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The complete book of wills, estates & trusts
Bove, Alexander A., Jr., 1938-
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt, 2000.
Physical Description:
xii, 320 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Complete book of wills & estates. 1st ed. c1989.

Includes index.
Format :


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KF755.Z9 B68 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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An updated and revised edition of the authoritative legal handbook on wills and estates (over forty thousand copies sold), now including a new section on trusts.

The Complete Guide to Wills, Estates, and Trusts, Second Edition features extensively revised will and estate planning information and now details the most up-to-date laws and benefits for a wide variety of trusts, including educational trusts, medicaid trusts, asset protection trusts, and more. Providing clear explanations of legal terms and practices and many asset-saving tips highlighted by entertaining and illustrative stories, Alexander Bove tells readers how to:

o Make a will
o Settle an estate
o Make a claim against an estate
o Contest a will
o Create a living trust
o Avoid probate and taxes

This is the only legal guide readers will ever need to ensure that their money and holdings remain in the family.

Author Notes

Alexander A. Bove, Jr., esq. , is a prominent Boston estate attorney who has been a regular columnist on legal and financial subjects for The Boston Globe for twenty years. He teaches estate planning at Boston University Law School and lives in Boston.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

The shelf life for books on wills and estate planning is often short, but Bove's 10-year-old guide has proven durable because he emphasizes timeless "what's" and "why's" over specific but ever-changing "how-to's." Nonetheless, it is certain that readers will now be reluctant to pick up anything on this topic not written in the twenty-first century. Attorney Bove follows the outline of his first edition to the letter; any revisions relate to changes in the law. He has added a major section on trusts, which is signaled by the addition of trusts to this second edition's title. Bove explains what wills are, why they are needed, how to cancel or change a will, and common--and uncommon--will provisions. He also covers children's and spouses' rights, estate management, executors' responsibilities, contested and lost wills, avoiding probate, and dealing with lawyers. Bove's advice is substantially more informative and helpful than that found in most of the many available "do-it-yourself" guides. --David Rouse