Course Title: Explore and apply wills, probates and administration procedures

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6141 Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Title: Explore and apply wills, probates and administration procedures

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2017,
Term2 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term1 2019,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term1 2021

Course Contact: Theresa Lyford

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5444

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply the rules and provisions for areas of wills and deceased estates in order to provide specialised support of the work of a legal office, practice or associated context.

This unit supports the work of personnel engaged in the operation of a legal office or associated fields within public and/or corporate sectors.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU21639 Explore and apply wills, probates and administration procedures


1. Explore and apply the procedure for drafting and execution of wills

2. Analyse and apply provisions relating to caveats

3. Identify and apply procedures for family provision claims

4. Evaluate and apply the law relating to the distribution of intestate estates

5. Investigate and assess the powers, duties, and obligations of executors and trustees in relation to the administration of deceased estates

6. Follow procedures to obtain probate of a will or letters of administration

Learning Outcomes


Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

In order to demonstrate competency in this unit, you must provide evidence of:

• knowledge of wills and probate relating to validity of wills, drafting procedures and execution of wills
• interpreting the key principles of wills and probate law
• examining legal procedures to make a claim for family provisions
• researching and analysing law relating to the distribution of intestate estates
• investigating the administration of deceased estates
• obtaining a grant of probate and letters of administration

Context for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

• activities are related to a legal practice context
• activities are related to laws, regulations and procedures currently operating across the jurisdictions relevant to this qualification

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning effectiveness and final performance in the course.

Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.