Recorded Webinar: Statutory Wills: Planning Ahead When Capacity Is Lost


8th April 2020

Duration:  approx 1 hour

A statutory will can be a useful way of ensuring a person’s testamentary intentions are fulfilled - even if capacity to make a will has been lost. A number of recent cases have highlighted how statutory will applications will be considered by the courts and the care needed when bringing an application of this type. This session covers:

  • Application for a statutory will - the essential criteria

  • Evidence a court takes into account on a person’s testamentary intentions

  • How are the courts dealing with costs in statutory will cases?

  • Relevance of potential future family provision claims

  • Key differences between lost, nil and pre-empted capacity cases

  • When is it reasonable for the court to make the orders on a statutory will?

  • Circumstances where a court is likely to reject an application

  • Case update

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Craig Birtles, Barrister, Sydney

Craig was called to the Bar in May 2017. Craig is a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a co-author of C Birtles and R Neal, Hutley’s Australian Wills Precedents 8th Edition (LexisNexis Butterworths) 2013 and 9th Edition 2016. He is an adjunct lecturer for College of Law (Masters of Applied Law), Family Provision subject and is also a casual lecturer in the Law Extension Committee Diploma of Law, Succession Law subject.

Craig was named in the Doyle’s Guide as a leading New South Wales Wills and Estates Litigation Junior Counsel in 2019 and a recommended Australian Wills and Estates Litigation Junior Counsel in 2019.

Before being called to the Bar Craig was a solicitor at Teece Hodgson & Ward and was an Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates Law.


This webinar is suitable for succession lawyers – Australia wide.  This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.

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Product Code: WBCAPR20
 Price:  $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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