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William M. McGovern

Professor of Law Emeritus

William M. McGovern A.B. Princeton, 1955
LL.B. Harvard, 1958
UCLA Faculty Since 1971
Biography | Bibliography


McGovern’s California Probate Code Annotated. Bancroft Whitney (2007). Prior editions: 2000, 1997; 1996; etc.

Wills, Trusts & Estates. 3rd ed. Casenotes (2004). Prior editions:  2nd, 1996; 1st, 1990.

Wills, Trusts and Estates Including Taxation and Future Interests (with Sheldon F. Kurtz). 3rd ed. West Publishing (2004). Prior editions: 2nd, 2001; 1st (with Jan Ellen Rein and Sheldon Kurtz), 1988.

Contracts and Sales: Contemporary Cases and Problems (with Lary Lawrence and Bryan Hull). 2nd ed. LexisNexis (2002). Prior edition: Matthew Bender, 1986.

California Revision Commission Background Study: Rules of Construction: Probate Code Sections 21101-21140. California Law Revision Commission (2000).

Cases and Materials on Wills, Trusts, and Future Interests: An Introduction to Estate Planning. West Publishing (1983).

Articles and Chapters

The Increasing Malpractice Liability of Will Drafters, 133 Trusts & Estates 10-16 (1994).

Undue Influence and Professional Responsibility, 28 Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal 643-81 (1994).

Nonprobate Transfers under the Revised Uniform Probate Code, 55 Albany Law Review 1329-53 (1992). Symposium on the Uniform Probate Code: Reflections on Recent Revisions.

Trust, Custodianships, and Durable Powers of Attorney, 27 Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal 1-47 (1992).

Forfeiture, Inequality of Bargaining Power, and the Availability of Credit: An Historical Perspective, 74 Northwestern University Law Review 141-65 (1979).

Dependent Promises in the History of Leases and Other Contracts, 52 Tulane Law Review 659-705 (1978).

Facts and Rules in the Construction of Wills, 26 UCLA Law Review 285-321 (1978).

The Historical Conception of a Lease for Years, 23 UCLA Law Review 501-28 (1976).

The Payable on Death Account and Other Will Substitutes, 67 Northwestern University Law Review 7-41 (1972).

The Enforcement of Informal Contracts in the Later Middle Ages, 59 California Law Review 1145-93 (1971).

Perpetuities Pitfalls and How Best to Avoid Them, 6 Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal 155-77 (1971).

The Enforcement of Oral Covenants Prior to Assumpsit, 65 Northwestern University Law Review 576-614 (1970).

Contract in Medieval England: The Necessity for Quid Pro Quo and a Sum Certain, 13 American Journal of Legal History 173-201 (1969).

Homicide and Succession to Property, 68 Michigan Law Review 65-110 (1969).

Contract in Medieval England: Wager of Law and the Effect of Death, 54 Iowa Law Review 19-62 (1968).


Book Review, 39 American Journal of Legal History 265-67 (1995). Reviewing Law, Land, and Family: Aristocratic Inheritance in England, 1300 to 1800, by Eileen Spring.

Book Review, 66 Minnesota Law Review 550-60 (1982). Reviewing Rise and Fall of Freedom of Contract, by P.S. Atiyah.

Book Review, 65 Minnesota Law Review 505-09 (1981). Reviewing The Court of King’s Bench: 1450-1550, by Marjorie Blatcher.

Book Review, 25 American Journal of Legal History 75-77 (1981). Reviewing An Introduction to English Legal History (2nd ed.), by J.H. Baker.