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Prof. David English

University of Missouri - Columbia


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

Prof. English is best known for his work with the Uniform Law Commission, for which he was the reporter for the Uniform Trust Code, the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, and the Uniform Health-Care Decisions Act. He was also the chair of the drafting committee on the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements Act.

Prof. English has also been active in the ABA and The Missouri Bar. For the 2018-2019 bar year, he served as chair of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, and he is a former chair of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, a former member of the ABA House of Delegates, and a former chair of the Probate and Trust Committee of The Missouri Bar.

Professor English is co-author of the three-volume treatise, Tax, Estate and Financial Planning for the Elderly, successor author of volumes 4A, 4B, and volumes 5 through 5D of Missouri Practice, and co-author of the books Wills, Trusts and Estates, Principles of Wills, Trusts and Estate, and the Fiduciary Accounting and Trust Administration Guide. He teaches Estates and Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Fiduciary Administration.