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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

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1generate creative and appropriate responses to legal problems.Knowledge of a discipline
2apply knowledge of succession law in drafting a will which gives effect to the testator's instructions and which conforms to all necessary requirements for a valid will.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3demonstrate knowledge of the principles applicable to the management of a deceased estate.Knowledge of a discipline
4effectively communicate in writing to non-legal audiences the law on succession, intestacy and family provisions.Intellectual rigourCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. generate creative and appropriate responses to legal problems.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. apply knowledge of succession law in drafting a will which gives effect to the testator's instructions and which conforms to all necessary requirements for a valid will.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate knowledge of the principles applicable to the management of a deceased estate.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. effectively communicate in writing to non-legal audiences the law on succession, intestacy and family provisions.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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Teaching and assessment

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