Estate Planning

As an estate planning attorney, you are a trusted advisor for your clients’ most sensitive personal family issues. Every person, regardless of their level of wealth, may benefit from a carefully reasoned, prepared and executed estate plan.

Estate planning lawyers commonly work on the following issues.

  • Drafting wills and assisting in probate
  • Creating and administering trusts
  • Structuring family businesses for continuity in future generations
  • Asset management and disposition
  • Tax planning and creditor protection
  • Charitable giving
  • Marital agreements
  • Disability planning

As an estate planning attorney, you have the flexibility to work in a small or solo firm environment, at a boutique estate planning firm, or as part of a large law firm, corporate trust department or charitable organization.

Core Courses

If you choose to practice estate planning law, you will need to take these courses.

  • Wills & Estates
  • Trusts ​and Fiduciary Responsibilities
  • Estate & Gift Tax
  • LARW III: Estate Planning ​and Drafting
  • LARW III: Estate Administration Drafting

Recommended Courses

Here are some courses that you should also consider. You should choose courses that interest you or that will further your career objectives.

  • Marital Property
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Elder Law
  • Guardianship Practicum
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • Business Associations I
  • Business Associations II

Related Courses

Here are courses that are related to the practice of estate planning law.

  • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration
  • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum
  • The Business Negotiator
  • Accounting for Lawyers (recommended for students who have not taken college-level accounting)