2015 Probate, Trust and Estate Planning Law Manual, which has been updated from
the last edition published in 2013, is now available in the ISBA’s online
store. Much has changed since the last publication, and the new edition
incorporates updates resulting from case law and legislation through the year
The manual is designed to render assistance on a practical level
and, if properly used, to reduce the amount of time the attorney must spend on
the routine, repetitive matters present in the administration of every estate.
This allows the attorney to spend a greater proportion of available time on
those estate matters which require the exercise of judgment, experience and
legal training. It is not designed to be a scholarly treatise on the
substantive law for the administration of decedents' estates.
The manual also provides checklists to alert
attorneys to deadlines, elections and alternate procedures in an effort to
avoid problems in probating an estate. It contains the word "Duty” in red
letters alongside those functions that must be performed. And, it contains the
phrase "Best Practice” in purple type to identify the best court procedure determined by the Clerk’s Manual
Committee as approved by State Court Administration. In addition, highlighted
sections call the user’s attention to updates in the 2015 edition. And the term
"New Practice” highlighted in purple identifies those practices that have been
added to the current edition.
To purchase a copy of the manual, click here
(must be logged into the ISBA website) or visit the ISBA Online Store at the "Store” tab at the top of the ISBA
homepage, click on "Practice Manuals,” then click on "2015 Probate, Trust and
Estate Planning Manual.”