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.