Honors and Awards
- Law Student Association's Teaching Award for "Inspirational dedication to the Boston College Law School Community," 2000
- Fall 2017: Estate and Gift Tax, Trusts and Estates
- Spring 2018: Estate Planning
Ray D. Madoff
Professor of Law
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
A Tale of Two Countries: Comparing the Law of Inheritance in Two Seemingly Opposite Systems Boston College International and Comparative Law Review (2014)
Although at first glance French and U.S. inheritance laws appear to be diametrically opposed, this paper provides a deeper analysis. In doing so, it explains that nuances within both systems have made the laws more ...
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, she left a will naming both human and canine beneficiaries. However, one of the unnamed beneficiaries of this estate plan ...
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 in this field I thought I knew the answer. As a family member facing end-of-life decisions of a loved one, ...
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 probate disputes in five jurisdictions: Texas, Florida, Georgia, California (Los Angeles and San Francisco), and Hawaii. Some of the programs ...
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 disputes - has been widely recommended for disputes in all areas of the law. Yet its successes have been far ...
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 wealth tax, and in particular the estate tax, uses a one-size-fits-all system to impose a tax on all property interests ...