Death is unavoidable and disability is likely. These are indeed depressing thoughts that most of us try to avoid. But, failure to plan for these events can leave you and your loved ones in financial and emotional turmoil which can last for decades. Preparing a comprehensive set of estate planning documents is the best way to prevent problems. We will discuss the documents you need including wills, powers of attorney (both financial and medical), trusts, body disposition requests, living wills, guardian declarations, anatomical gifts, mental health treatment declarations, and DNR orders.
Name the documents needed for comprehensive estate planning.
Identify best practices for completing each document.
Identify consequences of failing to complete estate planning documents.
Gerry W. Beyer joined the faculty of the Texas Tech University School of Law in June 2005 as the first holder of the Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professorship. Previously, Prof. Beyer taught at St. Mary’s University and has served as a visiting professor at several other law schools including Boston College, The Ohio State University, Southern Methodist University, the University of New Mexico, Santa Clara University, and La Trobe University (Australia). He is the recipient of dozens of outstanding and distinguished faculty awards including the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the most prestigious university-wide teaching award at Texas Tech. Prof. Beyer was also the recipient of the 2012-2013 Outstanding Researcher Award from the Texas Tech School of Law. As a state and nationally recognized expert in estate planning, Prof. Beyer is a highly sought after lecturer. He presents dozens of continuing legal education presentations each year for many state and local bar associations, universities, and civic groups. Prof. Beyer is the editor of the most popular estate planning blawg in the nation which for the past four years has been named to the ABA Journal's Blawg 100. He has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles focusing on various aspects of estate planning, including a two volume treatise on Texas wills law, an estate planning casebook, and the Wills, Trusts, and Estates volume of the Examples & Explanations series. He has three times won awards from the American Bar Association’s Probate & Property magazine for his writing and is one of the most often downloaded law authors on the Social Science Research Network. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the REPTL Reporter, the official journal of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Prof. Beyer serves as a mentor to many students and various law school organizations as well participating regularly in pro bono activities. He is the advisor for the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal and its annual seminar. Professor Beyer received his J.D. from the Ohio State University and his LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Order of the Coif, an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the American Law Institute.
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