This new sleek and slender textbook provides a platform for teaching Trusts & Estates as an accessible, engaging area of the law. As its title implies, Essentials covers only the core legal doctrines and does so in a concise, straightforward format that focuses on application rather than theory. The organizational structure of each chapter facilitates student learning by providing:
- a clear explanation of the doctrine in plain English
- an excerpt of relevant statutory authority where applicable
- an illustration of the doctrine through a carefully-selected judicial opinion, and
- an application of the doctrine in a problem set.
Each judicial opinion is followed by a series of questions, as well as narrative answers to each question. The problem sets, which are heavily emphasized, simulate the practice of law in a realistic Trusts & Estates setting. Essentials is adaptable for two, three, and four credit versions of the Trusts & Estates survey course.