Wills, Trusts and Estates for the D.C. Area Practitioner

This practice guide provides attorneys with a comprehensive and current analysis of probate and estate planning and administration in the D.C. area, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
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Wills, Trusts and Estates for the D.C. Area Practitioner is a one-volume practice guide with expert analysis and nearly every form an attorney needs for probate law, estate planning and administration in Washington D.C., Maryland or Virginia. This treatise includes a wide variety of clauses that are basic forms for a will and collateral disposition and management matters. The clauses are divided by category and are followed by extensive commentary and detailed annotations with the specific characteristics of the local law on that subject. Includes downloadable forms content. The forms include:

  • a will preparation checklist and client interview sheet
  • living wills for the District of Columbia and Maryland
  • health care power of attorney forms for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia
  • timetables for estate administration in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Preparation of a Good Will
3. Client Interview
4. Collateral Planning
5. Preliminary Statements
6. Specific, Demonstrative and General Bequests
7. Disposition of Residuary Estate
8. Testamentary Trusts
9. Clauses Involving Minors
10. Appointment of Fiduciary and Fiduciary Powers
11. Signature, Attestation and Miscellaneous Clauses
12. Administration in the District of Columbia
13. Administration in the State of Maryland
14. Administration in the Commonwealth of Virginia
15. Ancillary Administration (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia)
16. Important Federal Tax Points
17. District of Columbia Estate Tax
18. International Wills