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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

Wills and Testamentary Trusts (ELD-301)


Various (self-study, self-paced).

Various, distance learning format.

December 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:  Define the term, “will” and explain its role in distributing property to its beneficiaries; Determine whether a will has been validly drafted and executed based on the circumstances; Explain the various types of provisions by which wills dispose of assets; Discuss the roles of the fiduciaries that are appointed under a will; Discuss the tax features inherent in many wills; Describe various types of common testamentary trusts.


The Wills course explains in depth the device that allows people to transfer assets after death; an exception to the general rule that gifts can only be given by living people. The course covers what a will is, how it is drafted and executed, its most common provisions, and the roles of the people administering the will and estate.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Estate Planning, or Legal Studies (6/21).