Ray D. Madoff



Professor Ray Madoff ‘s areas of expertise include will contests, philanthropy, charitable deduction, estate taxes, inheritance laws, tax policy and wealth inequality, estate planning, rights of the dead, along with rights of privacy and publicity. A regular commentator on a number of these topics, Professor Madoff has testified before Congress and has appeared on national radio shows (On Point, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, Here & Now, and Marketplace). She has been quoted by national entities like The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, while publishing numerous Op-Eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Views, and the Boston Globe. She’s the author of the book, Immortality and the Law: the Rising Power of the American Dead (Yale), which looks at how American law treats the interests of the dead and what this tells us about our values for the living. She is also the lead author of the book, Practical Guide to Estate Planning (CCH), and has written in a wide variety of areas involving property and death. Professor Madoff was also featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education: "5 Minutes With: A Law Professor on the Property Rights of the Dead."