Estates and Trusts covers the rules for the transmission of property upon an individual's death. The subject matter is generally broken up into two portions, Wills and Trusts.
Please remember that supplemental materials are meant to enhance, not replace, the assigned classroom material.
Some professors recommend against secondary sources due to the danger of students attempting to short cut doing the hard work themselves, thus delaying the skill of “thinking like a lawyer.” If you have a question whether a particular supplement may be useful as a classroom or exam prep aid then ask your professor for guidance. And, as always, you can ask a librarian for assistance.
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 estate and trust law is governed by state law, relevant legal areas such as Federal tax, Social Security and Medicaid are governed by federal law.
MU Law RESERVE materials are located on the 1st floor plaza level in the room behind the circulation desk.
MU Law REFERENCE materials are located on the 1st floor plaza level of the law library.
MU Law PRACTICE materials are located on the 3rd floor west side of the law library
MU Law refers to treatises located on the 3rd floor east side of the law library.
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