Joan G. Wexler

Dean and President Emerita

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7900 |  Email
Areas of Expertise

Family Law
Tax Law

B.S., Cornell University
M.A.T., Harvard University
J.D., Yale Law School

Family Law

This course explores the relationship between the family and the state. Specific topics will be selected by the instructor from among the following: premarital regulation, antenuptial agreements, marriage, nontraditional families, parent-child relationships, adoption, termination of parental rights, divorce, property distribution, support, custody, and separation agreements.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam. For winter session students will have a take home exam.

Federal Estate and Gift Tax

A survey of the principles of federal estate and gift taxation, including a determination of the gross estate, testamentary substitutes, valuation, the marital deduction, administrative expenses and losses, the annual exclusion and the unified transfer tax credit, related income tax problems and selected topics of estate and gift tax policy.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Final exam.

Trusts and Estates

This course provides an overview of the laws of wills and trusts, emphasizing both fundamental rules for the use of these property transfer devices and their practical integration in the practice of estate planning. The following general subjects are included in this study: history of the laws of inheritance; intestate succession; the protection of the family in the transfer of wealth; the formalities for the execution, amendment and revocation of wills; the creation and legal nature of different types of trusts, including constructive, resulting, private and charitable trusts; and gifts. Students electing this course may not enroll in Wills and Administration.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.