WEP1 Foundations of Wills & Estates Practice

WEP1 Foundations of Wills & Estates Practice


This subject provides an introduction to the law and practice of wills for students, whether or not they have studied succession at law school. It identifies and analyses the nature of succession law and practice, as well as the relevant legal materials. It covers the legislative and case law requirements governing the validity of wills, as well as taking the testator's instructions and assessing testamentary capacity. There is also an introduction to the skill of drafting valid wills and the method of execution.




Topics in this subject include:

  • Framework for succession law
  • Ethics, professional responsibility and liability
  • Proof of death and burial
  • Formal requirements and the dispensing power
  • Taking instructions for and drafting wills
  • Essential validity, including testamentary capacity
  • Introduction to family provision
  • Post-execution:  alterations, codicils, republication, revocation and revival



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. 


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