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Estate Planning (LAWS 5402)

Course Info

This course covers the federal law of estate and gift taxation. Topics include the computation of the estate tax, the taxation of gifts, the assets included in the gross estate, deductions from the gross estate to compute the taxable estate, credits against the tax, the generation-skipping transfer tax, and estate planning ideas and techniques, such as the use of trusts. The income taxation of estates and trusts is also covered. Grade is based on class participation and a major written paper on a topic chosen by the student and approved in advance by the instructor.


Prof. Thomas Hausman

Prof. Thomas I. Hausman specializes in tax, partnership and corporate practice, estate planning, and tax controversies. He counsels clients on, and prepares, partnership and LLC operating agreements, succession planning agreements, wills, trusts, merger and business acquisition agreements, like-kind exchanges, and generally represents businesses in their regular business needs. He advises clients who desire to invest in businesses and real estate ventures. In addition, Tom represents taxpayers in tax controversy matters before the Internal Revenue Service, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, and in the United States Tax Court.

Since 1992, Tom has taught tax law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. From 1994 to 2005, he was a full-time faculty member of the Law School, and was the Administrative Director of the School’s Graduate Tax (LL.M.) Program. He continues to be an adjunct professor at the Law School, teaching courses in Estate Planning and Partnership Tax.

Tom is a frequent speaker at the Cleveland Tax Institute, and was the general chairman in 1996. He is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Partnership Tax Sub-Committee; and the Ohio State Bar Association. He is also a member of the Federal Tax Specialty Board, Ohio State Bar Association, 2000 to date.


The syllabus for your course is available on Canvas.


Study Aids

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CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) Wills & Trusts lessons


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Quimbee Wills, Trusts, and Estates materials

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