The course examines the law governing succession to property after the death of the owner.
Major topics include:
- the nature of wills;
- capacity to make a will, intention to make a will, undue influence, formalities for making a will and how a will is revoked and altered;
- the interpretation of wills;
- the administration of deceased estates;
- how an estate is divided when there is no will; and
- how the law protects family members against being disinherited by will.
The course concentrates on the law of New South Wales and the ACT. Occasionally, comparisons are made to the law of other Australian jurisdictions.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- State, interpret and apply the rules of succession law.
- Describe, analyse and critique some of the social and economic pressures that have influenced the development of succession law.
- Navigate the interaction between succession law and other areas of law such as contract law, property law and the law of trusts.
- Interpret wills and other documents which relate to succession.
- Conduct independent research and discuss the findings of that research in written form.
Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.
- Research Essay (2500 words) (50) [LO 2,5]
- Take-home exam (three hours writing time/up to 2500 words) (50) [LO 1,3,4]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 36 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
- Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.
A general knowledge of the law of contract, property and trusts will be assumed.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.
- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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