Martin Begleiter Prof ile
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Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Wills and Trusts, Estate Planning, Taxation


J.D. Cornell Law School with distinction, Order of the Coif
B.A. University of Rochester, Phi Beta Kappa


Drake Professor since 1977
Attorney, Kelley, Drye & Warren, NY. NY

Selected Publications

Problems and Materials On Decedents' Estates and Trusts (7th edition, with Eugene F. Scoles, Edward C. Halbach, Jr. and Patricia G. Roberts, Aspen), 2006

"Anti-Contest Clauses:  When You Care To Send The Final Threat," 26 Arizona State Law Journal 629

"First Let's Sue All the Lawyers - What Will We Get: Damages for Estate Planning Malpractice," 51 Hastings Law Journal 325

"Does Prudent Investor Need the Uniform Prudent Investor Act - An Empirical Study of Trust Investment Practices," 51 Maine Law Review 27

Significant Accomplishments

Member, American Law Institute

Academic Fellow of The American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel (ACTEC)

Adviser, Restatement (Third) of Trusts

ABA Advisor to National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws revision to Uniform Probate Code

ABA Advisor to National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Uniform Anatomical Gift Act

Presented Marvin K. and Florence T. Blount lecture on Estate Planning, University of North Carolina, on "Attorney Malpractice in Estate Planning"

Lecturer, Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute

One of the principal drafters of Iowa Trust Code

Why I Teach

"It is vitally important for the future of the legal profession and for the public that law students receive the best training. That does not mean learning a lot of rules. It means learning to listen to clients, to understand their hopes, their fears and their objectives, both spoken and unspoken. In estate planning, it means that the client should feel good about the experience. The client should feel that his or her objectives have been accomplished in a cooperative effort with the lawyer.

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