LAWS301-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Equity and Trusts

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


The principles of equity with particular reference to the law of trusts. The principles of the law of succession and of the administration of estates. Choses in action and their assignment.

This course provides an introduction to the principles of equity and the law of trusts and succession in New Zealand.

The course will begin by reviewing the history and development of equity and equitable principles. It will then turn to the law of trusts, succession and claims that can be made against a dead person’s estate.

Topics covered under trusts will include what a trust is, the elements required to establish an express trust, the powers and duties of trustees, and remedies for breach of trust.

Further topics will be addressed under the law of succession and claims against deceased estates. This part of the course will begin with the law of intestacy and what happens when a person dies without a valid will. It will then move on to the alternative situation of death with a will, including formal requirements for a will’s validity. This part of the course will also cover claims against a deceased person’s estate under several key statutes.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110


Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 13:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 E8 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Che Ekaratne


As there may be a new textbook in 2018, please check LEARN when the course starts for further information.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $790.00

International fee $3,600.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Law.

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