MLL362 - Succession Law


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only


MLL117, MLL213 and MLL327   

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for the unit. This will include a minimum of 33 hours of CloudDeakin learning experiences. 

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1.5 hour class and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week 

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1.5 hour class (live and recordings provided) and 1 x 1.5 hour online seminar per week (recordings provided)  


This unit provides an introduction to Australian succession law. It includes a historical overview of the development of succession law in England and Australia, including Indigenous perspective and jurisdictional issues.  Students will gain knowledge in wills and estates, including will drafting, formalities and conventions; testamentary capacity; legal requirements; estate planning considerations including taxation and superannuation; and the legal responsibilities and liabilities of practitioners when drafting a will for a client.  Students will understand the probate process and how to apply for a grant of representation or letters of administration; the powers and duties of executors and administrators; the effects of intestacy; family provision claims; and the administration of estates generally. Students will also learn the legal provisions relating to ‘living wills’ including powers of attorney; guardianship and administration; and medical treatment planning law.  

Unit Fee Information

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