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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