With our ageing population succession law is a growing area of practice for legal practitioners. The course examines the law governing succession to property after the death of the owner. Succession law touches every family, and, eventually, all of us.
Major topics include:
- the nature of wills and their relationship to contracts;
- capacity to make a will, fraud on the testator, undue influence, formalities for making a will and how a will is revoked;
- what wills mean and how they are applied;
- the principles and practice of drafting wills;
- loss of capacity to benefit under a will; for instance, for killing the testator;
- how an estate is divided when there is no will; and
- how the law protects family members against being disinherited by will.
The law on the various topics is considered in a social and political context, and the principles and rules are related to theory and to practice. While the course concentrates on the law of the ACT, students will also frequently make comparisons and consider the law in other jurisdictions. It follows that considerable attention is given to pressures and directions for reform.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Recognise, interpret and apply the basic principles of the Law of Succession;
2. Define, outline and apply the detailed rules of Succession law in relation to relevant legal principles in a few selected areas;
3. Describe, summarise and critique some of the social and political pressures and imperatives that drive the development of the Law of Succession;
4. Describe and contrast the relationship and interaction between the Law of Succession and other areas of law such as Taxation, Estate Planning, Contract Law, Family Law, Property Law and the Law of Trusts;
5. Explain, analyse and synthesise the practice of the Law of Succession in selected areas, and the relationship between law and practice; and outline and apply the principles of Will Drafting.
6. Explain and summarise the relationship between detail and principle in a substantial piece of independent written work;
7. Interpret and apply principals of ethical practice and professional responsibility in the practice of Succession Law.
Indicative AssessmentSeminar writing tasks (20%, 1000 words)
Drafting a will/or a research assignment (30%, word limits in study guide)
Take-home exam (50%, 2,700 words)
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WorkloadThree contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|10035||23 Jul 2018||30 Jul 2018||31 Aug 2018||26 Oct 2018||In Person||N/A|