Undergraduate Course: Succession and Trust Law (LAWS08130)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to the law of succession and the law of trusts under the law of Scotland. Succession introduces students to the legal rules regulating the distribution of property upon death, and the principles informing those rules. Trust law introduces students to the legal institution of trusts whereby property is handed to a trustee to administer, and ultimately distribute to beneficiaries, in accordance with the instructions of the truster (the person creating the trust).
Both subjects form part of the legal knowledge outcomes required by the Law Society of Scotland for admission to practice as a solicitor in Scotland.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Students must have passed Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08127) AND Family Law Ordinary (LAWS08126) or comparable courses already taken in the home institution. Students must also take Property Law Ordinary (LAWS08133) alongside this course.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Summative Assessment Hours 1.5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
100% unseen final examination lasting 1.5 hours, mainly using problem-type questions.
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% unseen final examination lasting 1.5 hours, mainly using problem-type questions.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||1:30|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students who pass this course will have had to demonstrate the following learning outcomes: knowledge of the law of liferent and fee as understood as a) subordinate real rights ('proper liferent') and b) liferents in their instantiations as trusts ('improper liferents').
- Students who pass this course will have had to demonstrate the following learning outcomes: knowledge of the law of succession in the following particulars: (a) testate succession, including material on the formal validity and the interpretation of testaments, and the nature and type of legacies recognised in Scots law, as well as considering how to distribute a testate estate in accordance with any testament and legal rights claims. (b) intestate succession, including the distribution of an estate using prior rights, legal rights, and free estate rules. (c) introductory executory processes concerning the appointment and confirmation of executors (nominate and dative), and their duties in gathering (d) the law of persons in death in relation to various types of individuals, including married persons and civil partners, cohabitants, and children.
- Students who pass this course will have had to demonstrate the following learning outcomes: knowledge of the law of trusts in the following particulars (a) the concept of a trust, including the main characters involved in creating a trust (b) the creation of a trust and the appointment of trustees (c) the office of trustee (d) the performative obligations of trustees (e) breach of trust, and remedies and mitigation of liability for breach of trust (f) uses and effects of trusts (g) variation and termination of trusts (h) charitable and public trusts (i) constructive trusts
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Having completed the course students should have, and be able to demonstrate, the following skills:
- Ability to think creatively by applying knowledge to multifaceted problems and provide accurate answers in written and oral form
- Ability to present arguments for or against a proposition in a dispassionate manner
- Complex evaluative and critical problem solving
- Numeracy skills. Succession law presupposes a basic level of numeracy: as in insolvency law, there is an estate to be distributed between a variety of potential claimants.
- The use of electronic and print resources
- Development of doctrinal and taxonomical reasoning skills
- Leading on from the foregoing, succession law calls for precise solutions. Its study encourages habits of accuracy. Mere waffle is exposed and penalised.
- The drafting exercise likewise assists the students to develop the ability to express themselves clearly and unambiguously
- Ability to weigh up the relative strengths that different arguments have in relation to one another
- Leading on from the foregoing, students should gain intellectual strength in reflecting on the competing policy arguments that exist within succession law, such as the interests of dependent children, non-dependent children, other relatives, dependent spouses, non-dependent spouses, cohabitants, society as represented by the state, the interest of the individual in relation to her or his autonomy (freedom of testation)
|Keywords||Succession and Trusts
|Course organiser||Prof Alexandra Braun
Tel: (0131 6)51 5560
|Course secretary||Miss Oliwia Szczerbakiewicz
Tel: (0131 6)50 9094