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Fall 2023
5339 Trusts & Wills - TAMBORELLO- 13847

Professor(s): Gus Tamborello (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Real Property, Trusts and Estates 

Time: 6:00p-7:30p  TTH  Location: 102A 

Course Outline: This course is designed (i) to expose students to the most essential doctrines of the law of trusts and the law of wills in the context of the law of gratuitous transfers in general; (ii) to familiarize students with significant provisions of statutory laws (including the Texas Probate Code and the Texas Trust Code) of relevance in these fields; and (iii) to help students develop critical problem solving skills in the law of trusts and the law of wills.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.



First Day Assignments: Reading Assignments

Final Exam Schedule: 12/12/20236-9pm  210  211  

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: Important (MEE)

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

I. Required Course Materials
A. Textbook
Wills, Trusts, and Estates, Eleventh Edition, Robert H. Sitkoff, Jesse Dukeminier
Published 11/12/2021 (ISBN: 9781543824469).
Connected eBook with Study Center + Print Book
(New print textbook includes access to the eBook, study center)
ISBN: 9781543824469
Digital Bundle: Wills, Trusts, and Estates, Eleventh Edition with Connected Quizzing
ISBN: 9781543856736
B. Statutes
In the past, I have required the students to have a current edition of the Texas Estates Code
and Texas Property Code (which contains the Texas Trust Code). Even though the Texas Bar Exam
is now basing its questions on the Uniform Probate Code and the Uniform Trust Code, I feel it is
important for the students to also learn Texas law on the subject. Therefore, my strong suggestion
will be to purchase the 2023 edition (when available) of Johanson’s Texas Estates Code Annotated
published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw. Alternative option: Jones McClure Texas Estates Code.
The text book itself has references to the Uniform Probate Code and the Uniform Trust Code, so you
will not need to purchase the uniform codes.
NOTE- Do not purchase the 2022 edition or earlier because it will not contain the legislative
changes which will be made by the Texas legislature in the Summer of 2023

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