LAWS160 Wills, Trusts, and Estates
Department of Business and Innovation: 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
Course Learning GoalsStudents will:
- 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;
- Use and apply knowledge of ethical issues to the practical aspects of assisting a lawyer in the various areas of this specialized practice; and
- Exhibit a working knowledge of the functions and operations of the Orphans Court.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning ActivitiesThe following topics are presented:
- Estate Planning
- Estate Distribution
- Estate Administration
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsExams, 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.
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