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PARLGL-180 - Estate Planning - Judith M. Sack

Course:Estate Planning
Professor:Judith M. Sack
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Welcome! My name is Judith Sack and I am your instructor for this course. I have a juris doctorate from Hofstra Law School, I am admitted to practice law in California and the focus of my practice is estate planning.  As a lawyer, I will draw upon my professional experiences and training to enrich our learning experience, as you will add to my body of understanding. 

I am excited to be your instructor in this ABA-approved paralegal program. I look forward to spending my time with you this summer, and I hope you find this course filled with valuable information. 

Course Description

This course focuses on the preparation of wills and trusts and analyzes issues related to life insurance, annuities, taxes, and administration after death.

This is a hybrid course consisting of Online Live class meetings and online activities for eight (8) weeks. Students must access Canvas for lecture, links for lecture, discussions, assignments, and quizzes during online sessions. 

This course will assess the appropriate estate planning or non-estate planning administration method of distribution of an estate.

What to Expect in this Course

Be sure to attend class on the first day to avoid being dropped from the course. We will use the Nexis-Uni tool available in our Library Database, as well as open resources to conduct legal research, obtain court forms from the California Judicial Council, and review the conservatorship handbook.

Additional Resources will be provided throughout the course. 

Types of Assessments

This course includes dynamic discussion activities, quizzes, assignments, an individual research paper, and two exams as both learning and assessment tools.

Textbook Information

Textbook Title: Basic Wills, Trusts, and Estates for Paralegals, Eighth Edition, by Jeffrey A. Helewitz, ISBN: 9781543801057

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 1052