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April 10, 2006.
Kristy Moon, editor.

Off-Campus Access

--Cheryl Nyberg

Have you discovered the Off-Campus Access link in the upper right-hand corner of every Law Library webpage?

Click on the link, type in your UW NetID, and you will enjoy seamless access to the dozens of commercial indexes and databases to which Gallagher Law Library subscribes, such as HeinOnline and LegalTrac.

The same link is found on the UW Libraries webpages (in the upper right-hand corner) and works the same way.

Interdisciplinary Databases

Gallagher Law Library subscribes to many commercial indexes and databases for your research needs, but did you know that UW Libraries offers thousands more indexes and databases including electronic books, journals, maps, newspapers, and reference tools? Next time your research takes you beyond the law into other subjects, check out or consult with a librarian in the Reference Office to identify the most appropriate resources.

Lost & Found

Have you lost or misplaced something in or around Gates Hall? Then stop by the Lost & Found at the Circulation Desk in the Law Library which is the official collector of unclaimed items for the Law School. After a while, all unclaimed items are taken to the campus-wide Lost & Found located at the Information Desk in the Husky Union Building (HUB) (hours and location at

Books of the Week

--Kristy Moon

Washington Estate Planning Deskbook (KFW140.A75 W37 2005 at Reference Area).

Washington Probate Deskbook (KFW144.A75 W37 2005 at Reference Area).

Are you interested in wills and trusts? Whether you’re asked by family and friends to help plan or probate their estates (this can truly happen – see our previous article at, plan to become an estate planning attorney (conventional wisdom says that there will be an increasing demand for this type of service when baby boomers retire soon), or simply want to prepare ahead for the bar exam (each state’s bar exam is unique but almost all states test this subject whether they incorporate the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) into their exams or not – Washington doesn’t include the MBE), this is a useful subject to know.

Two deskbooks on this subject were published by the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) last year. The work on the Washington Estate Planning Deskbook and the Washington Probate Deskbook began in 2003 when the WSBA and a newly created Deskbook Advisory Panel began discussing the project. The estate planning program held regularly at the UW Law School and chaired by UW Law Professor Thomas Andrews provided the starting point. Many of the program presenters became the Deskbooks’ authors and Professor Andrews provided leadership as a member of the Deskbook Advisory Panel and the Steering Committee. So it is no surprise that Professor Andrews is one of the editors-in-chief for both of these Deskbooks.

Although it stands very well on its own, the Probate Deskbook is meant to be a companion volume to the Estate Planning Deskbook. Both books are published in a loose-leaf format and come with CD-ROMs that contain numerous forms and checklists. Although the forms and checklists are also in the books, the CD-ROMs provide a handy way to fill in the blanks of a form online and print it out.

In addition to the CD-ROMs, both books have these features: Table of Cases, Table of Statutes, References (list of citations to secondary sources that were mentioned in the book; includes references to chapter(s) and section(s) in the book where the source was mentioned), and Subject Index. Also, look for "Practice Tips" in square boxes that are found throughout both books.

Some highlights of the Probate Deskbook include timelines for the various steps in the probate or non-probate process (Chapter 2), non-probate transfers with forms for typical situations (Chapter 4), and probate of Native American estates (Chapter 12). The Estate Planning Deskbook chapters "are arranged in a way that roughly mirrors the steps in the estate planning process." Highlights include federal and state tax considerations relevant to estate planning (Chapter 5), issues stemming from changes in circumstances between the time of the execution of a will and the death of the testator (Chapter 8), and the interface between divorce and estate planning (Chapter 9).

Browsing just the Table of Contents for these books will give you a good idea whether this subject appeals to you as a possible specialty and what kinds of issues may appear on the bar exam (or come up via your family and friends).