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Wills and Estate Planning Subject Guide

A pathfinder designed to educate people about wills and estate planning.

World Wide Web Resources

Estate Planning

“A guide to law regarding estate planning, "the process by which an individual or family arranges the transfer of assets in anticipation of death." Includes federal and state law and court decisions, and links to related websites. From the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell Law School.”

Living Trust Network

“Learn about estate planning tools, find legal resources, and locate an attorney.”

Wills and Estate Planning

“Provides basic guidelines for preparing a simple will, and information on guardianship, life insurance, probate, living trusts, and funeral planning. Also includes a FAQ for executors. From Nolo, a California publisher of legal self-help books.”

Library Databases

Ebsco Legal Information Reference Center Database:

"Providing online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center™ contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes."

Print Resources

Non Fiction

Abts III, Henry W. The living trust : the failproof way to pass along your estate to your heirs without lawyers, courts, or the probate system Chicago, IL : Contemporary Books, c2003. Call # 346.73 AB

Barnes, Richard E. Estate planning for blended families : providing for your spouse & children in a second marriage Berkeley, CA : Nolo, c2009. Call # 346.7305 BA

Chambers, Joy S. The easy will and living will kit : + CD - ROM Naperville, IL : Sphinx Pub., c2005. Call # 346.7305 CH

Clifford, Denis Nolo's simple will book  Berkeley, CA : Nolo, c2003. Call # 346.73 CL

Elias, Stephen Special needs trusts : protect your child's financial future Berkeley, CA : Nolo, c2011. Call # 344.7301 EL

Fish, Barry The family fight : planning to avoid it Washington, DC : Continental Atlantic Publications, c2002. Call # 346.73 FIS

Godbe, Douglas The wills and trusts kit : your complete guide to planning for the future Naperville, IL : Sphinx Pub., c2006. Call # 346.7305 GO

Hanks, Liza Weiman The busy family's guide to estate planning : 10 steps to peace of mind Berkeley, CA : Nolo, c2007. Call # 322.024 HA

Maple, Stephen M. The complete idiot's guide to wills and estates New York, NY : Alpha Books, c2003. Call # 346.73 MAP

Orman, Suze Suze Orman's protection portfolio : the forms you need today to protect your tomorrows Carlsbad, CA : Hay House, c2002. Call # 332.024 OR

Palermo, Michael T.  AARP crash course in estate planning : the essential guide to wills, trusts, and your personal legacy New York, NY : Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., c2004. Call # 346.7305 PA

Platt, Harvey J. Your will & estate plan : how to protect your estate and your loved ones New York, NY : Allworth Press, c2003. Call # 346.7305 PL

Prangley, Karin The American Bar Association guide to wills & estates : everything you need to know about wills, estates, trusts, & taxes New York, NY : Random House Reference, c2009. Call # 346.73 AM

Quicken Will Maker plus : estate planning essentials Berkeley, CA : Nolo, c2005. Call # 346.7305 QU

Silverman, Rachel Emma The Wall Street journal complete estate planning guidebook New York, NY : Crown Business, c2011. Call # 332.024 SI

Sitarz, Daniel Prepare your own will : the national will kit Carbondale, IL : Nova Pub. Co., c2000. Call # 346.73 SI

Warda, Mark  Make your own simple will : (+ CD-ROM) Naperville, IL : Sphinx Pub., c2006. Call # 346.7305 WA

Welch, III, Stewart H., Apolinsky, Harold I., and Stephens, Craig J.K. Lasser's new rules for estate and tax planning Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2012. Call # 343.7305 WE


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