Wills and estates has rapidly become a large area of practice in part due to the aging population in Australia.

Estate planning lawyers are trusted to give their clients an objective opinion on how they should dispose of their estates – guiding them on the procedure that needs to be followed.

A wills and estates lawyer is also expected to guide their clients through the potential issues and litigation that can arise. 

Our Wills & Estates subjects are the first of their kind, designed for national coverage of the law and practice of wills and estates. 

With a strong focus on practical learning, you will acquire skills to manage the everyday issues you are likely to encounter as a wills and estates practitioner.

The coursework has been absolutely relevant to my daily practice. The material that was provided to us throughout the course is constantly being used by me throughout my practice.

Adeline Schiralli

Consulting Principal, Keypoint Law, Graduate of the Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in Wills & Estates


Wills and Estates

WEP1 Foundations of Wills & Estates Practice

WEP2 Law and Practice of Estates*

WEP3 Construing and Drafting Wills*

WEP4 Family Provision*

WEP5 Contested Probate and other Court Applications*

WEP6 Advanced Issues in Wills & Estates

WEP7 Elder Law Intensive

WEP00 Capstone Project - Wills & Estates

* NSW, VIC and QLD specific content


Estate Planning

EPP1 Foundations of Estate Planning

EPP2 Superannuation

EPP3 Business Succession Planning

EPP4 Inter vivos & Testamentary Trusts

EPP5 Accounting and Tax for Estates and Trusts

EPP6 Applied Taxation Strategies*

EPP00 Capstone Project - Estate Planning


Advisory Board

Justice Phillip Hallen Judge, Supreme Court of NSW 

Justice Geoff Lindsay Judge, Supreme Court of NSW, Equity Division

Mercia Chapman Senior Legal Counsel ,Equity Trustees Limited 

Dr Stephen Janes Deputy Dean, Western Sydney University 

Jennifer McMillan Legal Practice Consultant, LawCover, Accredited Specialist (Wills & Estates)

Bryan Mitchell Principal, Mitchells Solicitors, Accredited Specialist (Succession Law), TEP

Richard Neal Partner, Teece Hodgson & Ward Solicitors 

Ian Raspin Director, BNR Partners Pty Ltd 

Richard Williams TEP, Barrister, Brisbane Chambers

Michael Willmott SC Barrister 

Peter Worrall Director, Worrall Lawyers

Nathan Yii Principal Lawyer, Nathan Yii Lawyers


Teaching Staff

Renee Bennett Partner, wilson/ryan/grose Lawyers, Accredited Specialist (Succession Law), Committee Member, Queensland Law Society Succession Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee

Craig Birtles Barrister, Thirteen Wentworth Selborne Chambers

Marie Brownell Head of Private Client Services, PC Legal 

Kevin Finn Lawyer, Tucker Partners Legal

Martin Gorrick Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers

Peter Grinter Special Counsel, Thomson Geer

Ines Kallweit McKean Park Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Wills & Estates)

Ilan Klevansky Barrister, Clashfern Chambers

Richard McCullagh Legal Director, Patrick McHugh & Co.

Josephine Pignataro Associate, Diamond Conway

Carolyn Sparke QC Barrister, Owen Dixon Chambers

Katelin Whitley Accredited Specialist (Wills & Estates)

Richard Williams TEP, Barrister, Brisbane Chambers

Nathan Yii Principal Lawyer, Nathan Yii Lawyers



The College of Law is an Accredited Education Partner of STEP, the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. STEP has over 20,000 members across more than 80 countries from a broad range of professional backgrounds.

One subject in either the Wills & Estates major or Estate Planning major, gives you 30 Diploma Level credits towards STEP membership. If you wish to proceed to Full STEP Membership, with use of post-nominal TEP, you must have a minimum of two years’ relevant experience and successfully complete 120 Diploma Level credits, including the successful completion of any two subjects from the following list:

  • WEP1 Foundations of Wills & Estates Practice; 
  • WEP2 Law and Practice of Estates;
  • EPP1 Foundations of Estate Planning; 
  • EPP2 Superannuation.