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ELD-502: Trusts and Estates

3 credits

Upper Level OR Graduate Level in categories: Estate Planning, or Legal Studies

This course has been evaluated and recommended for 3 credits by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), and may be transferred to over 1,500 colleges and universities.



Welcome to LawShelf’s badge program on trusts and trust provisions. In this badge program, we’ll introduce you to the world of trusts and the amazing benefits they can bestow. This program is of low to moderate difficulty (the tax sections are where the moderate difficulty comes in) and no prior knowledge of estate planning or probate law is required.

Trusts have acquired popular reputations as rich people’s devices. We hear terms like “trust fund babies” and think of excessive family wealth being secured for generations



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Introduction to Trusts and Trust Provisions - Module 1 of 6


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Explanations of Common Trust Provisions and Goals - Module 2 of 6


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Creditor Protection Aspects of Trusts and Trust Devices - Module 3 of 6


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Using Trusts for Medicaid and Benefits Planning - Module 4 of 6


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Supplemental Needs Trusts for Disabled Beneficiaries - Module 5 of 6


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Trusts and Taxes: Transfer, Income and Property Tax Implications of Trusts - Module 6 of 6


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Case Study: Matter of Abraham