (with an emphasis on execution and revocation), will substitutes, planning for incapacity, trusts, and problems arising during trust administration. The course emphasizes cases and materials arising under the California Probate Code. Materials for the course include a California supplement as well as a casebook. Estate and gift taxation is not covered in this class.

Course Learning Outcomes:

1. At the end of the course, students will begin to be able to provide elementary estate planning advice to meet a client's objectives while complying with relevant case law, statutes and regulations.

2. At the end of the course, students will be able to interpret and apply case law and statutes to determine how a court might resolve legal issues arising from gratuitous transfers at death.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Patrick Goodman 19F 205 LEC 1 Unscheduled 4.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2019 LEC 1
Sitkoff and Dukeminier. Wills, Trusts, and Estates  10th ed.  
ISBN: 9781454876427. Wolters Kluwer. REQUIRED $264.96