• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws

The course will focus on the most demanding areas of practice in this area: complex will drafting, administration of estates, family provision, and estate planning.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of the course a student will:

  • have developed professional capability in advanced concepts in Will Drafting including discretionary testamentary trusts and drafting issues in blended families;
  • interpret and apply knowledge on issues of asset protection and tax advantages that may be gained through implementation of sound estate planning;
  • be able to evaluate the needs of clients, and advise clients on Family Provisions legislation, in particular, initiating a Family Provision Application, interlocutory injunctions and interim orders and release of rights and compromise;
  • analyse and respond to complex estate administration issues such as Partial Intestacies, Insolvent Estates, Contested and Special Grants, the liabilityof the Personal Representative and cross jurisdictional issues; and
  • be able to draft appropriate documents relating to the above issues.

Indicative Assessment

  • Exercises in Will Drafting. Students will be required to complete a number of drafting exercises addressing discretionary testamentary trusts, and drafting for blended families; and
  • Exercises in Drafting Court Documents. Students will be required to draft court documents relevant to Family Provision Proceedings and Administration of Estates; and
  • Case study Advice to Client. Preparation of advice to clients on issues relating to Estate Planning and Administration.

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A semester-length course requiring students to work with online materials, participate in online discussions and activities, private study and complete assessment tasks.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Laws (7300) or Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) or Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) or Graduate Diploma in Law.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text.  It is recommended that students have access to Rowland, CJ, Huntley's Australian Wills Precedents (7th ed, LexisNexiz, Sydney, 2009)

Additional reading materials will also be available online.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1626
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2670
2007 $2670
2006 $2646
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3426
2008 $3426
2007 $3426
2006 $3426
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9129 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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