Wills and the Administration of Estates

Wills and the Administration of Estates

Sheila Hamilton Macdonald

Publishing 1st September 2022. Available to pre-order from 15th August 2022. To be notified, sign up to our newsletter below.

Revise SQE Wills and Administration of Estates provides readers with the core legal principles and rules to be tested by the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE1) Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) assessment. It outlines the law, procedure and processes involved in drafting and interpreting a will, the functions and responsibilities of personal representatives, and how an estate is managed and taxed. There are chapters on how to make a claim against an estate using the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and on the professional conduct points which arise most frequently when dealing with probate work. Readers will be able to test their knowledge throughout by practising multiple-choice questions, and practical examples will clarify the application of the law.


Wills, intestacy and administration: the basics

Validity of wills and codicils

Personal representatives

Alterations and amendments to wills

Revocation and interpretation of wills

Intestacy rules

Property passing outside the estate

Probate and administration practice

Claims under the Inheritance Act 1975

Taxation on the estate

Will trusts: trustees and beneficiaries

Professional conduct issues in wills & administration

Author details

Sheila Hamilton Macdonald is a senior lecturer at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, where she teaches on the Postgraduate Diploma in Law and SQE courses, including SQE Wills and Administration and SQE Property. She is a module leader for the LPC Private Client elective, teaching all aspects of probate practice. She is also the module leader for the SQE2 courses in Property and Wills and Administration, including drafting course materials, and has also written materials for SQE1. She practised as a Chancery barrister for 25 years, including extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious probate cases.

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