Professors' Corner

Professors' Corner: Wills in the Twenty-First Century: Towards Sensible Application of Formalities

Professors' Corner is a monthly webinar which features a panel of law professors, discussing recent cases or issues of interest to real estate or trust and estate practitioners and scholars. The Professor's Corner Webinar is sponsored by the Joint Legal Education and Uniform Laws Group of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

Joint Legal Education and Uniform Laws Group
The History of Wills in Estate Planning

The History of Wills in Estate Planning



  • Naomi R Cahn, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
  • Bridget Jane Crawford, Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY
  • Karen J Sneddon, Mercer University Walter F George School of Law, Macon, GA


  • Amy Morris Hess, University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN

The formalities for wills are often applied rigidly and thoughtlessly, driven largely by history, even as they may no longer serve their historic purposes. The panelists will show how relaxing or even abandoning so-called “time tested” formalities may serve the larger end of ensuring that decedents’ intent in the disposition of estates is carried out.


The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for for this program or any Professors’ Corner programs.

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