module specification

LC7028 - Wills and Administration of Estates (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Wills and Administration of Estates
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 2
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 18
 
18 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Other 100%   Wills and Administration of Estates
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester City Tuesday Afternoon
Autumn semester City Tuesday Morning
Autumn semester City Thursday Evening
Autumn semester City Thursday Morning
Autumn semester City Friday Afternoon
Autumn semester City Friday Morning
Autumn semester City Thursday Afternoon
Autumn semester City Tuesday Evening

Module summary

This module focuses on the law and practice of probate and intestacy
It is assessed through the skill of interviewing LC7023

Module aims

The module aims to equip students with the knowledge and confidence required to work on transactions on the first day of their training contract as a solicitor.

Syllabus

1. WILL OR NO WILL

(a) Identify property passing by will and/or intestacy or outside of the estate.
(b) The validity of wills and codicils.
(c) Revocation.
(d) Intestacy - total and partial.
(e) Ascertain value of assets and liabilities and the taxable estate.


2. THE APPLICATION FOR A GRANT OF REPRESENTATION

(a) The necessity for a grant and its effect.
(b) Main types of grant - Probate, Letters of Administration (simple and with will).
(c) The powers and duties of personal representatives and their protection
(e.g. s.27 notices).
(d) Revenue requirements:

  • Is an IHT Account necessary?
  • If so, completing IHT Form.
  • Where necessary, prepare simple IHT calculation.

(e) Court requirements:

  • Main types of Oath - for Executors or Administrators (simple administration
  • and with will).
  • Lodge the necessary papers at the Probate Registry.

3. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER RECEIPT OF THE GRANT OF REPRESENTATION – POST-GRANT PRACTICE
(a) Collect and realise assets.
(b) Pay debts.
(c) Pay pecuniary legacies and vest gifted property in beneficiaries entitled.
(d) Prepare accounts.
(e) Distribute residuary estate.

Learning and teaching

Students are taught in a combination of pre-recorded Tutor led sessions and 2 hour long student led sessions.  They are also provided with recorded role play assessments on Weblearn.  Students sit a formative assessment by way of a recorded role play of an interview with a client and are given feedback.

Learning outcomes

Students should have a general overview of the content, format and validity of wills, obtaining grants of representation and administration of an estate and
should be familiar with the purpose and general structure of the relevant documents and should be able to:

  1. use the legal knowledge, skills, procedures and behaviours appropriate to the client
  2. identify the client's goals and alternative means of achieving those goals, and deal appropriately with client care
  3. recognise and act within the rules of professional conduct
  4. identify the client’s reasonable expectations as to quality and timeliness of service.

Element 1: Pre-grant practice
Students should understand:

  1. validity, revocation and alteration of wills and codicils
  2. total and partial intestacy
  3. identification of property passing by will, intestacy or outside of the estate
  4. understand which beneficiaries survived the testator and if gifts fail for other reasons
  5. valuation of assets and liabilities and the taxable estate
  6. be able to assess what, if any, pre grant steps are necessary.

Element 2: Application for a grant of representation
Students should understand:

  1. the necessity for and main types of a grant
  2. the powers and duties of personal representatives and their protection
  3. the main types of oath for executors or administrators.

Element 3: Post-grant practice
Students should understand:

  1. collection and realisation of assets, and claims on the estate
  2. raising funds and the payment of inheritance tax and debts
  3. understand how to calculate Inheritance Tax on death
  4. pecuniary legacies, vesting of gifted property in the beneficiaries entitled and distribution of the residuary estate
  5. be able to identify possible claims to a Will and/or intestacy under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Assessment strategy

Formative Interviews are undertaken each week as this is an LPC Skills assessment. Students are able to assess themselves by watching formative the interviews.
Students are then assessed by way of a 20 minute tape-recorded role play interview with an actor.

Bibliography

CLP Legal Foundations Manual