With Penn Foster Career School’s Real Estate, Wills, and Estates for Paralegals Certificate, you can learn about real estate and estate administration matters. You will learn the paralegal perspective for property law, modern real estate practice, and how to understand and use the forms related to real estate law. The course also covers the practical day-to-day duties of a paralegal as they relate to drafting wills and trusts and estate planning. And you can complete this program in just eight months.
Program Goal and Outcomes
The Real Estate, Wills, and Estates Certificate program teaches the skills practicing paralegals need to take on additional responsibilities in matters involving real estate, wills, and estate administration.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Describe the various types of property interests involved in real estate transactions and the roles and obligations of different players in those transactions
- Identify critical contract terms and conditions; understand and properly complete contract forms; draft and interpret deeds and leases
- Understand statutes that relate to wills and estates and the role of assistant to the personal representative in the performance of estate administration duties
- Draft a preliminary will that's free from errors of construction, and prepare preliminary drafts of the various kinds of trusts, for the supervising attorney's review
- Apply the procedures and prepare the legal forms used in probate for a set of facts involving a decedent's estate
- Understand the procedures and legal forms for creating an estate plan incorporating tax-saving devices to reduce or eliminate death taxes and identify ethical employment responsibilities of practicing paralegals in the field of wills, trusts, and estate administration
Real Estate Law
The real estate industry—real estate development, construction, sales, leases, and financing—generates a great deal of work for law firms. Paralegals often work with real estate law, and this course is designed to teach you the basics. Real estate law varies some from state to state, but most of the principles are the same in all states.
- Understand the types, content, and preparation of deeds.
- Understand how real estate is described in deeds.
- Define and give examples of encumbrances, easements, and licenses.
- Describe some of the ways government regulates the use of real estate.
- Describe the components of a real estate purchase contract and the real estate closing process.
- Explain the role of lawyers and paralegals in the process of real estate financing.
- List the provisions of a standard lease and explain their purpose.
Additional Course Material
Textbook: Practical Real Estate Law, Fifth Edition, by Daniel F. Hinkel
Wills and Estates
Paralegals often handle matters dealing with wills, trusts, and/or estate administration.
- Understand statutes and statutory language pertaining to wills and estates.
- Draft a preliminary will for the supervising attorney’s review.
- Prepare preliminary drafts of the various kinds of trusts.
- Prepare legal forms to create an estate plan.
- Apply the procedures and prepare the legal forms used in probate and estate administration.
- Prepare the tax returns of a decedent’s estate.
Additional Course Material
Textbook: Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration for the Paralegal, Fifth Edition, by Dennis R. Hower
You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows XP® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.
To view a Real Estate, Wills, and Estates for Paralegals sample lesson, click here.
Real Estate, Wills, and Estates for Paralegals Program Details
In the Penn Foster Career School Online Real Estate, Wills, and Estates for Paralegals training program, you will cover a variety of relevant topics, like drafting wills, trusts, and estate planning, as well as general paralegal duties.
Students interested in enrolling in this program should have an educational or work-related background in core paralegal concepts. Students without the necessary prerequisites should consider Penn Foster Career School’s Paralegal Career Diploma Program.
State Licensing Information
Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.