LAWS160 Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS160 Wills, Trusts, and Estates
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
LAWS100 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course utilizes a learning management space to supplement course materials.
VI. Catalog Course Description
In this course, students examine the legal principles and ethical considerations of probate, wills, trusts and the fiduciary code as applied by the Orphans Courts in Pennsylvania. Students also learn how to prepare and file probate and estate planning documents. Students also discuss ethical issues that affect the estate client.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:
    1. Demonstrate a general and specific understanding of probate, estate and the fiduciary code as they relate to specific areas of wills, trusts, and estate practice in Pennsylvania;
    2. Use and apply knowledge of ethical issues to the practical aspects of assisting a lawyer in the various areas of this specialized practice; and
    3. Exhibit a working knowledge of the functions and operations of the Orphans Court.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:
    1. Estate Planning
    2. Estate Distribution
    3. Wills
    4. Estate Administration
    5. Inheritance
    6. Trusts
    7. Tax
    8. Ethics
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified by the area faculty and described in the individual instructor's course syllabus are utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/99; Revised 3/05; New Core 8/2015; Revised 12/2015