David M. English

David M. English
  • Estates and trusts
  • Will and trust drafting
  • Estate planning and taxation
  • Elder law and basic federal income taxation
  • Aging issues
  • Guardianship systems of United States and Japan
  • Organ donation and health care decisions for the elderly
William Franklin Fratcher Professor of Law & Edward L. Jenkins Professor of Law

BA (1974), Duke University
JD (1979), Northwestern University

Professor English joined the MU law faculty in 1999, following a career as an estate planning and tax partner with the Chicago law firm of D'Ancona & Pflaum and teaching at the Universities of South Dakota and Santa Clara.

Professor English, who was the Reporter for the Uniform Trust Code, the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, and the Uniform Health-Care Decisions Act, is a Uniform Law Commissioner, Chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging, and a member of the Executive Committee of the ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law. From 2004 until 2012, he served as a member of the Advisory Council to the Special Trustee for American Indians for the US Department of the Interior.

Professor English is co-author of a three-volume treatise, Tax, Estate & Financial Planning for the Elderly, and co-author of the books Fiduciary Accounting and Trust Administration Guide, Wills, Trusts and Estates, and Principles of Wills, Trust and Estates. He teaches Estates and Trusts, Estate Planning and Taxation, Elder Law and Fiduciary Administration.

Recent Publications

Academic Journals

Impact of Uniform Laws on the Teaching of Trusts and Estates, 58 SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY LAW JOURNAL 689 (2013-2014).
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Financial Decision-Making for Adults Lacking the Capacity to Make Their Own Decisions, 36 no.2 GENERATIONS 66 (Summer 2012).

Professional Journals

Amending the Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act to Implement the Third National Guardianship Summit, NAELA JOURNAL (forthcoming 2015).

The Home: Where Our Heart Resides, 24 no.2 EXPERIENCE 4 (2014).
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Legal Challenges to Achieving an Age-Friendly Society in the United States, 35 no.5 BIFOCAL 126 (2014).
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Comparing the Chinese Trust Law with the US Uniform Trust Code, with Yuan Zhu, 20 TRUSTS & TRUSTEES 87 (2014).
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The Fiduciary Duties and Powers of a Trustee Under the Uniform Trust Code, 20 TRUSTS & TRUSTEES 52 (2014).
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Complete Listing of Publications