Estates and Trusts covers the rules for the transmission of property upon an individual's death. The subject matter is generally broken up into three portions, Wills, Trusts, and Nonprobate Transfers.
Research on estate and trust topics is state specific. The Missouri Practice Series is typically on point and will direct the researcher directly to the necessary statutes. In addition, the Missouri Practice Series will generally include citations to recent and relevant cases on the subject. Case law applies and interprets statutory law, and it is imperative to determine whether there is any relevent Missouri case law.
Other secondary sources are useful to familiarize oneself more generally with estate and trust law.
While estates and trusts are governed by state law, several areas of federal law are also relevant such as Federal tax, Social Security, and Medicaid.
Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (Cali) lessons can be used to prepare for class or review for an exam. The lessons focus on the rules under the Uniform Probate Code. This link provides access to the wills and trusts lessons.
Bloomberg’s Estate and Trust Portfolio is excellent. The categories include:
Missouri Revised Statutes:
Chapter 456: Trusts and Trustees
Chapter 459: Declarations, Life Support
Chapter 461: Nonprobate Transfers Law
Chapter 469: Disclaimers of Property
Chapter 470: Escheats
Chapter 471: Uniform Simultaneous Death Law
Chapter 472: Probate Code - General Provisions
Chapter 473: Probate Code - Administration of Decedents' Estates
Chapter 474: Probate Code - Intestate Succession and Wills
Chapter 475: Probate Code - Guardianship