C|M|LAW’s Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor Law and Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Browne Lewis published Linking the Certainty of Death and Taxes in the Trusts and Estates edition of Jotwell on January 13, 2014. In this article commentary, Lewis reviews Reid Kress Weisbord’s article, Wills For Everyone: Helping Individuals Opt Out of Intestacy, which was published earlier this year in the Boston College Law Review (53 B.C.L. Rev. 877 (2012)). Lewis praises Weisbord’s attempt to simplify the testamentary process. She agrees with his assertion that in failing to execute a will, most people are not fearing their own mortality and instead are just not willing or able to navigate a complicated testamentary process. She supports his suggestion to make executing a will more like filing a simple tax return, when possible. In sum, she praises his efforts to reduce the rate of intestacy by simplifying the testamentary process.
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