This is a clinic for students interested in working on tax issues, or in representing low income people on a variety of legal planning issues, including estate and end of life planning. Clients include not-for-profit organizations seeking to gain or maintain tax-exempt status, as well as individuals seeking other kinds of legal planning assistance, e.g. with trust and estate issues, health care directives, powers of attorney, permanency planning for children or other dependents, etc. Under the supervision of full-time and adjunct faculty, students take full responsibility for representing their clients. In the course of such representation, students interview and counsel clients, research relevant law and draft ruling requests, advice letters, legal memos, organizational documents, estate planning documents, etc. Students meet weekly in a seminar class in addition to individually with supervising faculty. Some required activities (such as meetings with clients or other entities, investigation and interviews) might take place during normal business hours, but students have a great deal of flexibility to determine their clinic work time during the course of the semester. As such, this clinic works well for students who have other regular obligations, such as parenting or employment. This clinic does not engage in tax controversy cases or other litigation.
Grading: Letter graded
Prerequisite(s): One of the following:
Income Tax (WMCL)
Tax I (HUSL)
Elder Law II (WMCL)
Estates and Trusts (WMCL)
Wstates and Trusts Survey (WMCL)
Wills & Trusts (HUSL)
Pre- or Co-Requisites: Advoocacy (WMCL)*
*Hamline students who have not had the opportunity to take advocacy may have this requirement waived by the instructor if they have received sufficient instruction in LRW and in other skills courses at HUSL.
Credits: 2 or 3
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