Singapore University of Social Sciences

Wills, Probate and Administration (LAW323)

Synopsis

LAW323 Wills, Probate and Administration deals with the law of succession, and in particular the laws that govern the writing of wills, the grant of probate and/or letters of administration, the distribution of assets and the problems of contentious probates when wills are contested.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January

Topics

  • Introduction to the Law of Inheritance & the Effects of Death
  • Wills
  • Islamic Law of Inheritance
  • Rights of Succession
  • Letters of Representation and Personal Representatives
  • Estate Duty
  • Non-Contentious Probate
  • Contentious Probate; Part 14 of Family Justice Rules 2014
  • Assets of a Deceased
  • Rights, Powers, Duties and Liabilities of Personal Representatives
  • Distribution of Assets of an Estate
  • Mental Capacity Act

Learning Outcome

  • Indicate the various sources of the relevant law, how it is made and developed; of the institutions within which that law is administered and the personnel who practice law
  • Demonstrate understanding of legal concepts, values, principles and procedures of Singapore law and explain the relationship between them in a number of subject areas, as well as to apply them
  • Analyse fact patterns to identify relevant issues of law, fact and procedure.
  • Interpret the relevant rule of substantive law, procedure or evidence relevant to the issues identified
  • Apply the relevant laws and principles to come to a conclusion on the issues
  • Formulate an opinion, provide a solution and advise based on the conclusions
  • Discuss critically, competing arguments in literature or in a group situation and make a reasoned choice between alternatives
  • Examine ideas, concepts and arguments in the English language and legal terminology with care and accuracy
  • Employ information technology in an office environment for the search for information, the preparation of documents and presentations
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