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Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

If you are working in the field of contentious probate and trusts, or want to move into this area, this comprehensive course will give your career a real boost, providing a recognised qualification as an associate member of a well-regarded organisation.

The University of Law, in collaboration with the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), offers this training course for those specialising in contentious probate and trusts whose ultimate goal is to become members of this specialist association.

Predominantly distance learning, but supported by study sessions primarily at our London Bloomsbury campus, this course is designed to develop expertise in contentious trusts and probate.

This course is designed to be studied over two years although there is an option to defer parts into a third year, if more convenient.

Our ACTAPS course is open to all solicitors, barristers and legal executives. Upon successful completion you will become an associate member of ACTAPS, a forum which allows specialists in this field to exchange experience and expertise. After two years you will also be eligible to complete an application form for full membership of the association, which is in the absolute discretion of the Association Committee.

For the avoidance of any doubt, the Association has asked us to highlight that successful completion of the education course will not in any way guarantee a successful application for full membership. If you do not have an active contentious trust and probate practice during your two years of associate membership, after having successfully completed the education course, this may adversely affect an application for full membership.

ACTAPS issue associate membership certificates once a year in September following completion of all the elements of the course.

Studying the ACTAPS Programme with us will enable you to:

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of a client’s claim in probate and trust disputes
  • Progress a case using correct procedure
  • Draft appropriate documentation and letters
  • Determine a basis for negotiation
  • Assist a client in alternative dispute resolution
  • Advise settlors, beneficiaries and trustees where there is a possibility that a trust may be a sham
  • Advise on steps to trace and recover assets

Course Details

Predominantly distance-learning based, this course aims to develop specialist expertise in this field. It is open to all qualified solicitors, barristers and legal executives.

The course is structured around five core modules, with an additional session on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). While the course is predominantly distance-learning based, each module incorporates at least one face-to-face evening session of two hours led by an experienced practitioner.

Probate Actions (October to January)

Mental Capacity (February to June)

Inheritance Act Claims (October to January)

Trust Actions (January to March)

Sham Trusts and Asset Tracing (March to June)

The ADR session is delivered as an afternoon face-to-face session of three hours and can be undertaken in June or September. Although most people study the course over two years, it is possible to defer the Sham Trusts and Asset Tracing module together with the ADR session into a third year.

Full Course Details

To get full details of this course and everything it offers, including a full breakdown of the modules and their content, download our ACTAPS brochure.

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Course Fees

The fee for this course is £900 + VAT for each year.

You can choose to pay the full amount (£2,700 + VAT) upfront, or pay for your first year (£900 + VAT) at time of booking and pay for years 2 and 3 (£1,800 + VAT) at the start of year 2.

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