Subject details

Upon successful completion of this degree you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the law relating to wills and succession
  2. critically evaluate the wills and succession area of law and identify areas of reform
  3. analyse and research complex problems relating to wills and succession and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to wills and succession and generate appropriate responses
  5. show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences through engagement with drafting a will.
    • Introduction to the Law of Succession and the general nature of Wills
    • Intestacy and Distribution on Intestacy
    • The Mental Elements of Making a Will
    • Formal requirements of will-making
    • Changing a will
    • Construction of Wills
    • Gifts by Will
    • Will drafting
    • Family Provision
    • Personal Representatives and Grants of Representation
    • Estate planning
  • Study resources

    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This course examines estate and intestate succession, family maintenance and the role of executors and administrators. Topics include; nature and formalities of wills; testamentary capacity and undue influence; the operation of wills; legacies and devises; grants of probate and letters of administration, the construction of wills; intestate succession; personal representatives, administration of estates and testator's family maintenance

  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Assessments (50%)

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