Intestate Succession Discussion Assignment
1. Locate the “elective share” statute in your state.
a) What is the citation?
b) What percentage of the estate does the spouse get if there are no lineal descendants of decedent?
c) What percentage if there are lineal descendants?
2. Under the intestate succession statute in your state, what would be the distribution of this estate under scenarios A, B and C?
The decedent owned a house, in which he lived, worth $145,000. The decedent owned two other properties: an apartment building valued at $750,000, and a warehouse valued at $150,000. Decedent also left several bank accounts totaling $100,000.
Scenario A: Decedent was married at the time of death, and is survived by one child of a prior marriage.
Scenario B: Decedent was divorced and had two children of that dissolved marriage.
Scenario C: Decedent was married, had two children from the marriage, and one child out of wedlock.
Grading Rubric for Writing Assignment
Your professor may use a slightly different rubric, but the standard rubric at AUR will assess your writing according to the following standards:
|A (4)||B (3)||C (2)||D/F (1/0)|
|Focus: Purpose||Purpose is clear||Shows awareness of purpose||Shows limited awareness of purpose||No awareness|
|Main idea||Clearly presents a||There is a main idea||Vague sense of a||No main idea|
|main idea and||supported throughout||main idea, weakly|
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|Organization:||Well-planned and||Good overall||There is a sense of||No sense of|
|Overall||well-thought out.||organization, includes||organization,||organization|
|Includes title,||the main||although some of the|
|introduction,||organizational tools.||organizational tools|
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|Paragraphs||clear ideas, are||clear ideas, are||have clear ideas,|
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|examples and have||examples and have||examples may be|
|smooth transitions.||transitions.||missing and|
|transitions are weak.|
|Content||Exceptionally well-||Well-presented and||Content is sound and||Content is not sound|
|presented and||argued; ideas are||solid; ideas are|
|argued; ideas are||detailed, developed||present but not|
|detailed, well-||and supported with||particularly|
|developed,||evidence and details,||developed or|
|supported with||mostly specific.||supported; some|
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|Research (if||Sources are||Sources are well||Sources support||The paper does not|
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|component)||argued in the paper||occasional errors, but||well within the||integrated well.|
|very effectively.||the sources and||paper’s argument.||They are not cited|
|Quotations and||Works Cited conform||There may be a few||correctly according|
|Works Cited||to MLA style sheet.||errors in MLA||to MLA style, nor|
|conform to MLA||style..||listed correctly on|
|style sheet.||the Works Cited|
|Style: Sentence||Sentences are clear||Sentences are clear||Sentences are||Sentences aren’t|
|structure||and varied in||but may lack||generally clear but||clear|
|pattern, from simple||variation; a few may||may have awkward|
|to complex, with||be awkward and there||structure or unclear|
|excellent use of||may be a few||content; there may|
|punctuation.||punctuation errors.||be patterns of|
|Style: Word||There is clear use of||There is an attempt at||There is little||No attempt at style|
|choice, Tone||a personal and||a personal style but||attempt at style;|
|unique style of||style of writing may||reads as flat and|
|writing, suited to||be awkward or||perhaps|
|audience and||unsuited to audience||uninteresting in|
|purpose; the paper||and purpose; the||content, which is|
|holds the reader’s||reader may lose||usually generalized|
|interest with ease.||interest in some||and clichéd.|
|sections of the paper.|
|Style: Details||Large amounts of||Some use of specific||Little use of specific||No use of examples|
|and Examples||specific examples||examples and||examples and|
|and detailed||detailed descriptions.||details; mostly|
|descriptions.||May have extended||generalized|
|examples that go on||examples and little|
|for too long.||description.|
|Grammar &||Excellent grammar,||A few errors in||Shows a pattern of||Continuous errors|
|Mechanics||spelling, syntax and||grammar, spelling,||errors in spelling,|
|punctuation.||syntax and||grammar, syntax|
|punctuation, but not||and/or punctuation.|
|many.||Could also be a sign|
|of lack of proof-|
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