Discover How to Draft a Valid Simple Will
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A step-by-step guide that will help you understand the fundamental concepts of wills law to draft a valid simple will.
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of the course, you should be able to understand the fundamental concepts of the law of wills; students are expected to draft a simple will, and be familiar with some basic notions of property law and estate planning.
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  • For the beginners, the course does not require any special knowledge. Student just needs the motivation to learn about fundamental concepts of the law of wills and possess a strong desire to draft his simple will.

This course is not sponsored or affiliated with Udemy, Inc

Want to learn how to draft a valid simple will?

Interested in learning the basic terminology for wills law.

Attorney & Legal Instructor TaQuita M Hogan-Claiborne gives you her best advice for drafting a valid simple will.

This mini-course will teach you:

  • How to define law of wills basic terminology.
  • How to choose the proper contractual provisions for your simple will.
  • How to draft a will that will benefit you and your love ones.
  • How to follow step-by-step guide to drafting a will.

Please enjoy this course.  I hope to see you in the next course!


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone looking to learn fundamental concepts of the law of wills.
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
Welcome to the Course: Definitions of Basic Terms and Purposes
2 Lectures 12:32


What will you learn today:

 If you don’t have a will, your property shall be controlled by Laws of Intestacy which is also known as the Laws of Intestate Succession;

  • We shall cover several key terms such as heirs, beneficiaries, estate planning, estate, real and personal property, a will, and several other key terms;
  •  We shall discuss how to determine if a will is valid, and
  • We shall cover the 3 different types of wills.
Preview 12:17

Hello Students! This is a place to post a little bit about yourself so that other students and the instructor can know a little bit about you.  Welcome!

Ice Breaker - Tell Us About You!
Property Law as it Relates to Wills and Probate
4 Lectures 38:18

In this section we will examine:

Topic – Property

Property is defined as anything that can be owned.

There are two categories of property:

1.                 REAL PROPERTY

2.                 PERSONAL PROPERTY

Property Law & Freehold Estates

Hello Everyone!  In this section we will examine:

A Freehold Estate:  today it is an estate in land that a person has for an indefinite period of time.  

the list of the typical freehold estates.

  1.  fee simple absolute 
  2.  fee simple determinable with possibility of reverter
  3. fee simple subject to condition subsequent – which means fee simple subject to being terminated by exercise of power of termination or right of re-entry for condition broken
  4. fee tail
  5. life estate for the life of the tenant 
  6. fee simple subject to an executory interest

Freehold Estate and Rule Against Perpetuities

In this section we will examine:

  • Remainders 
  1.   vested and
  2.    contingent.

This rule gives a maximum length of time in which a contingent remainder might possibly vest.

 If there is any possibility that the contingent remainder will vest but will do so too far in the future, then the remainder will not be given effect.

Remainders & Rule Against Perpetuities -conti.

Family Tree: The goal of this assignment is to see how the Law of Descent and Distribution for the state may affect your family. 

Practical Exercise: Family Tree

Future Interest & Marital Property Problems

Future Interest & Marital Property Problems
2 questions
Testacy & Intestate Succession
2 Lectures 24:56

In this video we shall cover:

1.          Testate – The decedent who died with a valid will

2.          There are several DISPOSITIVE PROVISIONS – the portion of a will that dispose of the decedent’s assets that affects your will.

We covered several key terms such as bequest, legacy, devise, ademption, abatement, and several other key terms.


What we shall learn today:


1.  If a person dies without a valid will, he dies intestate. The distribution of his estate will be by state statute.

2.          There are ways of being related to an individual – CONSANGUANITY OR AFFINITY

3.          Which can create several categories of heirs.

We shall cover several of those named heirs; key terms such as ascendants, descendants, collateral, non-marital children, half-bloods, and several other key terms.


Intestacy Problems

Intestacy Problems
2 questions
Types of Wills, Prerequisites & Revocation
1 Lecture 14:54

What we shall cover in this video: 

Simple wills and codicils

  A WILL is an instrument that is a formal legal writing, to the probate court judge, telling him what the maker wants done with his property after death.

But specifically what are the prerequisites to a will? 

  •    There are several prerequisites to a will

a.  Testamentary intent

b.  Testamentary capacity

c.  Must be an adult

d.  & must decide to draft it based on your free will.

We shall also cover tons of possible clauses you can draft in your will including some very important ones such as the revocation clause, publication clause, testimonium clause & many more.

Simple Wills & Codicils
Drafting & Executing Your Will
3 Lectures 16:26

In this video we shall cover:


§  Writing a will may be quite challenging because when it finally comes time to read those written words, the testator is not around to tell us what he exactly did he really meant. 

Therefore, You, as a testator, you must really strive to make sure the words you use have only the meaning you intend them to have.

Problems with Interpreting Wills

In this video we shall cover:


§  A will is AMBULATORY, that is, it can be changed or cancelled by the testator at any time before his death.  

How does testator revoke his will?




Also, we shall discuss the following  - If a will has been revoked, can it be resuscitated?

Revoking a Will

In this video we shall cover some basic will drafting steps for you as a testator.

  • Create an inventory of you assets and liabilities and put a realistic value on each.
  • Decide whom you want to appoint as executor.  
  • Read through the contents of your will carefully and make sure you understand everything.
  • Sign your will according to legal requirements.
  • Make sure your original will is kept in safe storage.

Drafting Steps for Testator
1 Lecture 00:17

Congratulations & Thank You!

  • Thank you for taking this course.  
  • Be sure to take a look at the sample documents.
  • Please be kind and add a quick review.

Again, thank you!



Final Review

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About the Instructor
TaQuita Hogan-Claiborne
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Currently, I am working as a Full-Time Faculty Instructor for Wharton County Junior College Paralegal/Legal Studies Department. As a Full-Time Instructor, I have had excellent opportunities to teach a variety of courses, including Real Property, Contracts Law, Wills and Probate, Legal Research, Legal Writing, Civil Litigation, including online legal courses and other such legal subjects.

I also have my own law practice, which I represent clients in probate and estate administrations; I represent musicians, record producers, record labels, managers, and songwriters and other business entities. I represent businesses and individuals in filing the proper USCIS/ Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor forms and planning the right strategy to achieve their immigration objective. I create and evaluate contracts including living trusts, living wills, power of attorneys, subcontract agreements, work for hire agreements, wills, and many, many more.

--T.M. Hogan-Claiborne, Esq.