Ray Madoff is a Professor at Boston College Law School where she teaches trusts and
estates, estate and gift tax, estate planning, and a seminar on immortality and the law.
Professor Madoff is a regular commentator on matters of estate taxes, charitable giving,
and general rights of the dead. She has published several op-eds in the New York Times
and has also published op-eds in the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and the
Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Christian
Science Monitor, and Barons, among other publications. She has appeared on dozens of
radio shows, including All Things Considered, Marketplace and the Leonard Lopate Show. 

Professor Madoff is the author of Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the
American Dead (Yale 2010), which looks at how American law treats the interests of the
dead and what this tells us about our values for the living. The Financial Times calls it
"a sparkling polemic." Professor Madoff has done a number of radio interviews
on the subject including: "Legally Dead," (The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC
Radio), "Changes to U.S. Taxing After Death," (Marketplace), and "The
Rising Power of the American Dead," (AARP Radio: Prime Time Focus), among others.
Professor Madoff was also featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education: "5 Minutes
With: A Law Professor on the Property Rights of the Dead." 

Books

Practical Guide to Estate Planning (with Cornelia R. Tenney, Martin A. Hall, and Lisa N. Mingolla) (2012)

Provides an overview of estate planning, offering the widest variety of discussion on planning principles...

 

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Practical Guide to Estate Planning (with Cornelia R. Tenney, Martin A. Hall, and Lisa N. Mingolla) (2011)

Practical Guide to Estate Planning provides an overview of estate planning, offering the widest variety...

 

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Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead (2010)

This book takes a riveting look at how the law responds to that distinctly American...

 
Practical Guide to Estate Planning (with Cornelia R. Tenney, Martin A. Hall, and Lisa N. Mingolla) (2010)
 
Practical Guide to Estate Planning (with Cornelia R. Tenney, Martin A. Hall, and Lisa Nalchajian) (2009)
 

Articles

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5 Myths About Payout Rules for Donor Advised Funds, The Chronicle of Philanthropy (2014)
 

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It's Time to Reform Donor Advised Funds, Tax Notes (2011)

In this article, Madoff argues that the current law governing donor-advised funds provides too much...

 

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What Leona Helmsley Can Teach Us About the Charitable Deduction, Chicago-Kent Law Review (2010)

When Leona Helmsley, the New York hotel and real estate heiress, died in August 2007,...

 

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Autonomy and End-of-Life Decision Making: Reflections of a Lawyer and a Daughter, Buffalo Law Review (2005)

What is the role of autonomy in end-of-life decision making? As a law professor specializing...

 

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Mediating Probate Disputes: A Study of Court Sponsored Programs, Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal (2004)

This Article examines six court-sponsored programs designed to encourage the use of mediation to resolve...

 

Contributions to Books

Removal, Resignation and Death of Fiduciaries (with Elaine M. Moriarty), Massachusetts Probate Manual (2012)
 

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How the Law Constructs Its Understanding of Death, Children's Understanding of Death: From Biological to Religious Conceptions (2011)

In order to understand how adults deal with children’s questions about death, we must examine...

 
Comment on Tax Consequences on Wealth Accumulation and Transfers of the Rich, Death and Dollars: The Role of Gifts and Bequests in America (2003)

Despite the recent downturn in the stock market, the 1990s boom and the shift to...

 
Tax Considerations, Chapter 11 Theory and Practice: A Guide to Reorganization (1994)
 
United States Estate and Gift Tax Considerations, U.S. Portfolio Investment by Foreign Taxpayers (1989)
 

Popular Press

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How the Government Gives, New York Times (2013)
 

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Tax Write-Off Now, Charity Later, New York Times (2011)
 

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The New Grave Robbers, New York Times (2011)
 

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Give Up on the Estate Tax, New York Times (2010)
 

Selected Professional Activities

"The Thing That Ate Philanthropy" or The Rise of Donor Advised Funds, Why It is a Problem and What Can be Done About It, Philanthropy, Policy and Technology Scholar Workshop, Stanford University Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (2014)
 
Mourning in America: What's Law Got to Do With It?, LJST Law & Mourning Lecture Series (2013)

On March 27, 2013, Professor Maddoff presented a paper as part of Amherst College's LJST...

 
Immortality and the Law - the Rising Power of the American Dead, Rhode Island Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting (2012)

While American law provides virtually no protections for the interests we hold most dear –...

 
Keynote Address: Immortality and the Law, University of Basel (2011)
 

Working Papers

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The Role of Judicial Discretion in Dispute Settlement (with James Andreoni), Boston College Law School Faculty Papers (2008)

We consider two common modes of judicial resolution: judicial discretion, where the judge or jury...