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Wills and Estates – Capacity (on-demand)



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Margaret Pringle

Margaret Pringle
Barrister, Chalfont Chambers

Margaret specialises in equity litigation, appearing regularly in the General Equity, Probate, Family Provision and Protective Lists of the Supreme Court, and NCAT (Guardianship Division). 

Margaret is a regular speaker at CPD seminars.  In 2017 she took up a role as a lecturer in the College of Law Applied Masters course.  Prior to coming to the bar, Margaret qualified and worked as a registered nurse in a variety of roles before commencing the Legal Practitioners Admission Board Diploma in Law.

Margaret was then employed at the NSW Trustee & Guardian (formerly Public Trustee) where she specialised in equity litigation involving deceased estates, with a focus on matters involving testamentary capacity and claims for family provision, as well as probate and trust matters.  Margaret was most recently recognised in Doyles Guide 2018 NSW as a Leading Junior Counsel in Wills and Estates.

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Barrister, Margaret Pringle explains issues relating to the capacity of a testator in wills and estates law.

About this course

In this online, on-demand course, Margaret Pringle of Chalfont Chambers explores complications arising from capacity of testators, with particular reference to probate. 

Issues discussed include:

  • Challenges to wills
  • Avoiding the effect of undue influence or duress and ensuring mental capacity when taking instructions
  • Consequences of invalidating a will
  • Entitlement to grants of letters of administration
  • Guardianship and Financial Management Orders from NCAT
  • Defending a guardianship application, evidence required to establish capacity and competence.

Course structure

This course consists of a 1-hour video recording of a presentation by Barrister Margaret Pringle, together with reference resources, including a detailed written paper.

Continuing Professional Development

For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: "If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit" for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included."

Learning outcomes

This course will equip participants to:

  • Understand current issues relating to capacity in wills and estates law
  • Act appropriately in response to concerns about duress, capacity and competence.


A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course. If you are eligible for this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number during checkout.

When signing up for the session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your cart:

  • UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: Lstaff

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Who is this course for?

This course relevant for:

  • Wills and estates specialists
  • Estate planning professionals
  • General practitioners
  • Barristers
  • Financial advisors
  • Accountants
  • Not-for-profit sector officers
  • Trustee corporations legal officers.


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Expert: Margaret Pringle
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  • 1 hour total
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