What happens to your property when you die? Succession is the body of law governing transmission of property on death. Some of the topics you will be looking at include: the law relating to intestacy; the execution, revocation, alteration and republication of wills; the legal and equitable doctrines relating to testamentary gifts; the powers, duties and liabilities of executors and administrators; the general administration of estates including different types of grants; and family provision. We have a longstanding acceptance of the tradition of freedom of testation today – the right to decide what happens to your property upon your death. However, in more modern times that concept has been whittled away quite substantially. We will consider the effects of this and whether or not the changes are good for our society.
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
|Coordinator||Doctor Elise Histed|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
Please check that your computer meets the minimum System Requirements if you are attending via Distance/Off-Campus.
Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.
|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).
- Describe and explain key legal concepts and principles relating to Succession derived form cases and legislation.
- Apply those concepts and principles to hypothetical factual scenarios relating to Succession, in order to predict how a judge might decide the issues arising on those facts.
- Critically evaluate the contemporary operation of the principles of Succession Law in light of changing social norms and family structures.
- Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.
Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.
Prerequisites50 credit points of Introductory Law core
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:LAW683
|Assessment||Short Test (15%)|Exam (40%)|Essay (45%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.