Wills and the Administration of Estates

    Unit code: BLB4146 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Online Real Time
    BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context
    BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Wills and the Administration of Estates concerns those principles related to property when a person dies. The legal requirements for making a valid will are explored together with what is to occur if a person dies without making a declaration of their testamentary intention. Associated concepts include the granting of probate, duties and powers of executors and administrators together with the alteration and interpretation of a will.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Collaborate and critically review the cultural values expressed in the law of succession in the context of multicultural Australia;
    2. Implement the legal requirements involved in making a valid will exemplifying professional judgment;
    3. Theorise the principles that are relevant to interpretation of a valid will to a range of professional and non-professional audiences;
    4. Canvass the process of administrating an estate where there is no valid will in wide ranging circumstances; and
    5. Postulate the proper role of the law when challenging dispositions made by a testator/testatorix.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 10%
    Online quiz
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    Research Essay
    Assessment type: Examination
    Grade: 50%
    Final Examination

    Required reading

    Principles of Australian Succession Law
    Mackie K, 2017| Butterworths LexisNexis

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