• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Glenda Bloomfield
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2018
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Estate Planning entails the preparation of legal and financial arrangements for clients to provide effectively for the event of incapacity or death. Although Wills (usually those including discretionary testamentary trusts) form a core part of this practice area, other documents such as Enduring Powers of Attorney, Binding Death Benefit Nominations for superannuation and other important documentation also play a crucial role. 
The intersection of legal and financial advice in the area of Estate Planning (where lawyers can’t give financial advice and financial advisers can’t draft legal documents) has often lead to a lack of consistent practice in the area. 
This course begins with an overview of how Estate Planning law operates in practice and students will be taught how to prepare an effective Estate Plan for a client. Topics to be examined include: 
- Testamentary Trusts
- Superannuation and Estate Planning
- Social Security and Estate Planning
- Vulnerable Beneficiaries and Estate Planning
- Family Provision and Estate Planning
- Blended Families and Estate Planning
- Loss of Capacity: Enduring Powers of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship, and Advanced Medical Directives

Learning Outcomes

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

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:

1. Explain, distinguish and apply advanced concepts and terminology in Wills and Estate Planning practice.
2. Demonstrate specialised knowledge of recent developments in legal practice in the area of Estate Planning.
3. Apply professional knowledge, skills and ethical responsibilities to analyse, synthesise and communicate knowledge and information to advise and represent clients in a practical legal context.
4. Demonstrate specialised technical skills to generate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level and apply critical thinking, creativity and initiative to justify conclusions and solutions.
5. Demonstrate high level personal autonomy and accountability in legal practice through professional and ethical behavior.
6. Design, plan and execute a substantial capstone experience relating to Estate Planning practice.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment for the course will include:
- Discussion Board Postings: Students will be required to make a minimum number  of postings of postings designed to engage students with relevant issues arising in this area of practice.  (Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 4)
- Taking Instructions from a client for the preparation of an Estate Plan. (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)
- A Capstone Project: Preparation of an effective Estate Plan for a client explaining the strategy being recommended for the client in their circumstances, as well as detailing the documents that would need to be prepared. (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5).

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The equivalent of a standard LLM course 26 contact hour workload by working with online materials, participating in online discussions and activities, private study and completing assessment tasks.
This is a wholly online course. It requires online participation throughout the duration of the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP). OR Must be studying a: Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893MDIPL, 7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS), and completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law or LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level courses or five LAWS6100 level courses. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Contact College for permission number.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5810 02 Apr 2018 14 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 08 Jun 2018 Online N/A

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