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Wills and Trusts

California Intestate Succession

This exercise introduces users to the principal provisions of the California Probate Code which governs intestacy. It also illustrates the application of those provisions to typical fact situations. The exercise explores inheritance by descendants, ancestors and collateral heirs in the context of both separate, community and quasicommunity property. Finally, the program explores subsidiary problems of inheritance such as the rights of posthumous heirs, adopted heirs, illegitimate children, foster-children, the slayer of the decedent and the treatment of the simultaneous death problem.

Equitable Remedies - An Overview

This exercise gives a basic overview of the types of equitable remedies. You need not have read any particular materials or taken any particular law school courses in order to complete the tutorial. It can be used to provide background in your courses where equity is especially relevant or to review the types of equitable remedies for use in a remedies course. The lesson will not examine doctrines of substantive equity (other than to note their existence) nor will the lesson explore the prerequisites for obtaining, defending against, or enforcing equitable remedies. Rather, the lesson is designed to introduce you to the basic vocabulary of equitable remedies.

The Execution and Revocation of Wills Under the Uniform Probate Code (Based on 1990 UPC & 2008 Amendments)

This exercise helps users understand the requirements of the Uniform Probate Code for the execution and revocation of testamentary instruments such as wills and codicils. It looks at the requirements for both attested written wills and holographic wills in the context of hypothetical estates. It explores the rights of pretermitted heirs. This lesson was revised to reflect the 2008 Amendments.


This exercise is based on the 1990 version of the U.P.C. with amendments through 1998.

Intestacy and Descendants

This lesson is designed to introduce students to three different ways that "representation" can be defined under the intestacy system. The three approaches states have used to distribute an estate to the descendants of a person who dies intestate are strict per stirpes, modern per stirpes, and per capita by representation.

Intestate Succession Under the Uniform Probate Code (Based on 2008 Amendments)

This exercise introduces users to the Uniform Probate Code scheme of intestate succession. It explores the application of the Code (as amended in 2008) to various hypothetical situations and gives feedback to the student utilizing the applicable Code provisions. The program examines the inheritance rights of descendants, ancestors and collateral heirs and looks to subsidiary problems of inheritance such as the rights of posthumous heirs, adopted heirs, illegitimate children, and the slayer of the decedent. The requirement of survivorship is also explored.

Powers of Appointment

This lesson addresses the creation and exercise of a power of appointment. The lesson discusses the different parties involved in the creation of a power of appointment. The lesson includes a variety of problems designed to test the student's understanding of the rules governing the power of appointment.