Law of Succession (Aut) (M3018)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module is concerned with the devolution of assets on death, often representing the culmination of a person’s accumulation of goods in a lifetime of work and saving. The module considers both the law of intestacy (where property devolves by rules of law because there is no will) and the law of wills.

We will explore the modes of transfering inherited wealth and property on death in a social context, focusing on the idea of freedom of testation (which is particularly strong in this jurisdiction) and in the social context in which that principle operates. Here, we will consider the consequences that freedom of testation may have for poverty and the impact that that may have on the State’s obligation to alleviate poverty. The adequacy of current legislation to provide for the meeting of support obligations to family and dependants will be considered in this light.

The module will cover not only wills and intestacy, but also probate and the administration of estates (although in this regard the outline ideas rather than the technical details will be relevant to our study).

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.