OnlineSession 3N/A

Unit description

Introduces students to the statutory provisions and cases governing wills, including the nature, characteristics and interpretation of wills and the formal requirements for validity. Explores the legislative provisions and procedures applicable to obtaining a grant of representation (probate or letters of administration) following a person's death, and the duties of personal representatives and trustees. The law of intestate succession and testator's family maintenance are also explored.

Unit content

This unit covers wills and succession law. It also deals with probate and the administration of estates.

Topic 1: Introduction to wills
Topic 2: Making a will – the mental elements
Topic 3: Making a will – the formal requirements
Topic 4: Construction of wills – general principles of construction and gifts
Topic 5: Drafting a will
Topic 6: Changing a will – revocation, alteration, republication and revival
Topic 7: Grants of representation
Topic 8: Personal representatives
Topic 9: Family provision
Topic 10: Distribution on intestacy

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

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Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hr (11 weeks)
Exam: open book50%

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