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June 2014 Bar Bulletin

Estate Planning Resources at the Law Library

By Kris Henderson
Reference Librarian


I don't know what this says about me, but the first thing I thought about for a topic with a "Future" theme was future interests and the rule against perpetuities. I quickly decided to broaden the topic to discuss some of the estate planning resources at the Public Law Library.

Places To Begin

If you want to refresh your law school memory of future interests and the rule against perpetuities, try Estates, Future Interests, and Powers of Appointment in a Nutshell (West Academic 2014). For broader and more in-depth treatment, try William M. McGovern, et al., Wills, Trusts and Estates Including Taxation and Future Interests (West 2010).

For a basic introduction to estate planning, you might want to review Introduction to Estate Planning in a Nutshell (West 2011), or for more advanced treatment, try Jay A. Soled, ed., The ABA Practical Guide to Estate Planning(ABA 2011). For a basic introduction to federal estate and gift tax, you might refer to Federal Estate and Gift Taxation in a Nutshell (West 2011).

Washington-Specific Resources

Washington-specific resources may be the place for you to start as well as to find more advanced material.

The Washington Estate Planning Deskbook (WSBA 2005) begins with an overview of representing clients in estate planning matters and proceeds to treatment of discrete topics such as "Planning for Disability, Health Care, and other End-of-Life Concerns," and "The Drafting of Testamentary Trusts." The chapters are written by Washington practitioners and law professors.

To learn about future interests, the rule against perpetuities in Washington and other matters of interest to estate planners (and probate attorneys), look at Mark Reutlinger, Washington Law of Wills and Intestate Succession (WSBA 2006).

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