Digital Collection

The library offers access to a wide variety of e-books and databases with legal information. Our e-book collection includes various practice guides, legal treatises, and self-help materials that can be borrowed and read in your Web browser or on an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Our legal databases provide access to downloadable legal forms, case law, law review articles, and other legal information. Use the links on this page to access our e-books and legal databases.

You will need your library card number and have your library account in good standing in order to borrow e-books and access most of our legal databases. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account from home! Learn more about how to register for a library account from home.

The titles below are available to you from home if you have a current library account with us. If you don't have a library account with us, Texas residents can register online. Learn more about how to register online.

Texas Titles

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    By Kenneth McLaughlin. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1993.

    Designed for the estate and probate practitioner, this title covers planning, drafting, and interpretation of Texas wills, testamentary trusts, revocable inter vivos trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and more. The title contains commentary on current federal and state statutory and case law, including recent changes in the Texas Probate Code regarding declarations of guardians.

    View the table of contents for this multi-volume set.

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    By Dianne Reis. Published by James Publishing. 2005.

    This title covers estate planning, including wills, Medicaid-oriented estate planning, generation-skipping transfer planning, and trusts. Tax considerations are presented and supported with examples. Sample wills, trusts and clauses and sample client estate planning questionnaires are included on the CD, as well as the full text of the book.

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    By Kenneth McLaughlin. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1996.

    This set provides coverage of every aspect of probate law and estate and trust administration in Texas. It includes sample forms and letters, procedural checklists, lists of source materials, charts and diagrams, tables of statutes, rules and regulations, and a quick reference index.

    View the table of contents for this multi-volume set.

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    By Linda Ashar. Published by Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. 2013. 1st edition.

    "The right plan can protect the value of your estate and spare your loved ones unnecessary hassles and legal conflicts. The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate In Texas will help you glide through this complicated process. This new book has been adapted to offer Texas residents state-specific advice for estate planning. Author Linda C. Ashar, attorney at law, has crafted an estate-planning primer, allowing Texas residents to become more informed and more involved during the process. Texas-specific information is offered throughout this book, including Texas’ probate code; Texas rules, regulations, and laws specific to estate planning; elements of a valid Texas will; planning your living will in Texas; and explanations of Texas laws regarding durable health care power of attorney, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, and directives to withhold CPR. The book’s easy-to-understand context clarifies this complicated and sensitive subject and gives readers the power to take control of their futures." - from

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    By Linda Ashar. Published by Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. 2013. 1st edition.

    "Author Linda C. Ashar, attorney at law, has crafted an estate-planning primer that allows Texas residents to become more informed and more involved during the process. Your Texas Wills, Trusts, & Estates Explained Simply will provide all the information you need to choose, set up, and execute a will, trust, or estate. You will learn the legal terminology, including beneficiary, probate, trustor, trustee, assets, guardianship, and executor. You will also learn about trust agreements, trust property, settlement costs, life insurance, durable powers of attorney, marital deductions, gift splitting, survivorship deeds, gift tax issues, generation skipping transfer tax, tax deferred accounts, and advance directives." - from

General/Federal Titles

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    By Ralph Warner. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 10th ed.

    This book provides over 100 ready to use forms and contracts for a variety of everyday legal and practical situations faced by most users. Some of the forms included are simple wills, power of attorney, leases, child care agreements, daily expenses and monthly budgets.

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    By Lita Epstein. Published by F+W Media. 2009.

    Contains questions dealing with basic to more complex estate planning concerns. Includes topics such as the probate process, selling property, handling business dealings, life insurance, incompetency planning, and medical decision planning.

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    By Margaret Munro. Published by Wiley. 2013.

    "Your plain-English guide to administering an estate and/or trust

    As more and more of the population reach senior ages--including baby boomers, many of whom do not have wills--an increasing number of people are being thrust into the role of executor, administrator, personal representative of an estate, or trustee of a trust after the death of a loved one. This updated edition of Estate & Trust Administration For Dummies guides you through the confusing process of administering an estate and/or trust.

    Settling an estate and administering a trust can be complicated, messy, and time-consuming for individuals named as executor or trustee, most of whom have no previous experience with such matters. Estate & Trust Administration For Dummies shows you how to make sound decisions for your unique circumstances.
    Guides you through the confusing process of administering an estate and/or trust
    Provides expert advice on unfamiliar estate and trust tax law
    Gives you a practical checklist to follow for all of your estate and trust administration questions and concerns

    Whether you're looking for guidance on how to navigate the probate process and estate taxes, settle debts and bequests, fund a trust, comply with tax regulations, or anything in between, this hands-on, friendly guide takes away the mystery and provides detailed answers to all of your estate and trust administration questions." - from the publisher

    The EPUB format of this title may not be compatible for use on all handheld devices.

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    By Clifford Denis. Published by Nolo Press. 2015. 8th edition.

    "Get the need-to-know basics about wills, trusts, avoiding probate, and planning for incapacity with Estate Planning Basics. This book lays out your options in plain English, guiding you to the right estate plan for you and your family.

    Learn about:

    making a will or living trust
    naming a guardian for your children
    avoiding probate
    choosing an executor
    using durable powers of attorney
    preparing a health care directive

    The 8th edition is completely updated to reflect the latest information about estate planning, including up-to-date estate and gift tax laws. - from the publisher

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    By Richard Barnes. Published by Nolo Press. 2009. 1st ed.

    This title walks families in second marriages through the process of wills, trusts, and taxes to ensure that both children from past and present marriages can be provided for in the future.

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    By Deborah Layton. Published by F+W Media. 2011.

    A "how-to" guide for individuals needing assistance with end-of-life decision planning. Advises readers on: creating an estate plan, understanding probate, drafting a will, having a power of attorney, creating a trust, and paying taxes.

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    By Mary Randolph. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 7th ed.

    Nolo’s Executor’s Guide gives readers a road map through the legal procedures involved in settling an estate. This plain-English Guide will help readers understand a will and what to do if no will exists, determine whether probate is needed, identify who inherits, and how survivors can claim insurance benefits.

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    By Shae Irving. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 7th edition.

    This workbook assists readers with organizing personal records, documents, and belongings to prepare for the executor of his or her estate.

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    By Grayson McCouch. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 6th edition.

    "This Nutshell presents an introduction to estate planning. Subjects covered include the transfer of property at death at will under the intestate law, survivor interests, community property, and "simple" wills. Addresses insurance, estates arising from status, Social Security, pensions, workers' compensation, and veterans benefits. Discusses charitable trusts, the rule in Shelley's case, the Doctrine of Worthier Title, the Rule Against Perpetuities, and the Rule Against Accumulations. Also addresses fiduciary administration and federal estate and gift taxes." - from the publisher

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    By Denis Clifford. Published by Nolo Press. 2017. 13th ed.

    "Make Your Own Living Trust includes all the forms you need to create your own trust, plus step-by-step instructions for filling them out. Unlike a will, a living trust lets your family bypass probate court—which saves everyone money, delay, and hassle." - from the publisher

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    By William Herbert Page. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1960. 2nd edition.

    This comprehensive set features an examination of topics such as the history of the law of wills and testaments, the elements of the will, alteration and spoliation, probate and contest, and construction. Volume 7 contains forms necessary for estate planning.

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    By Denis Clifford. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 13th ed.

    This comprehensive guide covers important topics in estate planning, such as wills, living trusts, estate, gift and inheritance taxes, and powers of attorney. Written in plain-English, Nolo's Plan Your Estate shows readers how to avoid probate, leave property to family or charity, and how to establish health care directives.

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    By William McGovern; Sheldon F. Kurtz; David English. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 2nd ed.

    "This book introduces students to the federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax laws; grantor trust rules affecting the wealth disposition process; and the income tax rules applicable to estates and trusts. It covers recent cases and secondary literature and also includes a discussion of comparative law." - from the publisher

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    By Denis Clifford. Published by Nolo Press. 2017.

    This title provides forms and step-by-step instructions to help you name beneficiaries, set up a trust for minors, finalize your will, and more.

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    By Richard Stim. Published by Nolo Press. 2008.

    " The book advises you on how to estimate real retirement needs and create a workable savings and investment plan. Even more importantly, it advises you to make personal preparations for life after work, including: leading a healthier lifestyle, spending more time with spouses, and more." - from the publisher

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    By John Regan. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1991.

    This title contains checklists, practice tips, state specific tables, sample client letters and intake forms on topics such as medicaid, nursing homes, durable powers of attorney, income tax planning, and estate planning.

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    By Gerald Shaw. 2011.

    "This title helps those chosen as a trustee or executor carry out the wishes of the deceased. It will help you become familiar with many estate and trust management terms, such as beneficiary, probate, remaindermen, trust agreement, trust property, trustor, and trustee." - from the publisher

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    By Linda Ashar and Sandy Ann Baker. Published by Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. 2009.

    "Whether many people realize it or not, a will is a vital necessity in making sure all assets and wishes are properly attended to after death. Yet, according to a recent survey, more than 55 percent of all American adults do not have a will, assuming that because they do not have substantial assets, it is an unnecessary task. Many more people neglect it because it seems too complex and time consuming. Fortunately, with this guide in hand, you will have a comprehensive outlook on exactly what a will entails and what you need to do to prepare one." - from the publisher

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    By Liza Hanks. Published by Nolo Press. 2009.

    " The Mom's Guide to Wills & Estate Planning gives you practical, straightforward recommendations on estate planning options and provides a solid plan that every family can find the time to follow -- without the expense of hiring an attorney." -from the publisher

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    By Liza Hanks; Carol Elias. Published by Nolo Press. 2017. 4th ed.

    This title helps to inform trustees of their legal responsibilities, as well as various other topics, including: how to invest trust assets, how to set up ongoing trusts for the surviving spouses, children or beneficiaries with special needs, and more.

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    By Melanie Leslie. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 2nd Ed.

    "This new Concepts and Insights title makes complex doctrinal rules easier to understand by exploring the history and rationale behind those rules. The analysis is thorough, and focuses both on common law doctrines and statutory reforms?with an emphasis on the Uniform Probate Code. Each substantive chapter closes with a set of exam-like problems designed to test understanding of the material included in the chapter. The authors also include thorough solutions to each of these problems. This is the only book in the field that combines thorough doctrinal analysis with more than 60 review problems, each with complete solutions." - from

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    By Roger Anderson. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2009. 5th edition.

    Designed as a supplementary text for students, this volume discusses foundational principles of estates and trusts. Each case cited includes a brief factual description and extensive footnotes direct the reader to other sections of the book and related cases.

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    By Lawrence H. Averill. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 6th.

    "Authoritative coverage provides detailed explanations of the provisions, definitions, and concepts of the Uniform Probate Code (UPC) and the Uniform Trust Code (UTC). UPC topics covered include probate jurisdiction of the courts; intestate succession involving wills and donative transfers; and probate of wills and administration. UTC topics include creation, validity, modification, and termination of trust; discretionary and revocable trusts; creditor's claims and spendthrift trusts; duties, powers, and liability of trustees; and rights of persons dealing with trustees." - from the publisher

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    By Robert Mennell. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 4th Edition.

    "The fourth edition of this book updates laws affecting intestate succession, wills, guardianships, and trusts. It introduces wills terminology to the lay audience and summarizes the law of trusts with references to the Uniform Trust Code and the Restatement of Trusts. It uses problems arising from celebrity peccadilloes and deaths, such as those of Brooke Astor, James Brown, Michael Jackson, and Anna Nichole Smith, to illustrate legal issues. The book can be adopted to supplement a traditional wills and trusts class or as the sole text for a seminar." - from the publisher

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    By William M. McGovern; Sheldon F. Kurtz; David English. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 4th ed.

    "This book provides an analysis of the laws of intestate succession, wills, trusts, future interests, and the construction of wills and trusts. The book relies heavily on the provisions of the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Trust Code, and other uniform laws relating to the transfer of wealth. The book also includes an overview of the federal transfer tax laws." - from

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