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Fall 2023

5368 Estate Planning - BUCKLES- 15398

Professor(s): Johnny Buckles (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Taxation 
Real Property, Trusts and Estates

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location: 211 

Course Outline: This course is designed (i) to familiarize students with statutory law (including the Internal Revenue Code and Texas Probate Code), case law, and administrative law of relevance in the practice area of estate planning; and (ii) to develop students¿ ability to understand and apply basic estate planning techniques.

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.


Prerequisites: Yes  Federal Income Tax and Trusts & Wills (unless, due to extraordinary circumstances, special permission from the professor is obtained in advance)

First Day Assignments: For Monday, August 21, please read (1) the syllabus for the course, posted electronically; and (2) the Preface and Chapter 1 of Professor Emeritus William Streng’s Estate Planning materials, available here:

For Wednesday, August 23, please read Chapter 2, pages 1-35, of Professor Emeritus Streng’s Estate Planning materials. Also read and begin answering the questions for Problem Set 1 (available on my UHLC faculty webpage by clicking on the link for Fall 2023 Estate Planning, here:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/6 9am-12pm  211    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Daniel J. Lathrope. Selected Federal Taxation Statutes and Regulations (most recent edition). ISBN: 9798887863160