- Class Number 4141
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Dr Darryn Jensen
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
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.
Rules of succession law are considered and evaluated against their historical background, in terms of their coherence as a principled system and as a response to public policy considerations. Such consideration is informed by the lecturer's own research in private law.
Ken Mackie and Elise Bennett Histed, Principles of Australian Succession Law (4th ed: LexisNexis, Sydney, 2023)
- A full list of readings/E brick will also be made available on Wattle two weeks prior to the course commencement date
Statutes (available online)
Succession Act 2006 (NSW)
Probate and Administration Act 1898 (NSW)
Wills Act 1968 (ACT)
Administration and Probate Act 1929 (ACT)
Family Provision Act 1969 (ACT)
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
Task submission times refer to Canberra time (AEST/AEDT).
Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations
Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
Distribution of Grades Policy: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading
Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements and updates relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||What is Succession Law?|
|2||Formal Requirements for Wills|
|3||Formal Requirements for Wills ctd|
|4||Revocation and Alteration of Wills||Optional online quiz becomes available on Tuesday 14 March 2023.|
|5||Testamentary Capacity and Intention to Make a Will||Optional online quiz due on Tuesday 21 March 2023.|
|6||Probate and Letters of Administration||Essay due on Monday 27 March 2023.|
|7||Executors and Administrators|
|8||The Text and Meaning of a Will|
|9||Failure of Gifts|
ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities/tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Optional Online Quiz||0 %||21/03/2023||21/03/2023||1|
|Final Examination||50 %||*||29/06/2023||1,2,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
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Examinations are held during the University's examination period. Students should consult the exam timetable when it has been finalised.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
Optional Online Quiz
Details of Task: The quiz will consist of ten (10) multiple choice questions. The quiz is designed to enable students to test their understanding of basic concepts of succession law without any effect on their final grades.
Nature of task: Optional.
Release: 9:00am Tuesday, 14 March 2023 via WATTLE.
Due Date: 9:00am Tuesday, 21 March 2023 via WATTLE.
Estimated return date: A mark (out of 10) and feedback will be provided immediately upon completion of the quiz.
Assessment Criteria: Students’ marks for this assessment will not count towards their final grades, but the feedback to students will include a mark out of 10 based on the number of correct responses.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5
Details of Task: Students will do an independent research and write an essay on their choice of one of the two topics supplied by the lecturer.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete will result in a mark of zero for this task.
Release: The topics will be available by Friday 24 February (i.e. end of Week 1).
Word limit: 2,500 words. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here. Your submission must be made in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files will not be accepted.
Due Date: 5pm Monday, 27 March 2023 via Turnitin. Late submission (without an extension) is permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Estimated return date: Friday 5 May; Individual written feedback will be provided to students using Turnitin.
Other: Footnotes should be used for referencing of sources. All references should be in the style required by the current edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.
- Independent Research
- Written Communication
- Structure of Essay
- Response to Question
- Referencing and Compliance with Citation Style
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Details of Task: This examination will consist of a single problem-style question covering a range of topics. All topics will potentially be examinable. As this is an online examination, students may access any materials during the examination. Short form referencing of sources may be used, i.e. AGLC referencing style is not required.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete will result in a mark of zero for this task.
Release: The examination will be released via Wattle. Students should consult the ANU Examination Timetable closer to the examination period to confirm the final date, time and duration of the examination.
Duration: 150 minutes. Assessment must be submitted in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files are not acceptable.
Due Date: Due to the nature of the task, late submission is not permitted.
Permitted Material: Any material.
Estimated return date: Official end of semester results release date via Turnitin.
- Structure and Organisation
- Written Expression and Referencing
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The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
- Late submission is not accepted for tests or examinations.
- Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been granted an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time will be provided in writing. Importantly, any revised due date is inclusive of weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date will be penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the task per 24-hour period.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
All marks and feedback will be provided online by the return date listed in the class summary.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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Trusts, Private Law Theory (including Theories of Property), Adjudication Theory, Charitable and Religious Institutions .
Dr Darryn Jensen