The essentials of probate and procedure

The essentials of probate and procedure

The probate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is an important area for most practitioners, with a rich history and practice. In this seminar, dive into ACT and NSW this topic with probate law specialist and long-term member of the Elder Law & Succession Law Committee, Timothy Morton of Farrar Gesini Dunn.

Learn the secrets behind key terminology, the powers of registrars, and the role and appointment of the legal personal representative. Get guidance on grants, including the need for a grant, uncontested grants of probate or letters of administration, and special purpose grants. Discover tips for retainers, and how to avoid negligence risks in probate matters.

This session will be of interest both to those new to wills and probate, or currently practising in this area.


This is a hybrid event. In-person tickets are for attendance at the Law Society on the day of the event. Online tickets will be sent a zoom link once the RSVP date passes.

  • When: 1-2pm, Thursday 13 October 2022
  • Where: ACT Law Society Training Room, Level 4, 1 Farrell Place Canberra
  • CPD: Members will earn 1 CPD point in Core Area 4 (CPD points accrue to the purchaser only)
  • Cost (incl GST) for in-person tickets: $88 members, $115 non-members, $25 students/CLCs. There will be light refreshments provided for those attending in-person.
  • Cost (incl GST) for online tickets: $44 members and non-members, $25 students/CLCs
  • Registrations close Thursday 6 October 2022

Event registration terms and conditions

The Law Society is enforcing covid-safe measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you have been to an active Covid-19 hotspot as listed by the ACT Government, are a close contact of an active case, or feel unwell in the lead up to the event, we kindly ask you not to attend. 

In these circumstances, please advise us by email prior to the event start time and we will issue you a full refund. Contact us on

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.2% surcharge may be incurred on payments processed via credit/debit card. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email. 

Definitions — 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'New Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means any member holding a student membership.

All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. 

CPD Events — In the case of CPD events held at an venue other than the Law Society, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event. In the case of CPD events held at the Law Society, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. 

Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. 

Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.




Single ticket (online) $44.00(GST incl.) Add to Cart
Student/CLC member ticket (online) $25.00(GST incl.) Add to Cart



Timothy Morton

Tim has considerable experience advising clients in relation to their rights where a Will is involved. He has acted in many family provision claims  in both the ACT and NSW where he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants. He fearlessly advances his client’s interests and is pleased to say that none of his family provision cases have had to go to trial.

He has also acted in a number of more complex probate litigation cases where the capacity and knowledge and approval of the willmaker was in doubt or where there have been concerns about whether the willmaker was unduly influenced by another person. Tim also regularly appears in the Guardianship Tribunal of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Tim holds a Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in Wills & Estates, he teaches and tutors Wills & Estates at the Australian National University, and he is a member of the ACT Law Society’s Elder Law & Succession Committee.

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