The Administration of Estates

The Administration of Estates

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This Administration of Estates Module will consider the powers and duties of personal representative, how they administer estates including the getting of assets, the paying of debts and liabilities and the distribution of the net estate to beneficiaries including dealing with taxation so far as it relates to the administration of an estate and especially relating to inheritance tax. 

Module Content

The Administration of Estates Module is divided into 17 sections: 

Section 1: Powers and Duties of Personal Representatives

Section 2: Administering the Estate: Getting in the Assets

Section 3: Administering the Estate: Payment of Debts and Liabilities

Section 4: Legacies and Devises

Section 5: Administering the Estate: Contentious Claims

Section 6: Secret and Half-Secret Trusts

Section 7: Administering the Estate: Accounting and Distributing

Section 8: Duties, Rights and Remedies during the Administration

Section 9: Protection of Personal Representatives

Section 10: Post-Death Alterations

Section 11: Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family And Dependants) Act 1975

Section 12: Completing the Administration

Section 13: Estate Accounts

Section 14: Principles of Inheritance Tax

Section 15: Income Tax

Section 16: Capital Gains Tax

Section 17: The taxation of Settlements

Books Included in Module Fee

Sawyer, Caroline, and Miriam Spero. Succession, Wills and Probate, Routledge, 2015.

And many more ... 

What is it like to study at Access Law?

To apply for the Administration of Estates module, simply click "Apply Now" and complete the checkout process or complete our student enrolment form and sent it to

Once your application has been reviewed you will be given access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to complete your student induction. 

If you are a new student, you will be required to provide photographic identification as part of your application. This can be scanned and emailed to us within 14 days.  


The Level 6 Diploma is equivalent to the final of a degree. Typically, the Level 6 Diploma should take between 12-18 months to complete but, depending on prior knowledge of the subject and your circumstances, the Level 6 Diploma could be completed in 9-12 months . 

Where a student intends to complete the Level 4 Diploma in 12-18 months, the Administration of Estates module would usually be completed in 6-8 months. As mentioned above, this module could be completed over a longer or shorter period depending on prior knowledge of the subject and your circumstances. 

ALO will tailor your module and the support offered to help you achieve your desired outcome, in your desired timeframe.


You can apply for an exemption for the Administration of Estates module where you have a Law Degree, a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or similar qualification together with the Legal Practice Course including the Advance Private Client unit. 

To apply for an exemption you will need to provide us with evidence of your prior qualification. We will map your prior learning to the learning outcomes of the Administration of Estates module and confirm whether you are eligible for an exemption. 

Important note

Students transitioning from an external qualification to SQA must achieve at least one module without exemption to be awarded an SQA Diploma. 


This module is assessed by way of 3 hour exam.

You can apply for assessment at any time.


You can enhance your training to qualify as a Licensed Probate Practitioner. To qualify, you will need to complete 1200 hours of practical experience in addition to completing the Level 6 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice (or equivalent if applying for exemptions).

To qualify you must submit to 

1. an application form;

2. certified proof of identity and proof of current address;

3. statement of Practical Experience

4. Any supporting documents relating to conduct, financial and mental health disclosures. 

Click here to look at CLC's Guidance for Licence Applicants. 

Click here to look at CLC's FAQ's on Practical Experience

Career Path

After completing the Level 6 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice, with the requisite amount of practical experience you could then qualify as a Licensed Probate Practitioner. 

With further experience, you could go on to manage a probate department in a large firm, or set up your own probate practice.

You could also take further training to become a solicitor.