This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles and law relating to wills and estates. The course will begin with the existential background to estate planning and law and review available alternative dispute resolution. This will be followed by an examination of the foundational elements of estates law, including intestate succession, wills, capacity to make a will formal validity of will, testamentary gifts, doctrines and limits on the power of testation, status of beneficiaries, principles of interpretation, revocation and alteration of wills, substituted decisions, administration of an estate, support of dependants, and estate solicitors’ duties and responsibilities. The course will also touch on family law considerations relevant to estate law.
Professor S. Drummond
4 credit(s) 4 hour(s);
Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement