ABOUT WILLS & ESTATES AND ESTATE PLANNING

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

Associate, Willis & Bowring, Sydney Australia

COURSE DETAILS

Subjects

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

WEP9 Major Project (Wills & Estates)

WEP00 Capstone Project (Wills & Estates)

EPP1 Foundations of Estate Planning

EPP2 Superannuation

EPP3 Business Succession Planning

EPP15 Major Project

EPP00 Capstone Project


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 Manager, Lecturer Engagement and Practice Leader Wills & Estates Practice, LawCover, Guardianship Division of NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Richard Neal Partner, Teece Hodgson & Ward Solicitors 

Ian Raspin Director, BNR Partners Pty Ltd 

Richard Williams TEP, Barrister, Roma Mitchell Chambers, Brisbane

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 Senior Associate, Teece Hodgson & Ward Solicitors

Marie Brownell Perpetual

Angela Cornford-Scott Cornford-Scott Lawyers Pty Ltd

Natalie Darcy Legal Officer, NSW Trustee and Guardian, NSW Accredited Specialist (Wills and Estates)
Glenn Dickson Barrister, Alfred Lutwyche Chambers
Leonie Englefield Barrister, Isaacs Chambers

Martin Gorrick Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers

Ines Kallweit McKean Park Lawyers

Richard McCullagh Legal Director, Patrick McHugh & Co.

Carla Parsons Director, Parsons Law Pty Ltd

Josephine Pignataro Associate, Diamond Conway

Carolyn Sparke QC Barrister, Owen Dixon Chambers

Richard Williams TEP, Barrister, Roma Mitchell Chambers, Brisbane

IN STEP WITH STEP

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 module in the Wills & Estates subjects gives you 30 Diploma Level credits towards STEP membership. 

If you wish to proceed to full STEP membership (with use of the post nominal TEP), you need:

  • 120 Diploma Level credits, including WEP1 and WEP2
  • A minimum of 2 years’ relevant experience