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Wills, Trusts and Estates Certificate

Career Certificate in
Wills, Trusts and Estates

Earning your Career Certificate in Wills, Trusts, and Estates law provides excellent preparation for a paralegal career. Your wills, trusts and estates certificate will show attorneys that you have the specialized skills that many require – because attorneys specialize, too. Learn how to write a will and much more.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 3 Months

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Payments as Low as
$34 Per Month

  What You'll Learn

In our Wills, Trusts, and Estates certificate course, you’ll gain a solid understanding of civil procedure, pleadings, evidence, motions, damages, appeals and other practical issues. You’ll learn about property ownership, estate planning tools, tax considerations, how to write a will, advance directives, probate and more. Everything you learn in the Wills, Trusts and Estate certificate course is applicable in the real world.

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Orientation to Online Learning (online)  

This lesson introduces you to online learning, with instruction on how to be successful as an Ashworth student. You’ll learn proven study skills, find out how to take advantage of different learning styles, and discover time management techniques. The lesson also includes a guide to career opportunities plus supplementary readings.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Wills, and Ownership of Property  

How the law of wills, trusts, and estates is interrelated to other areas of law, and some of the duties a paralegal working in these areas will be called upon to complete. You will also learn about the various types of property and the basic terminology used.

Lesson 2: Testate and Intestate Succession  

What happens to a person’s estate at death if the decedent dies with or without a will. Moreover, you will learn how intestate property is passed and how to locate state statutes to find out how each state handles intestate succession.

Lesson 3: Estate Planning Tools and Tax Considerations  

The many tools available for helping clients plan their estates, including life insurance, wills and a variety of trusts.

Lesson 4: Drafting and Executing Wills  

What a will is, the need for a will, why so many people do not feel they need a will, and how a will can be changed or revoked. You will also learn how the paralegal assists in the preparation of a will as well as the legal requirements of a will, how to meet the needs of a client, the terminology, and the necessary steps in executing a valid will.

Lesson 5: Trusts and Advance Directives  

All about trusts – who creates them and why, as well as how they are drafted. You will also be introduced to the many forms associated with advance directives and final decisions, and about the right of individuals to make their desires known about what health care procedures should be followed in the event they are unable to make them due to some form of incapacitation.

Lesson 6: Probate and Tax Matters  

All about probate, which is the final step in handling the estate of the deceased. You will also learn about the estate tax and the forms associated with the estate tax.

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  What You Get

Complete your Wills, Trusts and Estates certificate course online on your terms. Start when you’re ready, study at your own pace and get personal guidance as you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast.

The Wills, Trusts, and Estates course combines a balance of important theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Comprehensive wills, trusts, and estates textbook & study guides
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
  • Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®

Graduates receive a Wills, Trusts and Estates career certificate and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. You may broaden your skill set by applying certificate credit toward completion of an Ashworth College degree program.

  • Wills, Trusts and Estates Course Books


  • Wills, Trusts and Estates Course Diploma


  • Graduation Video


Simplify your success. Start your Wills, Trusts and Estates Career Certificate course today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.