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Welcome to Law 20 - Fall 2013

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Welcome to Law 20 - Probate Law for Fall 2013.


1st week assignment - Let's get going. Make sure you read the class syllabus and print out the calendar of activities (duedates). 

Required Textbook

probate book



order textbook

How to Probate an Estate in California  22nd edition by: Julia Nissley - Nolo Press -  ISBN:   1413318290 / 9781413318296 


Table of Contents


  1. An Overview
  2. First Steps in Settling an Estate
  3. Who Are the Heirs and Beneficiaries?
  4. What Is the Decedent’s Estate?
  5. Preparing a Schedule of the Assets and Debts
  6. How to Identify the Best Transfer Procedure
  7. What About Taxes?
  8. Transferring Title to Real Property
  9. How to Transfer Securities
  10. Joint Tenancy Property
  11. Transferring Small Estates Under $100,000
  12. How to Transfer Trust Property and Property Subject to Life Estates
  13. An Overview of the Probate Court Process
  14. Conducting a Simple Probate Court Proceeding
  15. Handling Property That Passes Outright to the
  16. Surviving Spouse or Domestic Partner
  17. If You Need Expert Help
G. Glossary

A. California Probate Code §§ 13100–13106
B. Judicial Council Forms
C. Non-Judicial-Council Forms

Probate Resources
1. California Judges Probate Bench Guide
2. Self Help - Probate - Santa Clara


Grade Distribution 

Tests - 25% of your grade

Assignments - 25% of your grade

Probate Forms - 35% of your grade

Discussion Forums - 15% of your grade


The class is divided into quizzes - 25% of your grade,  assignments - 25%,  Class participation - Discussions  - weekly online discussions -15% of your grade, and Probate Forms 25% of your grade

The quizzes are not timed, nor multiple choice, but are short question/answer "open book" exams to test your understanding of the textbook.    

Assignments - 25%

 The first assignment is to Assignment #1 - Prepare a simple will -   and Assignment #2 -  Calculate Attorneys Fees to probate an estate.

Class Participation - Discussions  - 15%

During the 1st week of class you will post your introduction under discussions, and also post to the following discussion topics - law study, legal argumentation, strategies against procrastination, learning ethics, reading law cases. Thereafter, each week, online students will post three times to each  

Probate Forms - 35%
Probate Forms - Look at the probate forms you will prepare and submit in this class.

You will use the following facts for all of your forms (facts are being updated for Fall 2013)

Class Rules

  • No cheating please - copying work, or quiz answers from another student is "cheating".
  • Be constructive and productive
  • Do not gripe or whine
  • Ask questions
  • Contribute replies
  • Expect to be misunderstood and to misunderstand
  • Don't take things personally
  • Be supportive
  • Remember that mistakes are learning opportunities
  • Learning is fun, challenging, frustrating, and exciting at the same time. 

    General Rules for Management:

  • Keep your posts short - one to two paragraphs.
  • Keep one topic/question per post - don't mix topics.
  • Keep your posts short - one to two paragraphs.
  • It is normal to feel lost. ASK lots of questions.
  • Keep one topic/question per post - don't mix topics.

    How does that sound? I think we can handle this. Did we forget anything?

    Let the journey begin !

Brief Description of our coverage of Probate Law -    The class covers the handling of an estate through the courts and probate administration.

updated: 8/18/13 @  5:58 pm

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