Minnesota Law Review
In the United States during this century, probate law and practice have undergone significant changes. Some of the changes are attributable to exogenous factors, such as the development of state and federal income and transfer tax systems, the development of a variety of types of insurance and other contractual arrangements, and the transformation of the American family profile. Other changes are attributable to endogenous factors, such as the growing frustration with traditional will formalities.
Mary Louise Fellows, Traveling the Road of Probate Reform: Finding the Way to Your Will (A Response to Professor Ascher), 77 Minn. L. Rev. 659 (1993), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/268.