• December 5, 2023
 New Contentious Estates course from STEP

New Contentious Estates course from STEP

How do practitioners deal with increasingly complex modern family structures?

What can go wrong if a will or probate isn’t prepared properly?

STEP’s new online and on demand CPD Learning Course – Contentious Estates, will give you the tools to enable you to deal more effectively with this type of work and ultimately avoid or mitigate stress for your clients.

What will you learn?
Contentious probate and trust cases are on the rise due to the increasing complexity of family structures. This includes the increased number of second marriages and cohabiting couples but also demographic changes, most notably the increasing ageing demographic and rise in cases of dementia.

This course, developed by expert practitioners, combines technical knowledge with practical application of the law and procedures involved, building a foundation of knowledge in dealing with contentious estates on which to build further expertise.

The course comprises the following modules:

  • Disputed wills
  • Interpretation, rectification and construction of wills
  • Administration disputes
  • Inheritance Act 1975 claims
  • Settlement and compromise of claims
  • Insolvent estates
  • The Court of Protection and statutory wills
  • Claims against professionals
  • International succession disputes
  • International administration disputes
  • Forced heirship claims
  • Costs

Delivered online and on-demand the course requires approximately 30 hours of study. You will have access to the material for 12 months, during which you can work through the topics at your own pace. An optional end of course multiple choice assessment is included, with successful students receiving a certificate of completion.

 Find out more and enrol here.



  STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. We work to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promote education and high professional standards among our members. STEP members help families plan for their futures, from drafting a will to advising on issues concerning international families, protection of the vulnerable, family businesses and philanthropic giving. Full STEP members, known as TEPs, are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience. By joining STEP, practitioners and employers benefit from quality education and resources, professional recognition, and international connections. There are three routes to membership, depending on a practitioner's level of experience and qualifications – Exam, Essay or Expertise. You can join via these routes to become either a Student, Affiliate, Associate or Full Member of STEP. Find out more about joining STEP at www.step.org/join Key Services

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