• 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 2019
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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:

  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

  1. Assessment for the course will include: (null) [LO null]
  2. - 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) (null) [LO null]
  3. - Taking Instructions from a client for the preparation of an Estate Plan. (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) (null) [LO null]
  4. - 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). (null) [LO null]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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 (7300SEVNL), 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), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), 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); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed 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. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

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2019 $3840
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