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)
 
Practical Guide to Estate Planning (with Cornelia R. Tenney and Martin A. Hall) (2007)
 
Practical Guide to Estate Planning (with Cornelia R. Tenney and Martin A. Hall) (2006)
 

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Practical Guide to Estate Planning (with Cornelia R. Tenney and Martin A. Hall) (2006)
 
Practical Guide to Estate Planning: 2005 Cumulative Supplement (with Cornelia R. Tenney and Martin A. Hall) (2005)
 
Practical Guide to Estate Planning: 2004 Cumulative Supplement (with Cornelia R. Tenney and Martin A. Hall) (2004)
 
Practical Guide to Estate Planning: 2003 Supplement (with Cornelia R. Tenney and Martin A. Hall) (2002)
 

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Practical Guide to Estate Planning (with Cornelia R. Tenney and Martin A. Hall) (2001)
 

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...

 

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Lurking in the Shadow: The Unseen Hand of Doctrine in Dispute Resolution, Southern California Law Review (2002)

Mediation - with its promise of less contentious, less expensive and more satisfying resolution of...

 

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Taxing Personhood: Estate Taxes and the Compelled Commodification of Identity, Virginia Tax Review (1998)

In this Article, Professor Madoff explores the ways in which the blunt tools of the...

 

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Unmasking Undue Influence, Minnesota Law Review (1997)

The substantial passage of wealth that occurs upon death in the United States each year...

 
Real Estate Workouts and Bankruptcies, New York University--Processings of the Fifty-Second Institute on Federal Taxation (1994)
 

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)
 

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America Builds an Aristocracy, New York Times (2010)
 

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Legally Dead, The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC Radio (2010)

You may not be able to take the things you owned in life with you...

 

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Changes to U.S. Taxing After Death, Marketplace (2010)

Boston College Professor Ray Madoff talks with Kai Ryssdal about her new book "Immortality and...

 

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The Rising Power of the American Dead, AARP Radio: Prime Time Focus (2010)
 

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Protect the Farm, Tax the Manor, New York Times (2009)
 

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Dog Eat Your Taxes?, New York Times (2008)
 

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)
 
Immortality and the Law, ACTEC New England Regional Meeting (2011)
 
The Risks and Values of Dynasty Trusts, ALI/ABA Estate Planning (2011)
 
How Succession Law Shapes Society, Visiting Chinese Scholars Program (2011)
 
The Rising Power of the American Dead, Boston College Alumni Association (2011)
 
Beware Perpetuities!, Jewish Funders Network (2011)
 
Immortality and the Law, Harvard University Law School (2011)
 
Reputation After Death, University of Hawaii (2011)
 
The Law of the Dead, Association of Boston Law Librarians (2010)
 
The Myth of Forever, ACTEC Fall Meeting, Charitable Section (2010)
 
Immortality and the Law, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life (2010)
 
Torts Amid the Tombstones, Chilmark Community Center (2010)
 
Author Meets Reader: Immortality and the Law, Law and Society Annual Meeting (2010)
 

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Dawn of the Dead? A Discussion of Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead, Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal (2010)
 
Law and Death, Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities (2010)
 
What Leona Helmsley Can Teach Us About the Charitable Deduction?, The Law of Philanthropy in the 21st Century (2009)
 

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How Public is Private Philanthropy?, Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal (2009)
 
Components of an Estate Plan, State Street Global Advisors (2009)
 
Introduction to American Law of Trusts, University of Barcelona (2009)
 
The Law of the Dead, Law Culture and Humanities (2009)
 

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Is Philanthropy Going to the Dogs? Panelist, Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal (2008)
 
Judicial Discretion and Settlement of Will Disputes, Law and Society panel on Creating New Knowledge and Exploring New Approaches in the Law of Donative Transfers (2008)
 

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The Body in American Law: An Historical Perspective, Contested Commodities: Reframing the Debate on Financial Incentives in the Supply of Genetic Materials (2008)

Recent tissue and organ scandals expose the fault lines in human biological supply and demand...

 
Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Mediation in Will and Trust Disputes* But Were Afraid to Ask, Massachusetts Bar Association's Probate Litigation Group (2007)
 
Overconfidence and Judicial Discretion: Do Winner-Take-All Rules Discourage Pre-Trial Agreement (with James Andreoni), Harvard Behavioral Economics Roundtable (2007)
 
Inheritance Law and the Empirical Scholar, AALS Annual Meeting Section on Donative Transfers, Fiduciaries and Estate Planning (2006)
 
Using Mediation to Resolve Estate and Trust Disputes, 39th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning at the University of Miami School of Law (2005)
 

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...