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Wills: Fundamentals, Drafting and Challenges


Possess property that you wish to give to a loved one upon your passing? Want to assign a guardian to your children during your absence? A Will is your fix to make sure there is no mix! The common misconception is that your belongings, upon your passing, will directly go to your next of kin, but this is not the case. In India, households have disputes with regard to asset distribution. Thus, creating a Will ensures that the asset distribution in the family is as per your wish and there are no disputes. Most of the times, lawyers draft the final Will of a person, making it important for them to understand the concept well.

This course dispels common misconceptions on drafting a Will. Terminologies associated with creation of Wills, along with types and clauses that make a Will valid, are discussed in great detail. Sample formats of Wills have also been provided to help you understand and provide you pointers on how to draft your own Will. The course is also helpful for lawyers as they are able to advice those in need.

Course Outcome


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Dismiss common misinterpretations
  • Identify the key definitions associated with drafting of a Will
  • Analyse the benefits of drafting a Will
  • Differentiate between types of Wills
  • Understand the need and way to draft a Will

Course Outline

  • Module 1 – Will and Testament: The Concept
  • Module 2 – Law of Succession
  • Module 3 – Making of a Will
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



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Who Should Take This Course

  • Lawyers
  • Legal Advisors and Counsel
  • Research Students
  • Common People Interested in Drafting a Will

Level: Beginner

Language: English

Duration: 6 Months

Evaluation Method

Learners must submit all assignments and secure at least 50% marks in Certification Exam at the end of the course to obtain the course certificate.

About the Author

Premalatha S. is an Advocate and a Legal Consultant with over 13 years of vivid experience. She has done substantial practice in various agencies of law and justice including The High Court of Karnataka, Trial Courts, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Consumer Forums, Debt Recovery Tribunal, the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal, Labour Court and Quasi-judicial authorities and Alternate Dispute Mechanisms. Currently, she is heading a consultancy firm providing legal services with professional advice to a wide range of clients comprising individuals and companies in the arena of consumer protection, property transactions, family matters, alternate dispute mechanisms, banking and insurance, legal compliances and so on.

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