26 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2013 Last revised: 15 Mar 2014
Date Written: September 29, 2013
The law of wills, trusts, and estates could benefit from consideration of its development and impact on people of color; women of all colors; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals; low-income and poor individuals; the disabled; and nontraditional families. One can measure the law’s commitment to justice and equality by understanding the impact on these historically disempowered groups of the laws of intestacy, spousal rights, child protection, will formalities, will contests, and will construction; the creation, operation and construction of trusts; fiduciary administration; creditors’ rights; asset protection; nonprobate transfers; planning for incapacity and death; and wealth transfer taxation. This essay reviews examples of what the authors call “critical trusts and estates scholarship” and identifies additional avenues of inquiry that might be fruitfully pursued by other scholars who are interested in bringing an “outsider” perspective to their work in this area.
Keywords: wills, trusts, estates, critical theory, gender, race, class, disability, sexual orientation
JEL Classification: K1, K10, K19, K39
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Crawford, Bridget J. and Infanti, Anthony C., A Critical Research Agenda for Wills, Trusts and Estates (September 29, 2013). Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Journal, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2333242 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2333242