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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

Trusts and Estates (ELD-502)


Various (self-study, self-paced).

Various, distance learning format.

December 2021 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: discuss the nature of trusts and the parties to trusts; differentiate between revocable living trusts, irrevocable living trusts, and testamentary trusts; identify the assets that transfers to trusts can and cannot protect from creditors; outline how trusts can be used to plan for potential disability and for the benefit of people that have disabilities; and apply transfer tax rules to determine how trusts can be used as part of effective transfer tax planning.


This course discusses trusts and the benefits they can bestow. It looks at the most common types of trusts and the most important and common provisions that go into them. The course methodically looks at the various problems that trusts can solve and how they solve them. These problems include transfer taxes, benefits planning, creditor protection, and holding assets for disabled beneficiaries.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate OR in the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Estate Planning or Legal Studies (6/21).