Wills, Trusts & Estates


Wills & estates

  • My State Will — Offers several interactive programs: an estate tax calculator, intestacy calculators (one for each state) and state law summaries. Also includes charts and facts, sample intestacy problems and more.
  • Legal Research for Estate Planners — A comprehensive directory of estate planning links divided into six categories: general estate planning research, national estate planning sites, state and local estate planning sites, specific estate planning topics, estate planning literature, and estate planning practice tools.
  • Estate Planning Links — Another annotated directory. Topics include asset protection, elder law, valuation, charitable planning and business continuity.
  • Trust & Estates Legal & Practice Materials — Links to specialized sites on trusts, estate planning, estate and trust administration, ethics and other topics. Also links to forms.
  • Estates and Trusts — From Cornell’s Legal Information Institute. Links to probate, property and taxation statutes for each state.

Charitable planning

  • America’s Charities — Links to charities nationwide. Search by charity type or name.
  • National Committee on Planned Giving — Includes news, a resource center, ethics and standards, and educational information, all geared toward charitable contributions.
  • Gift and Estate Resources for Professionals — Numerous links to case studies, articles and handouts (e.g., Planning Mistakes to Avoid, Donor Motives, Charitable Tools, Things Clients Should Know). Also links to many sources of U.S. tax information.


  • Living Trust FAQ — Why make a living trust? Is it expensive? A hassle? Can a living trust reduce estate taxes? This page answers these questions and links to related articles (e.g., Make a Living Trust in Your State).
  • Heritage Living Trust — In-depth information about living trusts. Discusses probate, estate taxes, conservatorship, joint tenancy and other topics. Includes a blog, Q&A and additional resources.
  • Wealth Management Resource Guide — Database of trust institutions, administration services, investment advisers and more.

Aging and end-of-life issues

  • Elder Law Answers — Comprehensive site on elder law. Links to state-by-state information as well as checklists, a long-term care guide, a blog, a discussion board, news reports, Elder Law Radio and more.
  • Elder Law Resources — From the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Includes an elder law bibliography and a list of links to legal and government resources, associations, international information and more.
  • Recognizing Elder Abuse — A guide by the National Council for Aging Care on how to recognize elder abuse and knowing your rights.
  • Death and Dying Issues — From California Western School of Law. Lists and describes books, articles, videos and Internet resources.
  • Organ Donation — In-depth information from the National Library of Medicine.


Associations & agencies

Journals, news & articles

Research guides